Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship Program

Overarching Goals of the Apprenticeship Program

The Behavioral Science and Health Services Research (BSHSR) Assembly’s Apprenticeship Program is designed to provide early-career Assembly members with an opportunity to be directly involved in guiding the future of ATS. For the purposes of this application, we define “early career” as senior fellows or faculty no more than 3 years from fellowship. Apprentices may serve with either the Program or Planning Committee (descriptions below). Under the mentorship of a committee member, Apprentices will get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the operations of their Assembly while developing skills for evaluation of committee applications and development of committee projects. This will provide important networking opportunities with current Committee members. Committee Apprentices may have the opportunity to ‘graduate’ into full Committee membership in the year following Apprenticeship.

Description of the Program Committee

The Program Committee organizes the Assembly content for the International Conference.

Program Committee Apprentices participate in the process of designing the International Conference content, learning to evaluate abstract submissions, and program Conference sessions.

Description of the Planning Committee

The Planning Committee is charged with shaping the long-term strategy of the assembly, generally through soliciting and sponsoring projects including clinical practice guidelines, position papers, and workshops benefitting the Assembly. 

Planning Committee Apprentices will learn to provide evaluations and reviews of Committee project applications. Apprentices may have the opportunity to assist with the development of accepted project proposals.

Description of the Web Committee

The Web Committee is in charge of the BSHSR Assembly's web content and online presence. 

Web Committee apprentice's expectations and responsibilities include assisting Web Director with all Assembly web content. This may include the organization of web activities like journal clubs, podcasts, and social media.

Application Review Criteria

Applications for the BSHSR Apprenticeship Program will be reviewed by the Early Career Professionals Working Group based on the following criteria:

  • MD/DO and Ph.D. applicants at the rank of senior fellow, senior postdoc, Instructor, Assistant Professor or a similar level of junior faculty appointment will be considered. Within 5 years of terminal training (post-doctoral training, fellowship, etc.)
  • International applicants are welcome and encouraged to apply
  • Recommended but not required: Involved in at least one past ATS international conference with presentations with a poster, talk, seminar, or moderating a session
  • Committed to participating in the activities and responsibilities assigned by standard membership in designated committee (i.e. reviewing applications for the Program Committee)
  • Completed application form
  • Updated CV and or NIH Biosketch
  • The potential value of the program to the applicant
  • Potential to contribute to the committee
  • Career interests align with BSHSR Assembly

The deadline to apply is Mon, Jan 22