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Submitting Your Application

NOTICE: THE FIT PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS AS PART OF A REVISION PROCESS. 
THE REVISED FIT PROGRAM IS ANTICIPATED TO RE-OPEN APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS BY FALL 2017. AACH HAS JUST ANNOUNCED A NEW RELATIONSHIP-CENTERED COMMUNICATION FACILITATORS PROGRAM (RCF). AS THE PRE-REQUISITE TRACK FOR INDIVIDUALS APPLYING TO THE FACULTY-IN-TRAINING (FIT) PROGRAM IN THE FUTURE, THE NEW RCF PROGRAM will be open soon.

1. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the new AACH Relationship-Centered Communication Facilitators Program (RCF) (or equivalent as an AACH train-the-trainer graduate)… AND attendance at the AACH ENRICH Course.

2. Contact Lindsay Bettermann with your intent to apply to the program at lbettermann@amrms.com.

3. After getting confirmation from Ms. Bettermann that you can proceed with your application, you will submit all of your application materials to her.  Your application will be reviewed by the FIT Committee at its next monthly meeting. 

Required Application Materials:
  • Face Sheet
  • Cover Letter - State your intent to apply to the program and list the letters of recommendation that you have requested.
  • CV
  • Personal Reflective Statement - This is typically 1-1.5 page essay that should explain who you are, reflecting your history, values, skills, and personal goals for the training process. It should include a statement of why you are applying for training at this time and what you intend to do with the training once certified, as well as a frank self-assessment of your knowledge and skills in the areas of interviewing and teaching. It might include a developmental professional history: how you became interested in person-centered patient care and teaching and how this interest influences your professional life.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation from AACH Faculty - These should be sent by faculty with whom you have worked in AACH courses or in other capacities. These letters should discuss your knowledge and competence in psychosocial determinants of health and related assessment and intervention skills. They should also provide an opinion about your readiness for AACH training.  Send this request letter to the 2 AACH Faculty from whom you'd like letters.  It contains details on what they need to include in their letters of recommendation.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation from Learners - There should be from learners with whom you have worked in a teaching capacity within the last year.  These may be students and learners from any level or house-officers.  Send this request letter to the 2 learners from whom you'd like letters.  It contains details on what they need to include in their letters of recommendation. If you are involved in direct patient care, at least one of the learners from whom you solicit a letter should be able to comment on your patient interviewing skills on the basis of observing you in a patient care setting.
  • 1 Letter from your Chairperson or Supervisor - This letter should provide evidence of institutional commitment to your training process. This commitment should define clearly the amount of protected time for training and should recognize the importance of your work and academic progress in this area.  Send this request letter to the Chairperson or Supervisor from whom you'd like a letter.  It contains details on what they need to include in their letters of recommendation.
  • Preliminary Learning Plan - This is a statement of your preliminary learning plan for the next year. It should contain overall goals for the year, specific objectives which will lead to those goals, learning activities that will lead to attainment of your objectives, and methods for evaluating your progress. (Click here for a sample learning plan) 

4. You will be notified as to the results of the FIT Committee's decision within two weeks. If accepted, you will receive any feedback from the committee about your application, as well as a letter of agreement to sign (Appendix V) and a list of available guides to choose from if you have not already done so.

We would like to stress that it is not possible to accept every applicant. Senior Academy faculty are heavily committed and will accept only that number of applicants to whom we can guarantee a full and rich experience. 

If not accepted, you will be given recommendations for additions or revisions to your application and an invitation to resubmit your application. 

Tuition

You will receive your first tuition invoice shortly after you are notified about your acceptance into the program. Beginning February 1, 2014, the cost of tuition for the FIT Program is $1750 per year, with a cap of $6000. Your annual tuition will be $1,750.

