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Resident Travel Grant


SHM’s Physicians in Training Committee offers 10 residents funding to help cover the costs of travel and accommodations to attend SHM’s Annual Conference. Recipients of the travel grant will be awarded complimentary registration in addition to $1,000 for travel-related expenses.  To qualify, residents must submit an abstract to the 2019 Scientific Abstract and Poster Competition known as Research , Innovations and Clinical Vignettes (RIV) and complete the resident travel grant application (within the abstract submission site).  

Who is eligible:

  • Candidates for this award must be a resident, chief resident or fellow in good standing at a US or Canadian accredited residency program, or a General Internal Medicine or Hospital Medicine fellowship.
  • Candidates must be an active resident/fellow in-training member of the Society of Hospital Medicine at the time of application submission.
  • Candidates must have submitted an abstract for consideration in either the Research or Innovations categories at the annual Society of Hospital Medicine meeting. Areas of interest may include clinical research, basic science research, systematic review of a clinical problem, quality improvement-patient safety, high value care or medical education. Clinical vignettes will not be considered.
  • Candidates must be the first author of the abstract and will be the designated presenter in either the oral or poster venues.
  • Prior recipients of the travel grant will be deemed ineligible for the same award in subsequent years.

How to apply:

  • Create an account on the RIV Abstract Submission Site
  • Submit an abstract in the Research or Innovations categories of the RIV Scientific Abstract Competition
  • Go to the task list page and select the Resident Travel Grant Application

Your submission should include:

    • A brief description of the research project or quality improvement initiative in addition to your role and involvement
    • An explanation about your interest in hospital medicine
    • A letter from your residency or fellowship program director certifying that you are a trainee in good standing

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Review and selection process:

  • The application period for the resident travel grant will coincide with the annual Research, Innovations, and Clinical Vignettes (RIV) call for abstract submissions. This period will approximately span from September to early December.
  • At the time of abstract submission, applicants should indicate whether they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Should applicants fulfill the above eligibility criteria, an invitation to apply will be extended.
  • Abstracts will be initially screened and scored by the SHM RIV Committee for novelty and scientific merits of the research project or quality improvement initiative.
  • Applicants’ abstracts who are accepted for poster presentation at the national meeting AND achieve a threshold score greater than 5 (scale of 1 to 10) will be considered eligible for review by the Physicians-in-Training (PIT) Committee. The top 20 eligible abstracts, as determined by the RIV committee, will be reviewed by the PIT committee in order to select the final award recipients.
  • Additional criteria for consideration:
    • Applicant’s educational qualifications and record of scholarly productivity and/or leadership
    • Degree of involvement in project design and execution
    • Impact and applicability of applicant’s project to hospital medicine
    • Strength of faculty support for the applicant
    • Strength of applicant’s commitment to a career in hospital medicine

Residents and fellows are expected to conduct their scholarly work according to the highest scientific and ethical standards and in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies regarding protection of human research subjects, humane care, and laboratory safety (if applicable).