AAF Bilateral Exchange Programs
The American Austrian Foundation (AAF) offers several bilateral exchange programs for medical students and professionals.
Max Kade Fellowships
Humes Visiting Professorships
Andlinger Residency Exchange
Through the Andlinger Residency Exchange Program the American Austrian Foundation (AAF) awards fellowships to outstanding American and Austrian medical residents. The program supports training for Austrian medical residents in the United States and for American medical residents in Austria. They are encouraged to do rotations in OMI partner hospitals for a minimum of two weeks up to a maximum of one month. The program supplements the residents’ education and broadens their experience through exposure to a foreign healthcare system.
American and Austrian medical residents in their third or fourth year of training are eligible to apply for the program. The fellowship is a travel grant. Fellows are responsible for their own arrangements, such as travel, insurance, housing and correspondence with their mentor.
The fellowship program is named after Mr. Gerhard R. Andlinger, a successful American businessman with Austrian roots and a trustee of the AAF, who generously supported it since its inception in 1992. To date, more than 185 medical residents from Austria and the United States have successfully participated in this bilateral exchange.
Catherina Müller, MD (Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria)
Andlinger Fellow at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
»One of the most important aspects of the observership was the communication and discussion with American residents and surgeons to share ideas. This showed me the importance of getting new perspectives to develop professionally and therefore strengthened my ambition to also do a clinical fellowship in the future. Taken together, I gained a lot of additional motivation for my clinical practice.«
Max Kade Clinical Clerkships
The Max Kade Clinical Clerkships Program, jointly funded by the American Austrian Foundation (AAF) and the Max Kade Foundation, offers one-month clinical clerkships in Austria or the United States to American and Austrian medical students from partnering medical schools. The program aims to supplement the students’ education and broaden their experience by exposing them to a foreign culture and healthcare system.
American students may participate during their fourth year of study. The fellowship includes a travel stipend and pocket money, as well as accommodation during a one-month rotation in Austria. Rotating in Austria can be quite different from US rotations, as they are largely unstructured and require fellows to take the initiative to communicate with doctors and residents. In addition to the daily rotation in the hospital, the clerkship in Vienna offers a broad social event program, such as a visit to a typical Viennese “Heuriger”, a city tour, a tour of the “Josephinum”, the medical history museum, etc. Students also attend a weekly German class, which gives them the opportunity to learn and use a new language. Each week students meet with Open Medical Institute (OMI) Observers, who are physicians practicing in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa, invited for a month-long clinical or research observership. This gives the students the opportunity to learn about healthcare not only in Austria, but also in countries in transition. The fellowship is a travel grant and stipend, but does not cover meals or incidental expenses. If you plan to travel on weekends, you should have personal funds available.
Austrian students should apply in their 5th year of medical school in order to complete a clinical clerkship in the US during their last (6th) year of medical school. They must be enrolled at their home university as medical students during the fellowship. Therefore, it is only possible to complete the clinical rotation in the US prior to graduation. Candidates need to apply one year in advance, i.e. students who will complete medical school in 2021 should apply in 2020/2021. They must have completed eight weeks of the following five core clerkships prior to the start of their stay in the US: Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry. Applicants need to provide proof of their English skills through official English certificates (TOEFL iBT, Cambridge Certificate, IELTS or a „Sehr gut“ in their Matura diploma) or be an English native speaker. The fellowship is a travel stipend. Students must cover all other expenses themselves.
Clerkships are available at the following institutions:
- Weill Medical College of Cornell University and its affiliated hospitals in New York City
For further information please visit: http://weill.cornell.edu/international/
- George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
For further information please visit: http://smhs.gwu.edu/academics/md-program/visiting-students
- University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia
For further information please visit: http://www.med.upenn.edu/globalhealth/international-trainees-scholars.html
For Austrian students, the program offers the possibility to experience first-hand how medicine is practiced and, above all, taught at leading American medical universities. The Anglo-American didactics significantly differs from the teaching methods at Austrian universities, thus providing Austrian students with a new perspective on medical education.
Please refer to the Experience Guide containing valuable information and recommendations from former Max Kade fellows.
Ashtin B. Jeney, MD (George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA)
Max Kade Fellow at Medical University of Vienna
»I had a lot of conversations with physicians in Austria about the public health system here and how that compares to ours, and have come to really appreciate the Austria system and know that many are happy with it and think that there are a lot of positives to the training system as well as the delivery system. I really look forward to being in contact with those I met in Austria in the future.«
Apply (American Students)
Please submit the following document via email:
- Application form
The application deadline for 2021 has expired.
March 1–26, 2021
April 5-30, 2021
Apply (Austrian Students)
Please submit the following documents via email:
- Application Form (page 1,2 and 3)
- Official Transcript of Records
- Letter of Recommendation
- Application Essay
- Updated CV
- Proof of Application Fee Payment
After the application deadline, the AAF selects candidates and assigns them to the partner institutions.
Selected students have to apply directly to their assigned institution six months in advance and have to fulfill all their requirements, which differ slightly depending on the institution. These requirement criteria can be found on the institution’s websites. For Austrian students, the TOEFL test is required for some institutions. Exact fellowship dates depend upon the host institution.
The application deadline for 2020/2021 has expired.
Make sure that you submit all requested documents!Only complete applications will be consider.
Humes Visiting Professorships
The Humes Visiting Professorships Program was established to strengthen the relationship between American and Austrian Open Medical Institute (OMI) faculty, who jointly conduct the OMI seminar program. This bilateral exchange is awarded annually by a committee of experts (AAF Medical Steering Committee and AAF Board of Trustees) and must be completed within five years of acceptance. Only a course director and the corresponding co-course director of an OMI Seminar are eligible for the program. Furthermore, at least three residents and attending physicians from the award recipients’ institutions should also visit each other through the Andlinger Residency Exchange Program.
Humes Visiting Professors visit each other’s institutions and give a minimum of two lectures on cutting edge developments in their field, grand rounds with residents and attending physicians, and a session with case presentations. Recipients schedule the visit themselves and submit the schedule to the American Austrian Foundation (AAF) for documentation purposes. It is hoped that the Humes Visiting Professorships will lead to activities between the academic institutions beyond the five-year period. The AAF will support such activities on a case by case basis.
The program is a bequest by the estate of the late AAF trustee and Cornell Medical University graduate, Dr. Jean Humes, in memory of her husband, John P. Humes, a former US ambassador to Austria and the first president of the AAF. Since its inception in 1990, 49 Humes Visiting Professorships have been awarded in multiple medical specialties.
J. Lloyd Michener, MD (Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina, USA)
Humes professor at the Medical university of vienna
»The Humes Professorship visit was a rewarding and enjoyable personal experience. The work of the Austrian general practitioners is most impressive and notable; the breadth of the department and Center of Public Health is also quite considerable and remarkable.«