Advancing excellence in the practice of hematology around the world and promoting world-class care for patients lies at the heart of ASH’s mission and is a goal of the ASH Foundation. The ASH Foundation is sustaining programs dedicated to the recruitment of high-caliber individuals to hematology and their retention in the field. Donors can contribute in general support of career development programs or may designate their contribution to one of the specific programs listed below.
Clinical Research Training Institute
The Clinical Research Training Institute (CRTI), launched in 2003, is a year-long program for hematology fellows and junior faculty at academic medical centers that offers a broad education about clinical research methods, research collaborations, statistical analysis, and managing the demands of family and career. The goal of CRTI is to produce a group of researchers armed with ideas for clinical and translational hematology research and the tools and access to resources to make their ideas a reality.
“Before attending the Clinical Research Training Institute, my research project was nebulous, my career plans were vague, and I had little idea what it would take to succeed in my field. The program sharpened my focus, gave me crucial information, and, above all, inspired me. I valued the opportunity to meet with and learn from peers from different institutions who shared my interests. The didactic sessions allowed me to focus on essential information for someone pursuing a career in clinical research, in a setting that encouraged questions and dialogue. And finally, the mentoring, from respected thought leaders in my field who were also approachable and accessible for the entire week, was an unbelievable experience.”
- Daniel A. Pollyea, MD, 2008 Clinical Research Training Institute Participant
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Translational Research Training in Hematology
The Translational Research Training in Hematology (TRTH) program provides junior researchers with a unique, year-long training and mentoring experience. The program is a joint effort of the European Hematology Association (EHA) and the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and is focused on helping early-career scientists build successful careers in hematologic translational research, including pathogenesis, diagnostics, and experimental treatment of hematologic disorders.
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As part of a global initiative, ASH supports programs that promote cross-cultural education opportunities and facilitate hematology research and patient care in developing countries. Programs include:
Visitor Training Program
The Visitor Training Program (VTP) is an educational program that enables talented hematologists, scientists, and/or laboratory staff from developing countries to receive training on a specific hematology topic or technique for up to 12 weeks. Training is carried out in a clinic or laboratory under the mentorship of an ASH member, and there are no geographical barriers. Training may occur anywhere in the world. The ultimate goal of the VTP is to build hematology capacity in developing countries to improve both research and patient care globally.
Read about how Dr. John Kuadzi acquired new skills and techniques through the Visitor Training Program.
International Consortium on Acute Leukemias
The International Consortium on Acute Leukemias (ICAL) is an international network that seeks to improve the care of patients with acute leukemias. This initiative, which is strongly supported by the American Society of Hematology, currently brings together clinical investigators from Europe, North America, and South America in the spirit of international clinical and laboratory collaboration.
Please consider helping our colleagues from around the world so that today’s trainee becomes tomorrow’s trainer.
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Minority Recruitment Initiatives
The ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative programs encourage diversity in the field of hematology by providing resources to underrepresented minorities in research at various career levels.
Minority Medical Student Award Program
The Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) provides an opportunity for medical students from the United States and Canada to collaborate with an ASH member on a research project in hematology over an eight- to 12-week period. Participants in the program are also paired with a career-development mentor who continues to advise them throughout medical school and residency.
“My interest in both hematology and research has increased as a result of my experience in the Minority Medical Student Award Program. Performing research in a clinical setting granted me the unique opportunity to have exposure to patients who were affected with sickle cell disease. Despite the tremendous amount of time I have dedicated to studying about sickle cell and other hematologic diseases in my coursework, encountering these hematologic abnormalities in a clinical setting gave me a different perspective on the disease, a perspective that I will carry with me through my career as a physician.”
- Nnenaya Agochukwu, 2008 MMSAP Participant
For those further along in their careers, ASH has partnered with the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to offer the ASH-AMFDP Award. These awards increase the number of minority hematologists in academic and research positions in the United States by providing research support and a mentor throughout the four-year program.
Help ASH develop more diversity in hematology by supporting our Minority Recruitment Initiatives through expansion of available awards and enhancement of existing programs.
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