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ASH Sickle Cell Disease Away Elective Rotation

The ASH Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Away Elective Rotation allows select fellowship programs to serve as host institutions for an away elective rotation in areas with higher patients with SCD populations.

The ASH SCD Away Elective Rotation gives three fellows in their second or third year of fellowship the opportunity to gain practical experience in treating SCD patients. This rotation is designed to be an immersive experience in both outpatient and inpatient SCD care. Each fellow will be assigned to one host institution. All applicants are able to rank their host institution preference during the application process. The three host institutions to which applicants can be assigned are:

  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (pending)

The SCD Away Elective Rotation will last one month and take place in the fall of 2022 or Spring 2023. The host institution will embed the rotating fellow into their existing SCD program and foster engagement with physicians, advanced practice providers (APPs), social workers/care coordinators, mental health providers, and patients with SCD.

Rotating fellows will also participate in multidisciplinary SCD conferences (hematology grand rounds and disease specialty conferences), video conferences with outside providers, and utilize ASH’s online Benign Hematology Curriculum course on SCD. 

There is no fee to apply, and ASH provides a $5,000 stipend for travel and housing during the month-long rotation. The program is only available to U.S. based fellows.

If travel restrictions are in place due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the host institution will defer the rotation until the restrictions are lifted. ASH will notify selected participants of any changes due to the pandemic.

Eligibility Requirements

The ASH SCD Away Elective Rotation is for trainees in hematology-related programs at academic medical centers in North America.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify:

  • Be a trainee who will be in their 2nd or 3rd year of fellowship in fall 2022.
  • Be an ASH member in good standing*
  • Comply with the host institution’s vaccination requirements

*To verify your membership status, log in to your ASH account and select My Account, or contact Customer Service at [email protected] Not an ASH member yet?  Take the first step. Your membership application must be pending at the time of Away Elective eligibility form submission and approved by the application deadline.

Application Process

All ASH SCD Away Elective Rotation applications must be submitted through ASH’s online application system and must include the following:

  1. Brief personal statement from the trainee, including:
    • What the trainee would like to gain from the Away Elective
    • ASH Committee/service experience
  2. The trainee's CV

Any application that does not follow the requirements, is not formatted correctly, is lacking information, has incorrect information, or is lacking required documents will be deemed ineligible and will not be reviewed by the study section. There are no appeals or consideration for additional or further review once an application has been determined ineligible.

All application submissions will be sent a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact the ASH Training Department at [email protected] or at 1-866-828-1231.

Selection of Trainee Council members from the applications received will be made by the ASH Executive Committee based upon recommendations from the ASH Committee on Training.

Key Dates

Application Available  January 25, 2022
Application Deadline April 11, 2022
Award Notification May 2022
SCD Away Elective Rotation Fall 2022 (exact date will be determined by host institution)


For more information about the ASH SCD Away Elective Rotation, please email [email protected]