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Arnold P. Gold Foundation Student Summer Fellowships

Application deadline March 15, 2008

The Gold Foundation is accepting applications for the 2007 Student Summer Fellowship program. The grant award includes a $3,000 stipend for a 10 week period (schools are encouraged to supplement this amount by up to $600).

Students may apply for either the Research Fellowship or the Service Fellowship program.

Student Summer Research Fellowship:
The Student Summer Research Fellowship grants are modeled on NIH short-term training grants, but are awarded for research in community health and cultural competency issues, rather than laboratory work. The Foundation's goal is to provide an opportunity for students to work directly with patients and to become more compassionate, relationship-centered physicians. The student is expected to carry-out the research under the full-time oversight of a mentor. The research should have the potential to be on-going. A final report is due at the conclusion of the ten weeks. The first half of the grant funds are sent upon Foundation acceptance of the student's proposal and receipt of a signed grant agreement from the school. The balance is sent upon receipt of the student's final report.

Application Procedures:
Students must submit a two-three page proposal outlining the research project, including:

  1. abstract
  2. hypothesis
  3. objectives and significance
  4. research design and methodology (if IRB approval is necessary, please give status)
  5. discussion of how this fellowship might contribute to the applicant’s understanding of the practice of humanistic medicine as well as the patients’ experience with illness and the healthcare system.

The project should be pre-approved by both the student’s mentor and the Dean's Office (Student Affairs and Medical Education Deans are also acceptable). Supporting letters from the faculty mentor and dean must accompany the proposal. The faculty mentor's letter should indicate that s/he has approved the proposal, has agreed to supervise the student for ten weeks, and will review, approve, and sign the report at the conclusion of the project.

Sample titles from previous research fellowships:
“Prevalence of Depression in Adolescent Emergency Department,” “Identifying the Barriers to Pediatric Vaccinations Faced by a Recently Established Hispanic Population,” “Assessing the Service and Educational Impact of Medical Student-Run Health Clinics.”

Please be sure to specify that you are applying for the Student Summer Research Fellowship. Currently, the Gold Foundation accepts applications only from students at United States schools of medicine and osteopathy. Application must include full contact information for student and faculty mentor.

Reporting Procedures:
A final paper describing the project is required within six weeks of the conclusion of the summer program. Any major changes in a project must be pre-approved by the Foundation. The final paper should include:

  1. a restatement of the original hypothesis and objectives of the project
  2. a description of the investigation and activities undertaken
  3. qualitative and quantitative data gathered and its significance
  4. resulting conclusions
  5. evaluation of project (include tools, methods used, work to date if part of a larger project)
  6. discussion of how this fellowship has contributed to the students understanding of the practice of humanistic medicine as well as the patients’ experience with illness and the healthcare system.
  7. mentor’s approval of final paper

Some well-conceived projects may fail or yield ambiguous results when unexpected problems are encountered. In all cases, students should write a clear and candid appraisal of the project and interpretations of the data and problems encountered.

Student Summer Service Fellowships:
The Student Summer Service Fellowship is intended to provide students an opportunity to design and implement a service project addressing a public health need in an underserved community or population. The Foundation's goal is to provide an opportunity for students to work directly with patients and to become more compassionate, relationship-centered physicians.

Sample projects include providing breast screenings at homeless shelters, creating an educational video for elderly patients on safety issues, and carrying out AIDS/HIV education among recent Chinese immigrants.

The student is expected to work full time with a mentor on a project that has the potential to be on-going. A final report is due at the conclusion of the ten weeks. The first half of the grant funds are sent upon Foundation acceptance of the student's proposal and receipt of a signed grant agreement from the school. The balance is sent upon receipt of the student's final report.

Application Procedures:
Students must submit a two-three page proposal outlining the project. Original Application

This must include,

  1. a statement of need identifying and providing background on the public health issue and population being addressed
  2. a detailed implementation plan to address these needs
  3. an evaluation component to assess impact of student’s intervention
  4. discussion of how this fellowship might contribute to the applicant’s understanding of the practice of humanistic medicine as well as the patients’ experience with illness and the healthcare system.

The project should be pre-approved by both the student’s mentor and the Dean's Office (Student Affairs and Medical Education Deans are also acceptable). Supporting letters from the faculty mentor and dean must accompany the proposal. The faculty mentor's letter should indicate that s/he has approved the proposal, has agreed to supervise the student for ten weeks, and will review, approve, and sign the report at the conclusion of the project.

Please be sure to specify that you are applying for the Student Summer Service Fellowship. Currently, the Gold Foundation accepts applications only from students at United States schools of medicine and osteopathy. Application must include full contact information for student and faculty mentor.

Reporting Procedures:
A final paper describing the project is required within six weeks of the conclusion of the summer program. Any major changes in a project must be pre-approved by the Foundation. The final paper should include:

  • restatement of the original goals and planned intervention
  • description of activities undertaken, including information on number of participants/beneficiaries
  • discussion of the project’s final results and its impact on the target issue/population, including whether or not the original goals were met
  • evaluation results (include tools, methods used)
  • discussion of how this fellowship has contributed to the students understanding of the practice of humanistic medicine as well as the patients’ experience with illness and the healthcare system.
  • mentor’s approval of final paper

Some well-conceived projects may fail or yield ambiguous results when unexpected problems are encountered. In all cases, students should write a clear and candid appraisal of the project and interpretations of the data and problems encountered. A section must also be included discussing how this fellowship has contributed to the student’s understanding of the practice of humanistic medicine as well as the patients’ experience with illness and the healthcare system.

Gold Foundation Contact:
Ann Bruder, Director of Programs
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation
619 Palisade Ave., 2nd floor
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
Tel: 201-567-7999
Fax: 201-567-7880
Email: abruder@gold-foundation.org


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