Facilitator In Training (FIT) Applications

Application Process

Please review all information on "Program Details" page prior to proceeding with the FIT application.

2. Verify that you have met all prerequisites:
     1) Successfully completed the ACH Relationship-Centered Communication Facilitators Program (RCF) or graduated from an ACH Train-the-Trainer program.
     2) Attended an ACH ENRICH course.
     3) Are a current ACH member

3. Prior to submitting your application: Contact ACH with your intent to apply to the program via our contact form to verify that you have met all prerequisites.

4. Submit all of your application materials by the deadline: Submit all required materials through the online submission form (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/25ACHFITProgramApp.) You will be required to have all documents (including letters of recommendation) ready for upload to submit. Partial applications will not be accepted. Complete applications will be reviewed by the FIT Committee.

5. Notification of Decision - You will be notified of the FIT Committee's decision by early November. Acceptance letters and FIT program agreements (Appendix V) will be sent out via email. We could like to stress that it is not possible to accept every applicant. The Committee will accept only the number of applicants to whom we can guarantee a full and rich experience. If not accepted, you will be offered recommendations for additions or revisions to your application and an invitation to resubmit your application in a future year.  

6. Program Orientation - A program orientation meeting will be scheduled shortly after acceptance based on participant availability. 

CV or resume

Please include your most updated CV or resume.

Address each of the following items in your statement:

  1. Your motivation for applying
  2. The most successful participants have the professional support and protected time from their institution to embark on this multi-year program as the time commitment and cost for the program is substantial. Please describe what (if any) institutional support you have for pursuing the FIT program.  Financial support from your home institution (if relevant) is encouraged but is not required. All individuals who meet the requirements are welcome to apply, including those who are either not part of an institution or are part of an institution but do not have financial support from their institution. A limited number of scholarships are available to cover the cost of tuition for those FITs who apply and meet criteria.
    Resources for gaining institutional support: Building the Case for Participating in the FIT Program
  3. Why you are interested in increasing your personal awareness.  (Personal awareness is an integral part of the FIT program, so expect to spend a good portion of your time in the program honing this skill.  If development of your own personal awareness is not a goal of yours, you are advised to reconsider applying).
  4. The skills you hope to attain from the FIT program beyond those gained in the RCF or TTT program

4 Letters of Support from:

  • 2 ACH Faculty members: (Use this request letter when asking for your letters of support.)
  • 1 Learner (Coaching context)
  • 1 Institutional support


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2 Faculty letters- These should be sent by ACH faculty with whom you have worked in ACH courses, RCF, TTT, or in other capacities. These letters should describe your knowledge and competence as they relate to the FIT program core domains of facilitation, workshop content and development, coaching, and personal awareness. They should also provide an opinion about your readiness for ACH training. The link to the left will provide you with a templated “request for letter of recommendation” that you should send to the 2 ACH Faculty from whom you'd like letters. It contains details on what they need to include in their letters of recommendation.

Learner letter- This should be from a learner with whom you have worked in within the last year. The strongest learner letters will be able to address some, but not necessarily all, of the following domains of teaching and learning: teaching in large group, small group, and/or bedside about communication topics, feedback, mentoring, coaching, and/or remediation. A "learner" is defined as a student or learner from any level (e.g. student, graduate medical education learner, peer faculty member for whom you've served in a teaching or mentorship role). Send this request letter to the learner from whom you'd like a letter. It contains details on what they need to include in their letter of recommendation.

Institutional letter- This letter should provide evidence of institutional commitment to your participation in the program. Send this templated “request for an institutional letter of support” to the Chairperson or Supervisor from whom you'd like a letter. It contains details on what they need to include in their letter of recommendation.

Resources for gaining institutional support: Building the Case for Participating in the FIT Program

Preliminary Learning Plan

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This should contain overall goals for the year, specific objectives which will lead to those goals, learning activities that will lead to attainment of your objectives, and methods for evaluating your progress. The learning plan will be a continued resource used throughout the FIT program.