International Visiting Fellows Exchange Program

2020 ACR-IRA / ACR-PANLAR International Fellows Exchange Programs

The ACR is pleased to collaborate with the Indian Rheumatology Association (IRA) and the Pan American League of Associations for Rheumatology (PANLAR) to offer International Visiting Fellows Exchange Programs. These programs support scientific collaboration between members of the ACR, IRA, and PANLAR, and junior rheumatologists representing each of those organizations. Each award recipient will participate in a four-week exchange in a foreign country and ACR Convergence 2020 in the United States.

The 2020 exchange program will award four applicants with observerships: one fellow from IRA and one from PANLAR will be hosted at academic institutions in the United States, and two ACR fellows will travel to India and Argentina for observerships at academic institutions in those countries. Each award recipient will receive the following.

  • Four weeks of mentoring from rheumatologists through ACR, IRA, or PANLAR, including observation and shadowing of senior rheumatologists and fellows at hosting medical centers.
  • Introduction to clinical and research mentors at the host institution.
  • Opportunities to observe evidence-based medicine in practice, and as available, participate in educational activities and clinical experiences, and receive research mentoring.
  • Complimentary registration for ACR Convergence 2020 in Washington, D.C., including free access (with submission of registration information) to one of the popular premeeting courses.
  • Hotel accommodations (single or double occupancy) in Washington, D.C., from November 5-11, 2020 to attend ACR Convergence.
  • A stipend of up to a $6,000 USD for reimbursement of travel, lodging, and incidental living expenses incurred throughout the exchange period (four weeks in host city and one week in Washington, D.C.). One half of the stipend will be paid by the ACR; the other half will be paid by IRA or PANLAR. Receipts for reimbursable expenses will be required.
  • A one-year membership to the American College of Rheumatology.
  • Certificate of Participation in the ACR-IRA or ACR-PANLAR 2020 International Fellows Exchange Program.

Application Eligibility

Trainees who meet all of the conditions below are eligible to apply.

  • An MD or MBBS fellow in a formal rheumatology training program, or within five years of completing a rheumatology fellowship
  • Below the age of 40 years (exceptions require a request)
  • Able to communicate effectively in the primary language of the host country, orally and in writing (for the U.S. and India - English proficiency is required; for the PANLAR exchange - Spanish proficiency is required)
  • Able to obtain a travel visa for the exchange

How to Apply

2020 applications will open in the spring.

To apply, complete the online form and provide the following.

  1. CV, photograph, and brief biography (300 words or less) for publication
  2. Personal statement that includes how the exchange will support the applicant’s career plans, what the applicant will bring to the program, and what the applicant hopes to gain through the experience to bring back to his/her home institution
  3. Area(s) of special interest (at least one)
  4. Letter of recommendation from Program Director/Supervisor that includes a formal statement about the applicant’s professionalism, scholarly ability, and proficiency in the language of the host country
  5. Ranking of top two choices for host institution (optional)

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