• 2022 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship

    "It's given me the opportunity to join local and national organizations to help affect change and work to improve health outcomes in the area of vaccine science."


    The AAFP is recruiting for the Vaccine Science Fellowship Program. The program develops a group of family physicians interested in, and knowledgeable about, vaccine issues. They also help address the interactions between public health and the family medicine community.

    The AAFP has two vaccine science fellowship positions available for family physicians. The selected fellows will work with mentors to become more familiar about vaccine science and policy.

    Selected applicants will gain education and practical hands-on experience through meetings with experts in public health and immunization, federal and state vaccine policy groups, and vaccine manufacturers. For example, the 2020 Vaccine Fellows conducted a web-based survey to examine vaccine confidence before and since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about their work in Survey Measures COVID-19’s Impact on Vaccine Confidence.

    About the Vaccine Fellowship

    This fellowship creates a group of family physicians interested in the science of vaccine development, production and policy.  This program is designed for those who are mid-career in their professional development. The awards are granted to two fellows annually. Each fellow will work with mentors with experience in immunization policy and issues.

    • The fellowship is for one year with the commitment from their institution and/or department chair that they will allow the time to complete the fellowship from May 1, 2022–April 30, 2023.
    • Each fellow will devote approximately 10% FTE for one year (22 days), including travel to fellowship activities. A nominal stipend will be provided.
    • Mentors will guide and assist with education-related vaccine science, policy and family medicine. 
    • Fellows will participate on monthly calls to discuss immunization policies, recommendations, barriers, trends, shortages, concerns, etc.  
    • Fellows will develop a self-study project. This project could be poster presentations, articles, research projects, education outreach, etc. The project will be disseminated to the AAFP membership, public health officials, other immunization organizations, etc.
    • Fellows are required to travel for vaccine-related meetings. View the travel schedule. Travel costs will be covered under the fellowship.
      Note: Fellows are required to attend one of the following Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meetings: June 22-23, 2022 or October 19-20, 2022 in Atlanta, GA.   

     


    Fellowship Application Process

    To apply for the 2022 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship, review the Eligibility Requirements and submit the following materials to Pamela Carter-Smith by April 22:

    • Curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Letter of interest
    • Completed conflict of interest form
    • Institution and/or department letter
    • Photo of applicant

     


    Fellowship Graduates

    Graduates have expressed appreciation for the program and the opportunity to develop expertise in policies and practices of immunizations, which has been applied in services to their patients, practice and community.

    2009
    James Loehr, MD, FAAFP (Ithaca, NY)
    Everett W. Schlam, MD (Franklin Lakes, NJ)

    2011
    John Epling, MD, MSEd, FAAFP (Roanoke, VA)
    Margot L. Savoy, MD, MPH, FAAFP (Wilmington, DE)

    2013
    Chris Lupold, MD (Lancaster, PA)
    Mary Pat Friedlander, MD (Pittsburgh, PA)

    2015
    Nina Ahmad, MD (Orlando, FL)
    Melissa Martinez, MD, FAAFP (Albuquerque, NM)

    2017
    Kimberly Stump, MD, MSc (Salem, OR)
    Amra Resic, MD, FAAFP (Palm Harbor, FL)

    2019
    Madalyn Schaefgen, MD FAAFP (Allentown, PA)
    Adora Otiji, MD, MPH (Upper Marlboro, MD)

    2021
    Anne Schneider, DO (Lombard, IL)
    Lisa Doggett, MD, MPH, FAAFP (Austin, TX)

    2010
    Elizabeth Rosenblum, MD (San Diego, CA)
    Paul Hunter MD (Milwaukee, WI)

    2012
    Jeff Moore, MD (Merrill, WI)
    Pamela Rockwell, DO (Ann Arbor, MI)

    2014
    Jennifer Hamilton, MD, PhD (Pittsburg, PA)
    Robin O'Meara, MD (Grand Rapids, MI)

    2016
    David Cope, MD (Bountiful, UT)
    John Merrill-Steskal, MD (Ellensburg, WA)

    2018
    Laura Morris, MD, FAAFP (Columbia, MO)
    Mina Khan, MD (Oneonta, AL)

    2020
    Gretchen LaSalle, MD, FAAFP (Spokane, WA)
    Eugene Schiff, MD, MPH (Bronx, NY)
    Michele Zawora, MD, FAAFP (North Wales, PA)

    The AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship Program is funded by an unrestricted grant from Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.