AGING Initiative MCCs Scholars Program

  • Funding Type:
    Professional Development Opportunities
  • Opportunity From:

    The NIH-funded Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN) and Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs) AGING Initiative

Opportunity Description:

The NIH-funded Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN) and Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs) AGING Initiative is launching the the fifth year of its Clinical Scholars Program intended to catalyze an expansion of interdisciplinary research relevant to the science of Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCCs). The program will create a cohort of emerging leaders who are committed to pursuing training and collaborative opportunities to align their research interests and agendas with issues relevant to the health and healthcare of older adults with MCCs.

The AGING Initiative will select up to 10 scholars per year. Over the subsequent year, scholars will participate in webinar-based curriculum on MCC research, engaging patient and caregiver partners, and career and leadership development. The MCCs Scholars Program aims to foster a nationwide community and mentoring network to extend and sustain MCCs research.

What is MCC Research and Why is it Important?
There is increasing recognition that the most common "chronic condition" in older adults is multiple chronic conditions (MCCs). Yet, due to the dominance of a disease-specific approach to clinical research, there is a dearth of strong research evidence to guide clinical practice and inform shared clinical decision-making relevant to the care of patients with MCCs. Developing partnerships with patients and caregivers is a key component of studying MCCs.

Who should apply to the MCC Scholars Program?
Scholars must meet the following criteria:
-- MD, PhD, or equivalent degree (e.g. DO, AudD, DPT, etc.)
-- Evidence of commitment to research in a field relevant to MCCs and/or aging
-- Preference will be given to applicants who are in earlier stage of career (e.g., not yet received an R01 or tenure, or attained these milestones only recently)
-- Must attend the workshop on April 26-28, 2023 and 6 webinars during the Scholarship year (may attend additional webinars in future years, if desired)

We encourage applications from trainees, early stage investigators, and individuals from groups under-represented in research careers (e.g., women, ethnic/racial minorities, people with disabilities). We seek applicants who (1) wish to collaborate with other investigators interested in MCCs, or (2) have research activities that could be enhanced by the data resources and/or expertise available through the AGING Initiative. MCCs Scholars do not need to be affiliated with the HCSRN or OAICs.

How do I apply for the MCCs Scholars Program?
Applications should be submitted electronically to the submission site. An updated NIH biosketch is required as well as short responses (400 words or less per response) to describe: 1) Your interests and aspirations related to MCC research, 2) Prior accomplishments and/or evidence of potential to lead or participate in collaborative research, 3) How your work will have an impact on patients living with MCCs, and 4) Your goals for participating in the MCC Scholars Program.

What should I do if I have additional questions?
Inquires can also be made directly to Ollie Desrochers at Olivia.Desrochers@umassmed.edu.

 

An informational webinar will also be held on Monday, November 21 at 1pm ET / 12pm CT / 10am PT.  Please the following link to register: https://umassmed.zoom.us/meeting/register/

Key Dates
Applications Due: January 6, 2023 at 11:59pm ET
Selected Scholars Notified: February 17, 2023
MCCs Scholars Workshop: April 26-28, 2023

 

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