Forensic Pathology Advanced Training Grant 2024
Forensic Pathology Advanced Training Grant
Most are aware of the current physician shortage which also impacts the field of pathology. Covid and the opioid crisis have further highlighted the need for forensic pathologists. It is essential for the future generation of pathologists to have a working knowledge and understanding of both the role and challenges in the field of forensic pathology in order to support the specialty and recognize and meet public health needs with regard to forensic casework in all areas of medicine and science.
With support from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), and the NAME Foundation, this grant offers CAP Junior Members, an introduction to forensic pathology via a four-week away rotation at a Medical Examiner (ME) / Coroner office, providing pathology residents:
•Obtain hands-on experience in forensic pathology.
•Receive instruction and training in forensic pathology.
•Gain a working knowledge of the benefits and challenges of forensic pathology.
•Obtain experience with the use and interpretation of forensic pathology as it pertains to death investigation and certification.
•Consider pursuing a career in forensic pathology.
This training will take place in 2024; awardee and host site to schedule a mutually agreeable four-week training rotation. The awardee must use the funds in the year that they are bestowed, that means the rotation must take place by December 31, 2024.
See list of participating sites, to include any special requirements or considerations for the applicant to be aware of when indicating their site rotation choice. Note that the awardee may be required to enter into a memorandum of understanding and/or nondisclosure agreement with the ME training site. The selection of the offsite training location to be mutually agreeable between the awardee and the host site.
The award is open to all CAP Junior Members. Applicants will be considered regardless of age, race, gender, national origin, or religion.
All applicants must have completed their first year of either AP or AP/CP residency.
Candidates with a strong interest in forensic pathology who do not have access to a forensic fellowship training program within 50 miles of their residency training institution will be prioritized.
Funding up to $5,000 is available to support eligible travel and living expenses during the four-week training period. Awardees and/or their residency programs would need to cover any travel costs that exceed the amount awarded.
We expect the recipient’s own pathology residency institution to support the resident’s attendance by authorizing permission to participate. If expenses exceed the award amount, the resident may seek his/her own travel funds or department funds to cover the balance of expenses.
On behalf of the CAP Foundation Board of Directors, the CAP Foundation Grants Committee in collaboration with the CAP Forensic Pathology Committee, chooses the award recipient based on peer reviews. Factors considered include, but are not limited to:
- Merit of application
- Value of educational experience to the applicant
- Applicant background as it relates to prior exposure/interest in forensic pathology
- Capacity and willingness to share information and experience with colleagues
APPLY BY: April 2024; award recipient will be announced by May 2024
Please include the following with your completed application:
1. Responses to the following:
a. Why you are interested in forensic pathology
b. How will this experience enhance your training in pathology
d. Describe any previous exposure that will help you fulfill the elective's objectives
e. Describe how you will use this experience to benefit the practice of pathology and by extension to society.
f. Your plan for sharing your experience and the information learned with colleagues
g. Why you require CAP Foundation financial support and what other means of support are available
2. Your residency program director's signature (invite this individual as a collaborator on your application).
3. A letter of recommendation and documentation from your residency program director confirming that your salary and benefits will be supported during the award period.
4. Curriculum Vitae
5. Professional Headshot (1+ megabyte; color; with or without lab coat; neutral background; the photo you submit to be used in web and print media for award recognition; no selfies please)
Upon completion of this rotation, the awardee is expected to submit the following to the CAP Foundation within 30 days of concluding the experience:
- an expense reimbursement form
- an overview (500–700-word summary) of your experience
- a short evaluation form
- one photo of yourself and one photo of you with the host working together during the rotation
- short video testimonial
The CAP Foundation may also communicate the bestowing of this award and content from your evaluation form for future promotional purposes with CAP members and donors via the Foundation website, social media channels, newsletter, or annual report.