ACHIA

Dixon Fellowship


Congratulations to our 2013 Dixon Fellows:

Franco Diaz, M.D. - Critical Care

Jegen Kandasamy, M.D. - Neonatology

Sara Oliver, M.D. - Infectious Diseases

Chrystal Rutledge, M.D. - Critical Care

Ammar Saadoon, M.D. – Pulmonology


                  The 2014 Call for Application will be released in February 2014

The Department of Pediatrics is now seeking applications for the Dixon Fellowship Training Program for the 2013 academic year.
  The Dixon Foundation endows a fellowship training program in Pediatrics expressly aimed at supporting postdoctoral training and research in approved Pediatric subspecialties to prepare outstanding fellows for a career in academia.  As part of this prestigious award, recipients benefit from salary support and an additional $5,000 per year discretionary funds to support research and continuing education activities.

Candidates are selected on a competitive basis, and selection is made upon a Review Committee’s analysis of the written application.  For the academic year starting in July 2013, we will select up to five candidates who will be starting their second or third year of training.  The initial award is for a period of one year with continued support contingent upon annual review of the fellow’s progress. 

The application must be submitted as a complete packet and include the following items:

  1. The applicant’s current curriculum vitae;
  2. A one-page (maximum) detailed description of the applicant’s career plan.  This should include short-range objectives while in training at UAB (e.g., MSPH training, additional course work, etc.) as applicable, as well as long-range objectives for academic career accomplishments.  An explanation of how the Dixon award will facilitate the achievement of these objectives should be included.
  3. A five-page (maximum) detailed research plan, including hypothesis, specific aims, and preliminary work (if applicable).  Discussion of the research environment, including the research mentor(s), should be provided.
  4. Two letters of support from faculty members other than the division director and the research mentor(s);
  5. A written statement from the applicant’s division director in support of the application, including an evaluation of strengths which make the applicant an outstanding candidate;
  6. Letter from the applicant’s mentor(s) (two-page maximum) defining his/her commitment to prepare the applicant for an academic career and a description of the proposed training program with emphasis on the research plan.  Information should be provided on how the fellow’s research will be differentiated from that of the mentor(s) (e.g., “ownership” of the project by the fellow).  If more than one research mentor is cited in the applications, letters from all mentors should be included.

An original application should be submitted to Clare Mallette, Lowder 608, no later than April 19.  The 2014 Dixon Fellows will be announced by the end of May 2014.