iSAGE Mini-Fellowship: Frequently Asked Questions

What ethnic groups can mini-fellows specialize in?

iSAGE trainees can choose to focus on any of the following groups of multi-cultural older Americans:

  • African Americans
  • Alaska Natives
  • American Indians
  • Asian Indian Americans
  • Chinese Americans
  • Filipino Americans
  • Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders
  • Hispanic/Latino Americans
  • Hmong Americans
  • Japanese Americans
  • Korean Americans
  • Pakistani Americans
  • Vietnamese Americans

Who should apply to become an iSAGE mini-fellow?

Multi-disciplinary health personnel (doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, occupational therapists, massage therapists, physical therapists, marriage and family therapists and other allied health professionals) interested in learning about the scientific principles of successful aging and end of life care for multi-cultural older Americans should apply to become iSAGE mini-fellows.

Can lay people interested in learning about successful aging become an iSAGE mini-fellow?

  • Lay people are welcome to apply. iSAGE specifically intends to train lay health advisers, health promoters and patient navigators about the scientific principles of successful aging and end of life care.
  • After successfully completing the iSAGE training these lay health advisers, health promoters and patient navigators will be trained in culturally effective care of multi-cultural older adults and better able to provide support and guidance lay people about successful aging and end of life care.
  • Additionally, lay people who are interested in entering the health care work space and in working with older adults will certainly benefit greatly from the iSAGE training.
  • We hope to attract mini-fellows from various walks of life. We specifically invite people who are in other professions: engineers, lawyers, educators, administrators, city planners, transport specialists, media personnel and any others who serve an aging population are eligible to become iSAGE mini-fellows.
  • We also invite under-graduate and post-graduate students with an interest in health care and care of older Americans to apply.

How to do propose to effectively train learners from diverse backgrounds and knowledge about health care using the same training program?

The iSAGE training is specifically designed to train learners from diverse backgrounds and knowledge about health care. The program is intrinsically flexible and designed to meet mini-fellows where they are currently in their learning trajectory and then guide them through a self-paced, self-directed journey of learning, creativity and discovery.

Will mini-fellows be able to interact with each other?

iSAGE uses the Web 2.0 principles. We will have a moderated social media portal and encourage all our mini-fellows to participate in it. We truly believe that innovation and discovery occurs most frequently when dedicated and motivated people from diverse backgrounds and experiences learn with and from each other. For example, an engineer, media expert and nurse who are iSAGE fellows may find natural synergy based on specific interests and collaborate on their mini-dissertation project. Mini-fellows will continue to remain a vital part of the iSAGE community as alumni members long after they have completed the program.

How can I apply for the iSAGE training?

Please click on the application form link to apply for the iSAGE mini-fellowship. The course director will review your application and determine if we will be able to offer you a spot in the course. Successful candidates will be notified in 2 to 4 weeks after submission of their application. As iSAGE is an asynchronous learning network, applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the course is full. Please note that we reserve the right to determine who we choose to accept into the iSAGE program.

How long will it take to complete the iSAGE mini-fellowship?

It is anticipated that the entire mini-fellowship will take 80 hours of focused studying. These 80 hours can be completed over a three month period (one month per part of this three part mini-fellowship). A one month extension will be granted on a case by case basis for mini-fellows who have solid reasons for the delayed completion.

Is there a fee for the iSAGE training?

iSAGE training is funded by a federal grant to Dr. Periyakoil and thus is available free of cost at this time for those participants who complete the entire training successfully within the stipulated time .As we have a limited number of mini-fellowship spots, we reserve the right to charge a non-completion flat fee for participants who enroll in the program and do not complete it in the stipulated time. This non-completion fee is designed to dissuade “squatters” who enroll into the program and do not complete it but take up a spot that would have been better utilized by others who are serious and diligent learners.

What happens on completion of the iSAGE mini-fellowship?

  1. All mini-fellows who successfully complete the training will receive a certificate of completion of iSAGE training.
  2. Mini-fellows who receive a B+, A-, A or A+ on their mini-dissertation will be spotlighted in the iSAGE Hall of Fame as star students.
  3. Exceptional fellows will be invited to become Stanford iSAGE program peer-mentors.
  4. All iSAGE alumni will be able to participate in the iSAGE social media portal and join our vibrant community on aging and end of life care issues.

Registration for 2014

We filled out spots for 2013. We’re now accepting applications for winter 2014.

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