The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced today a new collaboration with the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) to increase the number of historically disadvantaged scholars from the field of nephrology who can achieve senior rank in academic medicine.
“We are pleased to work with ASN to support our shared mission of attracting and retaining underrepresented physician-scientists in nephrology research,” said David S. Wilkes, MD, national program director of the AMFDP. “This collaboration will allow ASN to use our established selection process, while giving ASN-AMFDP Scholars access to our rich network of program alumni and mentoring resources. The AMFDP will gain visibility to help us extend our reach within the field of nephrology.”
The AMFDP and the ASN will work together to support the research and career development of a kidney research scholar through a four-year, postdoctoral research award. The scholar receives an annual stipend up to $75,000, complemented by a $30,000 annual grant toward support of research activities. The scholar studies and conducts research in association with a senior faculty member located at an academic medical center or dental school noted for the training of young faculty. The application process is underway, with applications being accepted through March 18, 2015.
ASN President Jonathan Himmelfarb, MD, FASN, stated, “Promoting diversity and inclusiveness to enhance nephrology and improve patient care is key to ASN’s mission. The ASN-AMFDP program will increase diversity among future leaders in nephrology, promoting the innovation, creativity, and sensitivity that will advance health for all people living with kidney disease.”
The Harold Amos Program was created as the Minority Medical Faculty Development Program in 1983 by RWJF to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who can achieve senior rank in academic medicine or dentistry, and who will encourage and foster the development of succeeding classes of such physicians and dentists. The program defines the term “historically disadvantaged” to mean challenges facing individuals because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or other, similar factors.
The program was renamed and expanded in 2004 in honor of Harold Amos, PhD, who was the first African-American to chair a department, now the Department of Microbiology and Medical Genetics, of the Harvard Medical School. The program was further expanded to include dental medicine, and also partners with the American Society of Hematology. Program alumni have received hundreds of awards and honors, including the MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant.” Many alumni have become influential leaders in the health care field; for example, three alumni are directors at the National Institutes of Health, and 10 have been elected to the Institute of Medicine.
Learn more at http://www.amfdp.org. The application period is now closed.
About The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), works to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who can achieve senior rank in academic medicine or dentistry, and who will encourage and foster the development of succeeding classes of such physicians and dentists. For more information, visit www.amfdp.org.
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.
About the American Society of Nephrology
Founded in 1966, and with more than 15,000 members, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) leads the fight against kidney disease by educating health professionals, sharing new knowledge, advancing research, and advocating the highest quality care for patients.