Deadline: March 1, 2012
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 conduct the service project under the oversight and supervision of a mentor. A final report is due at the conclusion of the 10 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 2-3 page proposal outlining the project, including:
- a statement of need identifying and providing background on the public health issue and population being addressed
- background and literature review with appropriate citations (citations can be provided in appendix following the 2-3 page proposal)
- a detailed implementation plan to address these needs (if IRB approval/exemption is necessary, please provide application status)
- an evaluation component to assess impact of student’s intervention
- expected level of direct patient interaction during course of the fellowship
- comment on possibility for project to continue after the summer fellowship
- a statement on opportunity for student to present work to faculty and peers, and possibility for publication.
- discussion of how this fellowship might contribute to the applicant’s understanding of the practice of humanistic medicine as well as the patient experience with illness, their health and the healthcare system.
A Cover Sheet, Mentor Form and supporting letter from the Student Affairs or Medical Education Dean must accompany all applications. The letter from the Dean of Student Affairs or Medical Education must state that: 1) the student is presently in good academic standing, 2) the school approves of the mentor and the location of the project, and, 3) the school is willing to accept and administer the grant.
If project is taking place off-site or overseas, the On-site Project Supervisor Form must be submitted.
Electronic submissions are preferred. Please email application materials to email@example.com.
During the course of the fellowship, any major changes in the project or a change in mentor must be pre-approved by the Foundation.
Reporting Procedures: A final paper describing the project is required within six weeks of the conclusion of the fellowship. The final paper should include:
- restatement of the original goals and planned intervention
- description of activities undertaken, including information on number of participants
- 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, their health and the healthcare system.
- mentor’s approval of final paper submitted on Mentor Final Approval Form
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 collected data.
Gold Foundation Contact:
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation
619 Palisade Ave., 2nd floor
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632