Why is the AAMC offering two seminars in 2019?
In recent years, the demand for the early career women’s seminar has continued to grow and the number of applications we receive far exceeds the number of available seats in the seminar. As a result, many highly qualified candidates have been turned away. In 2019, the AAMC has chosen to offer two seminars, in order to support the greatest number of women faculty possible to provide them with the leadership tools and skills necessary for advancing their career in academic medicine and science.
Is there any distinction between the two seminars?
No. Both seminars will deliver the same high-quality content and leverage the experience of our esteemed faculty. The format of the seminar will remain the same as in previous years; with plenary sessions, participant self-selected topical workshops, the development of a CV and personal statement, networking receptions, and yoga to promote wellness. The distinctive factor between the two is the dates and locations differ.
What happens if I’m rejected from the February 2019 seminar?
As long as your background and experience is a good fit for the early career seminar, and you’re academic appointment is with a AAMC member institution, we will extend rejected applicants the opportunity to express their interest in attending the July seminar. Although, these candidates will still be required to complete the application process for the summer seminar, they will be able to use the same CV and letter of support that was uploaded during the February application cycle.
Will the AAMC offer two early career women faculty seminars in the future?
Possibly. With each application cycle, we will continue to monitor the number of applications received in order to determine if a second seminar is necessary the following calendar year. That said, if there is only one seminar scheduled in a given year, it will continue to be held in the summer months.
I’m not sure if I’m the right fit for this seminar – who is the seminar meant for?
The Early-Career Seminar for Women Faculty is designed for women at the instructor or assistant professor level, ideally with at least 1-2 years in academic medicine. We recognize every faculty member’s career progresses at a different pace so we say, generally, this seminar is designed for women faculty who have been in academic medicine for 6 years or less. Applicants to this seminar should be toward the beginning of their career, looking for basic information and skills to navigate academic medicine, and aspiring to acquire leadership skills and roles within academic medicine.
When will applications be open?
The application process for the February 2019 seminar will open in late August 2018. The application process for the July 2019 seminar will open in mid-February 2019. The application will remain open for approximately 5 weeks. Specific dates will be included in the application website which will be unique for each seminar.
What does the application require?
The application is an online form with a series of questions about your clinical, education, research, and administrative responsibilities (as they are applicable). At the end of the online application you will upload one (1) letter of support from your institution and your most up to date CV.
What is the letter of support?
The letter of support is a letter coming directly from your chair, supervisor, or other administrative leader at your institution. This letter indicates that the institution is aware and supportive of your application and potential attendance of the seminar. This letter of support may or may not include financial support. We require this piece to ensure that the applicant has demonstrated leadership and competence at the institution and also that the institution is aware the individual is applying to the seminar.
Can more than one individual apply from an institution?
Yes absolutely! While we cannot guarantee that all applicants from an institution will be accepted, we recognize the value of having another individual from your institution attend to continue the support and learning once back at your campus. As such, we welcome more than one applicant from each institution.
How are applicants selected?
The application process for the seminar are very competitive every year, so it is most important that candidates are the right fit with the design and learning objectives of the course. We also strive every year to have the most diverse class possible, as one of the major benefits of the seminar is networking with peers both similar and different to the ones your work with every day. To help make this happen we take a number of factors into consideration when selecting applicants other than their academic and clinical qualifications, such as: medical school, region, specialty, length of experience in academic medicine, research area, scholarship area, MD vs PhD (or combined degree), application status, and much more. Considering all the factors of an individual’s application helps create the most dynamic and diverse class possible so the participants have the best learning experience.
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