Fellow-in-Training Intern of the ACMT Board of Directors
The fellow-in-training (“fellow”) appointment to the ACMT Board of Directors Intern Position is intended to introduce the fellow to the process of board governance, non-profit budget construction, and activities of the College. The appointment will provide the fellow with an experience that will enhance his/her career in medical toxicology and help him or her develop leadership skills that could lead to later participation as a committee chair or a board member of a non-profit organization. It provides a unique networking opportunity with medical toxicology leaders from around the country and also provides a strong voice for a fellow-in-training member, reflecting the concerns of the next generation of medical toxicologists.
All fellows in the first year of an accredited Medical Toxicology program are eligible. The appointment is a 15-month commitment that begins in March every year and concludes at the end of June of the following year. Members of the selection committee, including the ACMT President and ACMT Executive Director, will review all applications and select the top three candidates. These candidates are interviewed by the ACMT President and ACMT Executive Director prior to the ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting, who then make the final selection. The ideal applicant should be self-motivated and independent, and have a strong interest in developing their leadership skills. These interests should be evident in activities and accomplishments in years previous to the application (such as previous experience in non-profit organizations e.g., EMRA, medical student organization, non-medical non-profit organizations). The applicant must attend the ACMT board meetings. These are held at the ACMT Annual Meeting in the Spring and the annual NAACT meeting in the Fall. In addition, there are 2 teleconferences every year.
Duties and Responsibilities
The term begins at the Board of Directors meeting of the ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting every year and concludes at the end of June of the following year. The Board Intern’s responsibilities will include the following activities:
- Attend all board meetings.
- Be informed about the organization's mission, strategic plan, policies, and programs.
- Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.
- Makes serious commitment to participate actively in at least one committee of the intern’s choosing and offer to take on special assignments.
- Inform others about the organization.
- Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization's field.
- Follow conflict of interest and confidentiality policies.
- Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization's annual financial statements and understanding the budget process.
- Understand the board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts.
- Write a Board Intern Perspective for the ACMT Newsletter 2 times per year.
Desirable Personal Characteristics
- Ability to listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively, work well with people individually and in a group;
- Willing to prepare for and attend board and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment;
- Possess honesty, sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly, responsive, and patient approach, community-building skills, personal integrity, a developed sense of values, concern for your nonprofit's development, and a sense of humor.
The total expected time commitment is 2 to 6 hours per week.
It is expected that as part of the commitment of support on the part of the fellow’s program, the program director will work closely with the fellow to ensure time will be made available for attendance at the meetings and orientation described in this document.
Application Process Requirements
Application Deadline: January 31, 2020
Send all application materials to:
Required materials: Application materials include a statement of interest, a current curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation from medical toxicologists (one must be the fellowship director), and two to three proposed topics for future “Board Intern Perspective” columns. The proposed column topics should augment the statement of interest (see below) by demonstrating thoughtful and original suggestions.
Statement of Interest: While the statement of interest should reflect the applicant’s personality and particular interests in medicine, it should also discuss the applicant’s specific background, experience, interest and career goals.
Letters of recommendation: Letters of recommendation should be from two medical toxicologists who have had an opportunity to work closely with the applicant in a professional setting and are familiar with the applicant’s background in research, writing, and editing. One letter must be from the fellowship director. Specific content of the letters of recommendation must include the applicant’s academic accomplishments, and leadership potential; clinical and teaching performance is not sufficient. Letters of recommendation can be sent by email to .
For more information or questions, please contact Tricia Steffey at .