The American Society of Hematology created the ASH Trainee Council as a means of increasing the involvement of hematology trainees in the administration of the Society through the solicitation of their input on issues related to training and education.
The ASH Trainee Council consists of 12 trainees from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Ten of these trainees must be MDs or MD/PhDs from accredited hematology or hematology/oncology fellowship training programs. Two trainees must be PhDs selected from hematology post-doctoral training programs. The chair of the Trainee Council is elected by the members of the Council at the December meeting.
Each Council member serves a two-year term. Terms are staggered so that each year half the Council members are new, while the other half are in their second year of service. Two members of the Committee on Training Programs serve as liaison members to the Trainee Council.
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Trainee Council Goals
- Advocacy for issues that impact trainees (NIH funding cuts, etc.)
- Representing trainees and their needs (including international trainees and hematology trainees at all levels of training including medical students, residents, fellows, graduate students, and postdocs) to ASH leadership
- Acting as a liaison to other committees to represent trainees and our perspectives: CTP, Communications
- Recruitment/retention of hematologists (from undergraduates onwards)
- Organizing Trainee Day and other trainee events at ASH annual meeting in cooperation with the Committee on Training Programs
- Disseminating information to trainees throughout the year (The Hematologist, TraineE-news)
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Trainee Council Duties
The Trainee Council was created in 2001 to provide a forum for hematology fellows to discuss issues relevant to fellowship training and career development. The Council reports to the Committee on Training Programs regarding matters of concern to trainees and provides suggestions regarding programs that may increase interest in hematology.
The primary function of the ASH Trainee Council is to advise the ASH Committee on Training Programs about issues relevant to the educational needs of trainees in Hematology, including the planning of events and services for trainees at the ASH annual meeting. By developing and implementing programs of interest to trainees, the Trainee Council is a major engine for recruitment of new members to ASH. The Council also assists in the evaluation of various ASH programs and assists in the development and revision of trainee related education materials as needed.
Trainee Council projects and programs:
- ASH Career Development Timeline for Trainees
- Grants Clearing House
- Annual Meeting sessions for trainees
- Trainee Welcome Reception
- Career Development Sessions
- Trainee Simultaneous Didactic Sessions
- Trainee Day
- Participation on the Mentor Award study section
- Development of articles and case studies for TraineE-news
- Trainee specific articles in The Hematologist
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A conference call takes place in the spring and the Council meets one-day in the early fall to develop recommendations to be passed on to ASH leadership. The agenda for the meetings is developed by the chair of the Trainee Council with the help of other Council members and the Committee on Training Programs. The remaining work of the Council takes place by e-mail or conference call throughout the year. In addition, the Council also meets during the ASH annual meeting in December. The chair of the Council serves as a liaison member to the Committee on Training Programs and is expected to attend their spring and fall meetings. ASH pays for the cost of hotel accommodations and travel to all meetings for each Council member.
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Eligibility to Serve on the Council
Trainees who exhibit leadership qualities and a high potential for a successful career in hematology or a hematology-related discipline are desired candidates.
Trainees in accredited hematology and hematology/oncology training programs who are currently in their first year of training are eligible for nomination by their training program directors. These trainees must have a medical degree with or without a PhD degree. PhD trainees in all hematology-related disciplines are eligible for nomination by their division chief/department chair.
All trainees must be continuing in their training program in the 2013-2015 academic years (July 1 - June 30).
All applicants are required to be Associate members of ASH in good standing at the time the application is submitted, and for the duration of your term on the Trainee Council. If your 2013 dues have not been paid by 11:59 pm, Eastern, February 28, 2013, your application will be deemed ineligible.
To verify your membership status, please log on to the membership section of the ASH website. If you need assistance with your username and password, please contact an ASH Customer Relations Representative at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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All applications must include all of the following:
- Completed Application Form
- A letter of nomination from the MD trainee’s training program director or the PhD applicant’s division chief/department chair. The letter of nomination should include:
- Reasons that support the candidate’s application
- Assessment of candidate's qualifications (including clinical, research, education, service-related) relevant to participation in the council
- Potential for leadership and contribution
- Confirmation of applicant's enrollment in a hematology, hematology/oncology, or hematology-related training program that consists of more than two years, in order to be concurrent with the two-year term on the council
- A brief personal statement from the trainee. The personal statement should include:
- Reasons for wishing to participate in the Council
- Evidence of leadership abilities
- Committee/service experience
- “Other” qualifications or achievements that would be of value to the Council
- Any ideas or proposals that could be brought to the Council
- The trainee’s CV.
- Trainee Council applications must be submitted electronically to email@example.com by 11:59 pm EST May 7, 2013.
- Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
- All submissions MUST include the required documents listed above, in the order above, and be submitted as one PDF file.
- The file should be named in the following format: TC Application Lastname-Firstname 2013.pdf
- Applications not formatted correctly, with missing or incorrect required documents will not be considered.
- Any application that does not follow the requirements, is not formatted correctly, is lacking information, has incorrect information, or is lacking required documents will be deemed ineligible and will not be reviewed by the study section.
- There are no appeals or consideration for additional or further review once an application has been determined ineligible.
- All application submissions will be sent a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact the ASH Training Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 202-552-4928.
Each training program may submit only one nomination per year. Nominating materials must be sent by e-mail to email@example.com no later than May 7, 2013.
Selection of Trainee Council members from the nominations received will be made by the ASH Executive Committee based upon recommendations from the ASH Committee on Training Programs.
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For more information about the ASH Trainee Council, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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