The mission of the Rheumatology Research Foundation mission is to advance training and research focused on improving the health of people with rheumatic diseases.
To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for its Medical and Graduate Student Preceptorship program.
The foundation seeks to attract promising physician-scientists to the field of rheumatology and introduce residents to the specialty of rheumatology by supporting a full-time clinical or research experience in the broad area of rheumatic disease.
Grants of $4,000 will be awarded for eight-week research or clinical preceptorship to be completed within twelve months of the award start date, while grants of 2,000 will be awarded for at least a four-week clinical preceptorship. Grant recipients also will receive up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the ACR/ARP annual meeting.
The preceptorship is not designed to replace a clinical clerkship in rheumatology. Programs should be designed as a "shadow" experience, with the student observing the preceptor and not expected to perform independent patient management. Examples of such experiences would primarily include observing patient contact in the clinical office, accompanying the preceptor on rehabilitation facility visits, hospital rounds, and/or conferences at the preceptor's institution.
To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in a LCME or AOA COCA-accredited medical school and be a citizen or non-citizen national of the United States or in lawful possession of a permanent resident card. Undergraduate students who have been accepted into medical school, students enrolled in an accredited graduate school, or undergraduate students who have been accepted into graduate school are eligible to apply. The preceptor must be an ACR member or ARP member at the time of submission and for the duration of the award, though student researchers are not required to be members.
See the Rheumatology Research Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.