Fellowship provides a means to recognize and award Premium Professional members for excellence, innovative and sustained contributions in the areas of scholarship, practice and/or education, and volunteer service and/or leadership within the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). International members may be nominated for International Fellowship and may demonstrate volunteer service and/or leadership in similar societies within their own countries.
To be eligible for consideration for AHA Fellowship the candidate must:
- Must be an active member at the Premium Professional or Premium Professional Plus level at the time the nomination is submitted.
- Membership dues must be up-to-date
- Must have been an AHA member for at least two years.
- Applicant must be affiliated with the Council through which the application is submitted.
Fellowship in the Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young (Young Hearts) is reserved for physicians and medical scientists who are board certified in cardiovascular disease (CVD), and who have demonstrated excellence, innovation and leadership in cardiovascular diseases in the young in the private practice and academic settings, and who have actively supported the AHA/ASA through volunteer service. Members who permanently reside outside the United States and Canada may be nominated for International Fellowship. Candidates must be able to meet each of the criteria:
- Have Board certification and competence in clinical practice are necessary for election to Fellowship. In exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Leadership Committee, Fellowship may be granted to an individual who does not have subspecialty boards in cardiovascular disease. Candidates without subspecialty board certification must have equivalent credentials which are adequately documented in letters by the Proposer.
- Be recognized by peers as a competent physician consultant in cardiovascular disease who holds self to the highest ethical standards of professional behavior.
- Candidate must be able to show significant volunteer service to the AHA/ASA at the council, national, affiliate and/or local level. Examples of volunteer service include:
- Active participation as members and chairpersons of AHA and/or council committees, boards and task forces at the local, affiliate, and/or national level.
- Active leadership role in Development and Fundraising (Heart Walk, galas, Go Red fund raisers, etc.) such as organizing Heart Walk teams, raising funds, promoting AHA events and recruiting others to participate.
- Active participation in Advocacy efforts including participating in You’re the Cure, leading policy adoption or change, informing legislators about AHA and cardiovascular health issues at state and national levels.
- Active participation in Professional and lay education programs, including participation in a local AHA speaker’s bureau, providing talks for Go Red activities, media activities, leading education activities and Get with the Guidelines.
- Sharing expertise through AHA research and scholarship activities such as serving on a writing group, abstract grading, and research grant peer review.
Note: Attending and/or presenting at the AHA Scientific Sessions or other AHA sponsored conference may be considered as scholarly contributions but not AHA/ASA volunteer service.
International Fellowship Criteria
International candidates may show evidence of volunteer involvement and service in the American Heart Association or similar organizations/associations in countries or regions where they have trained, previously worked, or currently reside. Other avenues of community or volunteer involvement may be submitted, if these activities are well documented and perceived as equivalents regarding volunteerism and engagement, to those through the AHA. Some examples of service and volunteerism include, but are not limited to:
- Active, voluntary participation on committees, boards and task forces
- Development and fundraising
- Advocacy efforts
- Scientific or educational services, such as guideline/performance measure writing groups, abstract grading, and research grant peer review.
Successful candidates for International Fellowship have typically completed their training years earlier and are at the academic rank of Assistant Professor or similar, or hold a more senior position.
AHA Staff Fellowship Criteria
- AHA Staff applying for FAHA status must meet the General and Council specific criteria with experience and service outside the scope of their position at the AHA. Any council and/or committee participation, support of AHA volunteer initiatives, AHA writing groups etc., that fall within the staff applicant’s job at the AHA will not be considered during scoring of FAHA applications.
- AHA Staff must be a paid AHA member for 1 year prior to submitting a FAHA application.
Locate a Proposer
Locate AHA/ASA Fellows by name or council in the online Membership Directory. To access the AHA online membership directory:
- Log into professional.heart.org with an active login
- Click on your Dashboard and choose Membership Directory under the Links section
- Click on the "Advanced Search" link
- On the Member Type field, click the arrow to drop down the selection list
- Select the Fellow category you are searching for to populate the field
- Click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page
Application Submission Deadlines
The Young Hearts Council considers applications for AHA Fellowship during the spring and fall of each year. Applications may be submitted through the Council Awards/FAHA Application System until:
- Spring Review Cycle: January 10, 11 p.m. Central Time
- Fall Review Cycle: July 10, 11 p.m. Central Time
- Applications entered after the deadlines cannot be successfully submitted.
How to Apply
Candidates may be proposed by any active AHA/ASA Fellow (dues and print subscription [if applicable] are up-to-date) or Emeritus Fellow (Emeritus Fellows are exempt from paying dues and maintaining a print journal subscription) who is well acquainted with the candidate's professional activities and volunteer involvement in the AHA/ASA or international society. To apply for AHA Fellowship please follow the procedures below:
- Sign in with your Professional Heart Daily username and password to apply online through the Council Awards/FAHA Application System.
- Complete all sections of the application in order to avoid delay. Incomplete applications cannot be successfully submitted.
- Attach documentation as required. Applications that do not include the required documents cannot be successfully submitted.
- An up-to-date curriculum vitae, including complete bibliography or list of publications.
- A letter of recommendation from the proposer. The letter must clearly articulate the how the candidate meets each of the criteria, be written on business letterhead, and signed by the proposer (electronic signature is acceptable).
- Head and shoulder photograph; the photograph may be used to recognize newly elected FAHAs in Connections and Professional Heart Daily web site.
Peer Review and Election Processes
Fellowship applications are peer reviewed by the Nominating Committee during the spring and fall of each year. A slate containing the names of candidates that meet the eligibility requirements and criteria is presented to the Leadership Committee for election at its bi-annual meetings. Candidates will be advised of the status of their application via email in late April (Spring review cycle) and October (Fall review cycle).
Recognition and Acknowledgement
Newly elected Fellows will be acknowledged at the Annual Council Dinner held during the Scientific Sessions. Newly elected FAHAs are strongly encouraged to attend this event.
- Entitlement to use the designation of Fellow of the AHA/ASA (FAHA). This designation reflects not only the professional stature of the Fellow, but also his/her record of valuable service to the association and the council.
- Access to online AHA journals at no cost.
- Reduced subscription rates for all AHA print journals.
- Priority registration and housing for Scientific Sessions and International Stroke Conference.
- Reduced registration fee to the AHA Scientific Sessions and other AHA/ASA sponsored conferences.
- Opportunity to serve as a Mentor in the Mentoring for Professionals program.
- Access to the FAHA Lounge at Scientific Sessions.
- 8" X 11" Fellowship certificate suitable for framing.
- Complete roster of council Fellows (by request only).
Annual Membership Dues/Fellowship Maintenance
AHA Fellows elected through the Young Hearts Council are required to maintain membership at the Premium Professional or Premium Professional Plus level. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the suspension of active Fellowship status. Emeritus Fellows are exempt from paying annual dues.
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