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The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) and the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF) are pleased to present an award specifically designed to assist clinically-based gastroenterologists, who are members of the CAG, take advantage of special educational and professional skills upgrading opportunities. The Clinician's Professional Enrichment Grant (CPEG) is offered in odd years (2015, 2017, etc.).

The CPEG provides clinicians with an opportunity to obtain additional clinical training, which can further enrich their professional lives and be of value to the communities they serve. The applicant will determine the type of training experience to be sought. Although, selection of a training site in Canada is encouraged to minimize costs, thereby extending the funds available to other applicants, it is recognized that some training opportunities may only be found in other countries. Examples of possible training opportunities include endoscopic techniques, endoscopic ultrasound, capsule endoscopy, motility testing, IBD clinical care, clinical trials, nutrition, and hepatology.

Funding has been made available to allow the granting of awards to a maximum of $40,000 CDN.  The funding is intended to offset travel, living and office overhead expenses during the training period.  At this time, this award will not cover tuition costs.  The equivalent of only 1 award will be given out on a biennial basis.
Applicants must be CAG members, in good standing, in practice for at least three years. Funding priority will be given in the following order:

a)    community-based gastroenterologists (with no access to sabbatical funding)
b)    clinical gastroenterologists with a part-time academic appointment (with no access to sabbatical funding)
c)    recently (within 3 years) certified gastroenterology trainees seeking additional training in preparation for a clinical practice and with no access to funding by the host/sponsoring institution
d)    any gastroenterologist (with no access to sabbatical funding)

Application Process

Step One: Submit Application - Deadline is September 15 11:59 PM ET

PLEASE NOTE that you must submit the online application form INCLUDING uploading of all required documents (in .pdf format), in one single step; you are not able to save your application and return to it at a future date, rather it must be completed all at one time.

During your completion of the application form you will be asked to upload required documentation; you must have these .pdf documents prepared, finalized, and ready to upload when you begin the online form.
1. Letter of Support (if applicable)
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Supplementary pages (if desired by the applicant)

Upon successful submission you will be directed to a webpage that confirms the successful submission and within a short period of time you will receive an email from the CAG National Office confirming receipt of your submission.  If this does not occur, please contact the CAG National Office immediately.

PLEASE ENSURE ALL ATTACHMENT FILE NAMES DO NOT CONTAIN SPECIAL CHARACTERS. This includes but is not limited to  ! * # ; ? / : " < > |.

We strongly suggest completion of this application form using the latest versions of Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome. Some Internet Explorer users may not be able to view all content nor access all functionality.

Step Two: Review

The CAG Practice Affairs Committee will review all applications and make its recommendations to the CAG Operations Committee who will have final approval authority.  Where more than one application is reviewed during a single evaluation period, only one application will usually be recommended for approval. In such situations, unsuccessful applicants will generally be invited to let their application stand for the next evaluation.

Each application will be considered on its own merits. The specific sum (to a maximum of $40,000.00 CDN) to be awarded to successful applicants will be determined on a case-by-case analysis. Where applications considered to be of equal merit are evaluated, the committee will generally favor:
•    applications from provinces that have not received past grants
•    applications from clinicians with no academic appointment

Step Three: Approval

The CPEG will only be awarded once to a given candidate.  The Practice Affairs Committee Chair (or designate) will notify all applicants of initial receipt of their application and subsequently will notify them of the status of their application following the review. Awardees will be officially announced at the annual CDDW meeting.

Step Four: Submit Training Experience Summary

Successful applicants are expected to provide a brief written summary of their training experience to the CAG Practice Affairs Committee within the year following the end of the award. They are also encouraged to make themselves available to prospective future applicants who might wish to contact them with questions about their training experience.

PLEASE NOTE that you must submit the report in .pdf format, in one single step; you are not able to save your submission and return to it at a future date, rather it must be completed all at one time.

During your submission of the report you will be asked to upload the report; you must have the report prepared in .pdf format and ready to upload when you begin the online form.
1. Brief written summary

Upon successful submission you will be directed to a webpage that confirms the successful submission and within a short period of time you will receive an email from the CAG National Office confirming receipt of your submission.  If this does not occur, please contact the CAG National Office immediately.

PLEASE ENSURE ALL ATTACHMENT FILE NAMES DO NOT CONTAIN SPECIAL CHARACTERS. This includes but is not limited to  ! * # ; ? / : " < > |.

We strongly suggest completion of this application form using the latest versions of Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome. Some Internet Explorer users may not be able to view all content nor access all functionality.