Scholarships to attend the AAHPM and HPNA Annual Assembly

Categories: Education.

The Annual Assembly is taking place from 12 to 15 March 2014 in San Diego, and provides an ideal opportunity to learn about the latest developments in hospice and palliative care from leading experts in the field.

The Annual Assembly is aimed at physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers interested in acquiring, maintaining or expanding the skills needed to function effectively in the field of hospice and palliative care.

This scholarship program provides up to $5,000 to cover the costs of attending the Assembly, such as registration fee, travel-related expenses and lodging. 

Scholarships are available to physicians who care for seriously ill patients and permanently reside and practice in a developing country. Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • are members of the AAHPM (free virtual membership is available to physicians who reside in a developing nation)
  • have not previously attended the Annual Assembly 
  • are junior in their career
  • are from organisations considered least able to afford this opportunity.

As a previous attendee of the assembly, Dr Zipporah Ali, executive director of Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association, said: “I was very impressed by the number of doctors and nurses at the assembly and to listen to their vast experiences in patient care as well as influencing policy in palliative care in the USA.

“Although the developing countries are not at par with the developed countries, it was interesting to note that we have many similarities and face similar challenges in making palliative care a priority in our health care systems. Learning from our colleagues and friends from the developed countries on how they have been able to address some of the common barriers to hospice and palliative care is important.”

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2013. Further detail on how to apply can be found on the AAHPM website.

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