NNPTC FOA Frequently Asked Questions
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Applicants for the National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC) funding opportunity announcement can find answers to questions submitted via webinars, or the firstname.lastname@example.org mailbox below. Questions which were received and were similar in nature were combined and/or edited for clarity.
The deadline to submit application questions is April 4, 2014. The application period for this FOA closes on May 6, 2014.
1. Can currently hired Part I medical staff be considered in lieu of the required STD medical fellow staffing requirement?
The medical fellow should be in a training program and not be part of an established medical staff.
2. Can you please provide more details regarding the role of the fellow? What are the core aspects/role of this person’s work?
The goal of including a required medical fellow is to build the next generation of STD experts. We expect the medical fellow to be an integral part of the PTC, to learn STD care from the PTC experts, and to participate in developing, delivering, and improving PTC training. We expect fellows to spend about 20% in clinical care and the rest supporting PTC activities. After fellowship, we expect these fellows to be equipped to be experts in clinical, academic, or public health STD programs.
3. Is this person’s work part of a formal fellowship program? Or is this an informal position?
A formal relationship with a fellowship training program is preferred, with the PTC providing some funding for clinical training and evaluation work. However, a more informal relationship might be acceptable.
4. Is there an expected length of term for the fellowship? Is this a rotation that could last a month or a few months?
Short (one-month to three-month) rotations for multiple fellows would not allow each fellow sufficient opportunity to build STD expertise or develop, deliver, and improve PTC training. Ideally, we prefer a single fellow for one year, or two fellows at six months each. Other models will only be considered if they are well justified.
5. We appreciate the inclusion of an STD fellow. However, given that the average award of Component A is anticipated to be $300,000, and that the cost of a full-time STD fellow could (with salary, benefits, and indirects) approach or, in some areas of the country, exceed half of the total award, does the fellow’s full expense need to be solely funded off of this grant? For example, a typical STD fellow may spend 35% of their time seeing patients in a Level III STD clinical setting; spend 10%–15% of their time cross-training in program collaboration service integration (PCSI) related areas such as HIV, TB, and immunization; 20% of their time on STD research projects; and 30% of their time delivering training and/or providing clinical consultation services for the PTCs. In such a scenario, there might be complementary support to make up the 1.0 FTE of the STD fellow position. Is it the intent of this FOA that 100% of the fellow’s salary and benefits be supported by this grant, or can centers examine other ways in which to build the 1.0 FTE position?
PTCs are required to include a medical fellow in order to build STD training into post-residency training. This moves training upstream from a past focus on retraining clinicians already in practice. Applicants may propose alternative strategies to fund the 1.0 FTE fellowship position.
6. Can a portion of the support for the 1.0 FTE STD fellow be “in-kind” with a partner, if the Statement of Work addresses STDs and allots time for work with the Prevention Training Center?
Applicants may propose alternative strategies to fund the 1.0 FTE fellowship position, however, the fellow’s full appointment must support the work of the Prevention Training Center.
7. For the required STD fellow, can this person be an NP or does the fellow need to be a physician?
The required post residency medical STD fellow must be a physician.
8. The FAQ page 4 states that “applicants can fulfill the 1.0 FTE requirement for a fellow by splitting the FTE among one or two persons.” Can the FTE be split among 3 persons? 4 persons?
Short (one-month to three-month) rotations for multiple fellows would not allow each fellow sufficient opportunity to build STD expertise or develop, deliver, and improve PTC training. Ideally, we prefer a single fellow for one year, or two fellows at six months each. Another model will only be considered if it is well justified.
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