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Visiting Professorship Program


Call for Applications is Currently Closed

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Visiting Professorship Program is designed to award up to $2,500 to 5 AAP chapters. The program is designed to increase awareness, early diagnosis and management of FASDs in children within the medical home. AAP staff will work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) FASDs Regional Training Centers (RTCs) to identify experts from respective regions to travel to award recipient AAP chapters to conduct relevant continuing medical education activities.
*** Please note this opportunity is available to US AAP chapters only. Also, if your chapter was a recipient of the 2011 FASD Visiting Professorship, you are not eligible to apply for this round of awards.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) are a leading known cause of intellectual disability and birth defects and are 100% preventable. FASD is a term used to describe the range of disabilities that may affect children whose mothers consumed alcohol while pregnant. Children exposed to alcohol during fetal development can suffer multiple negative effects, including physical and cognitive deficits. Despite the known adverse effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, children who have FASDs often are not identified as needing assessment, may not receive a correct diagnosis or fail to receive a referral for effective treatment. Although there is no cure for FASDs, early identification and diagnosis have been shown to be essential in providing health, education, and social services that promote optimal well-being.
In 2009, the AAP began a cooperative agreement with the CDCs National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) for the Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants & Children (PEHDIC). PEHDIC aims to link community physicians at the national, state, and local levels to activities that support health, disease prevention and optimal development for newborns, infants, children and youth. Areas targeted by PEHDIC include: hearing screening, early identification of children with developmental disabilities, prevention of secondary conditions in children with disabilities, health promotion for children with disabilities, and transition to adult life. FASDs is one of the topics addressed within PEHDIC.
The goals of this Visiting Professorship Program are to:
  • increase awareness of FASDs
  • improve identification of children in need of assessment for FASDs
  • connect AAP chapters with their respective CDC FASD RTC
  • increase access to FASDs experts and local resources
  • encourage early diagnosis and intervention of children with FASDs
Application Process
Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Proposals must be submitted via e-mail as attachments. Applications will be reviewed by the AAP FASD Expert Panel. Review criteria will include strength of objectives, planned activity or activities and concordance with program goals.
Chapters are encouraged to work with their regional training center to help develop a strong application. View a listing of the current training centers, the states they serve, and contact information.
Application Requirements
Proposals should be no longer than four (4) typed pages. The application requires the following:
  1. Contact information: Indicate the primary contact name, phone number, and e-mail address to which all correspondence should be addressed.
  2. Need: Clearly describe the need for focusing on the issue of FASDs within your chapter. Discuss the current gaps, lack of information or access, etc.
  3. Goals and objectives: Clearly state your goal(s) and objective(s) for the proposed visiting professorship. *Note program goals above*
  4. Format: Provide a detailed description of specific activities that clearly describe what is expected of the visiting professor. This description should include: 1) type of venue, 2) composition and size of the anticipated audience, and 3) amount of time allocated for the activity or activities. The program duration will be one day. Please be as specific as possible. Suggested formats include lecture, lunch discussion group, grand rounds presentation or added on to an already occurring chapter meeting. Other formats will also be considered.
  5. Budget: Anticipated funds for each recipient chapter are $2,500. Please submit a budget for up to this amount. Expenses may include: visiting professor’s honorarium of $500 (maximum), travel, meals, meeting space, promotional activities, and refreshments. Please note, in a scenario where there will be more than one visiting professor, the $500 honorarium must be divided equally between faculty. Please note, chapters are expected to use their own funds to cover the cost of the visiting professorship activity up to $2500 which will be reimbursed by the AAP upon successful completion of activities and submission of final, original receipts and invoices.

    To maximize the impact of these funds it is recommended that applicants consider conducting this event as a part of a larger chapter or district meeting. Please see below a suggested budget to help applicants in developing their own budget. The outlined budget provides general guidelines which are flexible. Applicants are encouraged to individualize their budget based on the project’s purpose and activities needed to achieve program outcomes. If you have any questions regarding your budget, contact Faiza Khan.

    ​ActivityDescription​​Maximum Allowable
    ​HonorariumVisiting Professor Honorarium (1 x $500) * Note if there is more than visiting professor, the honorarium of $500 will be split between the two speakers (2 x $250 = $500).​$500
    Travel (hotel, airfare, and estimates of incidentals, and meals)This program will fund travel, meals, and incidental expenses for the visiting professor. All airfare must be booked through the AAP travel office. Any meals or incidentals will be covered by way of the visiting professor’s expense report, which should be submitted directly to the AAP for reimbursement.​$1500
    Marketing/ Promotional ActivitiesThe marketing funds are to be used to publicize the visiting professorship to various audiences and create/print onsite materials for the event.​$200
    Meeting ExpensesThese funds are to cover costs associated with the event planning such as audiovisual equipment, renting/fees associated with a meeting space, food and/or making the session available via webinars or teleconference.​$300

  6. Proposed date of activity: Please provide suggested dates for when the activity will occur, ideally between March and July. Other dates will also be considered and accommodated as best possible.
  7. Outreach activity: Since the goal of the program is to increase awareness, please be prepared to carry out one post event activity as a result of this visiting professorship. Examples of such outreach activities include: a summary of the highlights of the event in a chapter newsletter, information about FASDs housed on the chapter Web site, identifying and carrying out a collaborative opportunity with the RTC, etc. This activity can be as in depth as desired.
  8. Evaluation: Applicants should include a plan for evaluating the success of the professorship in terms of increased knowledge, greater awareness, and potential for practice change. Evaluations as simple as a pre and post surveys are acceptable although longer term follow-up surveys would be optimal. Results of the evaluation conducted must be included in the final report. Please remember, activity outcomes/objectives must be measurable.
  9. Additional criteria for strong application: Strong applications may include a component of some residency training, be linked with an academic institution, and/or have a plan to engage allied health professionals or medical students to promote interprofessional education. Applicants are encouraged to offer CME for the activity to increase participation and take a more outcomes based approach.
Important Dates
Please note the following important dates and/or timeframe for this award:
January 3, 2012Call for proposals open
February 11, 2013Call for proposals closes
March 8, 2013 or earlierApplicants notified of funding decision
March 11 – July 19, 20135 Visiting professorships take place
Review Criteria
Ideal proposals will demonstrate a strong desire for learning; outline a clear set of goals/objectives and evaluation for the event; and summarize an outreach activity that will be impactful.
Final Expenses and Summary Report
Two (2) weeks after (and no later than Friday, August 9, 2013) the completion of the Visiting Professorship activity a final report summarizing the details of the event, evaluation method and outcomes, proposed outreach activity along with a final, detailed budget and original receipts/invoices is expected. The summary report should be at least 1 page and include all relevant attachments. Additional details regarding expenses reimbursement will be e-mailed to awardees after the completion of activities.
Inquiries and Technical Assistance
If you have any questions about these guidelines, contact Faiza Khan, MPH, AAP FASD Program Manager:
Phone: (847) 434-4924
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