 If your training extends past three full years, another $750 will be billed reaching the maximum tuition. However, you should also plan for the additional yearly costs of the Winter Course and the ENRICH Course with related travel expenses (see below).
Tuition Schedule for FIT Program:

Year 1 Tuition

$1750

Year 2 Tuition

$1750

Year 3 Tuition

$1750

Year 4 Tuition

$750

Year 5 Tuition

None (as you will have reached the $6000 cap)

Any additional year’s tuition

None

Other Associated Costs

Estimated Additional Annual Costs Associated with the FIT Program:

Required Activity FIT 1 FIT 2 FIT 3
Annual AACH membership*(Assuming 1-year professional membership) $235 $235 $235
Winter Course:      
Registration inclusive of tuition, lodging, and meals (Assuming early bird registration and double occupancy)
$2,000 $2,000 $2,000
Travel $500 $500 $500
  **ENRICH Course:       
Tuition (Assuming early bird registration) $1500 $0 $0
Lodging (Assuming double occupancy $800 $800 $0
Travel $500 $500 $0

Disclaimer- All of these costs are estimates.  Travel costs and course costs vary year-to-year based on course location.

*For other types of AACH membership fees, click here.

**As the responsibilities of an individual FIT at the ENRICH Course increase as they progress through the program (see "FIT Participation at ENRICH", the AACH provides complimentary tuition to FIT2's and both complimentary tuition and reimbursement for lodging and travel for FIT3's. 

ed clinical and educational practice. Facilitators-in-Training (FITs) become an integral part of this committed and talented community of learners. Past and current FITs find the experience of learning and growth rewarding, exhausting, and fun. Continue reading below on this page to learn more about the details of the program. If you are interested in applying to the FIT Program, please see the section for Applicants.

2016 APPLICATION DEADLINE: TBD (BUT IS TYPICALLY MID-SEPTEMBER)

Attendance at the AACH ENRICH Course in a prerequisite for applying to the FIT program.

Frequently Asked Questions 
Current Faculty
As part of the application for the FIT Program, two letters of support from AACH Faculty are required.  Previous applicants to the FIT program have requested these letters of support from AACH Faculty with whom they have interacted in ENRICH learning groups or workshops or through other exposure with these individuals at their home institution.

Hoover Adger

Bob Arnold

Randy Barker

Peter Barnett

Howard Beckman

James Bell

Julian Bird

Donald Brady

Bill Branch

Cecile Carson

Danelle Cayea

Calvin Chou

Carol Chou

Bill Clark

Nan Cochran

Karan Cole

Steven Cole

Julie Crosson

Denise Davis


France Doyle

Douglas Drossman

Dan Duffy

Pam Duke

Barry Egener

Ronald Epstein

John Fasolino

Tom Feagin

Jim Florek

Auguste Fortin

Sharon Foster

Rich Frankel

Mary Fry

Timothy Gilligan

Mary Ann Gilligan

Gary Glober

Michael Goldstein

Geoffrey Gordon

Catherine Gracey

Howard Graman

Ed Gramlich

David Gullen

Mary Beth Happ

Mariana Hewson

Krista Hirschmann

Tom Huff 

Norm Jensen

Adina Kalet

Hans Kallerup

Craig Kaplan

Maysel Kemp White

Dave Kern

Renato Lenzi

Nancy Levine

Wendy Levinson

Jenni Levy

Peter Lichstein

Mack Lipkin

Margaret Little

Beth Lown

Rosalind Mance

Kathy McGrail

Jonel Miklea

Gary Mitchell

Carol Mostow

Kara Myers

Michael Nathan

Dennis Novack

Kenneth Olson

Lynn O'Neill

Luca Oppizzi

Theodore Parran

Ellen Pearlman

Michael Peltenburg

Linda Pololi

Sam Putnam

Timothy Quill

Neda Ratanawongsa

Cathy Risdon

Craig Roth

Marla Rowe Gorosh

Ronald Saizow

Mary Beth Salama

William Salazar

Sheira Schlair

Scott Sherman

Rob Shochet

Jeanette Shorey

Robert Smith

Stuart Sprague

David Steele

Siri Steine

Anthony Suchman

Kevin Taylor

Peter Weissmann

Geof Williams

Sarah Williams

Penny Williamson

Brownwyn Wilson

Contact Us
We, at the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, are delighted that you are interested in the FIT Program and look forward to becoming better acquainted with you. If you have questions or thoughts about the training program, please contact: 
Julie Crosson, MD
FIT Program Co-Director
Boston Medical Center/Dorchester House
Boston, MA
julie.crosson@gmail.com
Jim Bell, PA-C
FIT Program Co-Director
Daemen College
Amherst, NY
jbell2@daemen.edu
Lindsay Bettermann, MBA
Program Manager
AACH
Lexington, Kentucky
lbettermann@amrms.com
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