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Submitting Your Application

FIT program applications will be accepted in fall 2017.

Application process

1. Verify that you have met all prerequisites:
    -Successful completion of the new AACH Relationship-Centered Communication Facilitators Program (RCF) (or equivalent as an AACH train-      the-trainer graduate)
    -Attendance at the AACH ENRICH Course.
     -Current AACH member

2. Prior to submitting your application: Contact Lindsay Overall with your intent to apply to the program at loverall@amrms.com.  She will provide you with the application deadline based on the next available FIT Committee call.

3. Submit all of your application materials directly to Lindsay by email at loverall@amrms.com.  Partial applications will not be reviewed. Complete applications will be reviewed by the FIT Committee at its next monthly meeting. 
   
  • Letter of Intent
  • Personal Statement - Address the following items in your statement:
    -Your motivation for applying
    -What (if any) institutional support (financial, time, or otherwise) you have for pursuing the FIT program
    -The skills you hope to attain from the FIT program beyond those gained in the  RCF or TTT program 
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation from AACH Faculty - These should be sent by faculty with whom you have worked in AACH courses, RCF, TTT, or in other capacities. These letters should discuss your knowledge and competence as they relate to the FIT program core domains of facilitation, workshop content and development, coaching, and personal awareness.  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.
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation from a Learner (Coaching) - This should be from a learner with whom you have worked in a coaching capacity within the last year.  The FIT definition of "Coaching" encompasses: feedback, teaching/educator roles, mentoring, and/or remediation. A "learner" is defined as a student or learner from any level, or house-officers.  Send this request letter to the learner from whom you'd like a letter.  It contains details on what he/she need to include in their letter of recommendation. 
  • 1 Letter of Institutional Support - 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. Notification of Verdict- You will be notified as to the results of the FIT Committee's decision within two weeks of their call. If accepted into the program, 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 Faculty 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 & Program Costs

You will receive your first tuition invoice shortly after you are notified about your acceptance into the program. 

Estimated Annual Costs Associated with the FIT Program:

REQUIRED ACTIVITY PREREQUISITE FOR RCF RCF 
(PREREQUISITE FOR
FIT PROGRAM)
FIT PROGRAM YEAR 1 FIT PROGRAM YEAR 2
Annual AACH membership*
(Assuming 1-year professional membership)
 
Not required

 $235

$235

$235
RCF Tuition  N/A $2,950  N/A N/A
FIT Tuition  N/A N/A $1,750 $1,750
Winter Course:

1. Registration (Includes tuition, lodging, and meals for 5 days, and assumes early bird registration and double occupancy)
2. Travel
 

Not required


Registration: $2,000
Travel: $500
ESTIMATED TOTAL:
$2,500 
 

Registration: $2,000
Travel: $500
ESTIMATED TOTAL:
$2,500


Registration: $2,000
Travel: $500
ESTIMATED TOTAL:  $2,500
**ENRICH Course: 

1. Tuition (Assuming early bird member registration
2. Lodging (Assuming double occupancy)
3. Travel
 

Tuition: $1,300 ($1,500 if not an AACH member)
Lodging: $800
Travel: $500
TOTAL ESTIMATE: $2,600-$2,800 + dinners
 

 Tuition: $1,300 ($1,500 if not an AACH member)
Lodging: $800
Travel: $500
TOTAL ESTIMATE: $2,600-$2,800 + dinners


Tuition: $0
Lodging: $800
Travel: $500
TOTAL ESTIMATE:
$1,300 + dinners


Tuition: $0
Lodging: $0
Travel: Reimbursed up to $800
TOTAL ESTIMATE:
Dinners
 TOTAL ESTIMATED COSTS PER YEAR  $2,600-$2,800  $8,285  $5,785 $4,485 
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST TO COMPLETE ENTIRE FIT PROGRAM (ASSUMING FIT GRADUATION AFTER 2 YEARS) $21,155
Includes all required course tuition, program tuition, membership dues, lodging, and travel estimates 


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, the AACH provides complimentary tuition to FITs in Year 1, and both complimentary tuition and reimbursement for lodging and travel for FITs in Year 2.

Contact Us
Julie Crosson, MD
FIT Program Co-Director
Boston University/Dorchester House
Boston, MA
julie.crosson@gmail.com
Carol Chou, MD
FIT Program Co-Director
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
fsamaha@comcast.net 
Lindsay Overall
Program Manager
AACH
Lexington, Kentucky
loverall@amrms.com
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