Rheumatology Research Foundation: Communication Preceptorship

The Rheumatology Research Foundation works to advance research and training to improve the health of patients living with rheumatic disease.

To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for its Lawren H. Daltroy Preceptorship in Health Communication, established with the aim of improving patient-clinician interactions and communications. The award provides resources in support of training, career development, and/or enhancement of research skills for researchers and clinicians.

The preceptorship program will award up to $15,000 in support of a one-year project directly addressing patient-clinician interactions and communications. Projects could include but are not limited to conducting a small-scale research or education project related to patient-clinician communication; creation of teaching curriculum, training materials, measurements, etc. that can be used to enhance the field’s understanding and mastery of effective patient-clinician communication; participation in education and training opportunities aimed at improving the awardee’s communication skills; creating patient-facing materials to enhance patients’ understanding of disease status based on clinical or patient assessments; studies of the impact of health literacy/numeracy on patient outcomes or creation of low-literacy/numeracy materials to improve communication with patients; and studies to enhance shared decision making in healthcare settings.

Preceptors must be an ACR or ARP member to apply. This mentored award is intended for trainees and junior researchers or health professionals without current or prior R01 or R01-equivalent funding.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Rheumatology Research Foundation website.