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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the FIT program?

To be eligible to apply to the FIT program, you must first successfully complete the Relationship-Centered Communication Facilitators Program (RCF) or receive certification in an AACH train-the-trainer program. The application process is currently closed. Revised application requirements will be posted by 2017. 

How much does the FIT program cost?

The cost of tuition is $1,750 per year for the first 3 years. Your 4th year is $750. Should you need a 4th year to complete the program, you pay $750 for the 4th year. The program tuition is capped at $6,000, so you are not charged for any additional years beyond four. For details on other related program costs click here.

What is the time commitment for the FIT program?

Your time in the Faculty-in-Training Program should be one of significant learning and skill development, as well as one of exciting personal growth. Potentially, it will become one of the most valuable educational experiences you undertake. It is intensive. FITs spend considerable time in activities related to the training program, often as much as two to four hours per week, in addition to time spent at the annual ENRICH and Winter Training Courses. You and your supervisors should be aware of this level of commitment.

What is a Guide?

Each FIT is paired with an AACH faculty member “Guide.” AACH faculty are individuals who have graduated from the FIT program. The Guide acts as a mentor to facilitate progress and growth during training. FITs and Guides meet regularly to discuss learning issues and to negotiate many aspects of training relative to creating and implementing a learning plan. One of the first tasks of a new FIT is selecting a Guide. This is a mutual selection process with guidance provided by the FIT co-directors. To learn more, click here.

What would my first Winter Course consist of?

You will be paired with a surrogate guide (assuming you do not have a Guide yet) who may elect to have a phone conversation with you ahead of time. You and the surrogate Guide will be in the same learning group, so you will need to be in touch with them when making choices. They can help you navigate the different personal awareness modalities. You will meet daily with your surrogate Guide at the course outside of group. You should write learning goals in advance.

What would my first ENRICH course consist of?

FIT 1s function solely as participants. Unlike FIT 2s and 3s,you do not debrief or plan daily with the faculty group leader and do not attend faculty meetings. You may have facilitation learning goals and are invited to try out specific skills just as any learning group member is invited. FIT 1s are invited to participate in workshop planning.

What if I need to take a leave of absence or withdraw from the program?

Occasionally, trainees discover that other demands or a change in professional interests require that they suspend or stop training. In the event of a leave of absence or withdrawal from the program, you must notify the program co-directors immediately and they will provide you with the appropriate formal agreement to sign.

What are the requirements for advancing?

Procedure for FIT 1 to FIT 2:

As soon as you decide you would like to advance, notify the FIT co-directors and Lindsay Bettermann, Program Manager, of your intent to do so with your goal advancement dates.  Once you have received confirmation from the FIT co-directors and Lindsay of your goal advancement date, you can begin collecting and sending all materials directly to Lindsay at lbettermann@amrms.com.  You can advise the authors of your recommendation letters to send their letters directly to Lindsay.

Required Materials:
  • Cover letter- State your intention to advance and list the letters of recommendation that you have requested
  • Personal Reflective Statement- This is typically 1-1.5 page essay that should explain in a narrative-style fashion where you feel you are in the process, and may include any realizations you have made about yourself, what you feel you need to work on, what areas you have experienced personal growth in, etc. 
  • 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 medicine and teaching. They should also provide an opinion about your readiness for AACH training.
  • 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.
  • 1 letter from your Faculty Guide- This letter should convey evidence of your growth and progress toward your learning objectives, as well as provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated competence in the areas required to become a FIT 2.
  • 1 letter from a colleague or supervisor
  • Updated Learning Plan- Update your learning plan so that it contains 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).
  • Self-Assessment of Progress  - This is an objective self-assessment that explicitly addresses where you stand with respect to your learning goals.
  • Core Reading - List of related articles, books, etc. that you have read since joining the FIT program.
  • Personal Log- List and brief description of related activities you’ve been involved in (Including 2 to 4 AACH and non-AACH trainings and workshops you co-facilitated) since joining the FIT program.
  • Evaluations from ENRICH Course co-facilitation
  • Attendance at Winter Course.
  • Guide/FIT Evaluation Form

Procedure for FIT 2 to FIT 3:

As soon as you decide you would like to advance, notify the FIT co-directors and Lindsay Bettermann, Program Manager, of your intent to do so with your goal advancement dates.  Once you have received confirmation from the FIT co-directors and Lindsay of your goal advancement date, you can begin collecting and sending all materials directly to Lindsay at lbettermann@amrms.com.  You can advise the authors of your recommendation letters to send their letters directly to Lindsay. 

Required Materials:
  • Cover letter- State your intention to advance and list the letters of recommendation that you have requested
  • Personal Reflective Statement- This is typically 1-1.5 page essay that should explain in a narrative-style fashion where you feel you are in the process, and may include any realizations you have made about yourself, what you feel you need to work on, what areas you have experienced personal growth in, etc. 
  • 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 medicine and teaching. They should also provide an opinion about your readiness for AACH training.
  • 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.
  • 1 letter from your Faculty Guide- This letter should convey evidence of your growth and progress toward your learning objectives, as well as provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated competence in the areas required to become a FIT 3.
  • Updated Learning Plan- Update your learning plan so that it contains 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).
  • Self-Assessment of Progress  - This is an objective self-assessment that explicitly addresses where you stand with respect to your learning goals.
  • Core Reading - List of related articles, books, etc. that you have read as a FIT 2
  • Personal Log- List and brief description of related activities you’ve been involved in (Including 2 to 4 AACH and non-AACH trainings and workshops you co-facilitated) as a FIT 2.
  • Evaluations from 2-4 AACH (ENRICH and/Winter Course) and non-AACH trainings or workshops you co-facilitated
  • ENRICH Co-facilitation Form
  • Attendance at Winter Course
  • Guide/FIT Evaluation Form

What are the annual review requirements?

If an FIT is not applying for advancement during a given calendar year, they will be asked to submit: Click here for details on the annual review process.

What are the graduation requirements?

Procedure:

As soon as you decide you would like to graduate, notify the FIT co-directors and Lindsay Bettermann, Program Manager, of your intent to do so with your goal graduation date.  Once you have received confirmation from the FIT co-directors and Lindsay of your goal graduation date, you can begin collecting and sending all materials directly to Lindsay at lbettermann@amrms.com.  You can advise the authors of your recommendation letters to send their letters directly to Lindsay.

Required Materials:
  • 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 medicine and teaching. They should also provide an opinion about your readiness for AACH training.
  • 1 letter from your Faculty Guide- This letter should convey evidence of your growth and progress toward your learning objectives, as well as provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated competence in the areas required to become a FIT 3.
  • Personal Log- List and brief description of related activities you’ve been involved in (Including AACH and non-AACH trainings and workshops you co-facilitated) as a FIT 3
  • Evaluations from ENRICH co-facilitation
  • ENRICH Co-Facilitation form
  • Summary of Personal Project (optional)

What are the benefits and expectations once I have graduated from the program?

Once you have graduated from the FIT Program and have become an AACH faculty member, opportunities for continued involvement include facilitating a workshop or learning group at the annual Winter Course or ENRICH course, acting as a Guide for a FIT, or delivering on-site workshops to healthcare organizations and hospital systems on behalf of the Academy.  To be considered for selection, click here to read the faculty selection process.

Who should I contact for more information?

Contact Julie Crosson, MD (FIT Program Co-Director) at julie.crosson@gmail.com or Jim Bell, PA-C (FIT Program Co-Director at jbell2@daemen.edu, or Lindsay Bettermann (AACH Program Manager) at lbettermann@amrms.com
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