CDM: Frequently Asked Questions

The Certificate in Diversity Management in Health Care: Frequently Asked Questions

 

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How long does it take to complete the fellowship?

How many fellows are in the cohort?

How much time committment is required?

What is the required background for participants in this program?

What is the approach to teaching and learning?

What will I be qualified to do with this certificate?

What is required of me to participate in this fellowship?

Can I do the fellowship on a part time basis?

Do I need to travel for this fellowship?

What is the cost of tuition?

Do I have to pay full tuition at the start of the fellowship?

What is the deadline to register for the fellowship?

Who can I speak to if I have questions about the fellowship?



How long does it take to complete the fellowship?
The fellowship takes one full year to complete. During the course of the 12-month fellowship, fellows will complete 9 content modules and participate in two interactive on site learning forums. (Date and Location info can be found here.) The modules consist of both online curriculum and on-site learning. Toward the end of the course, additional focus will be directed at the development of the individual's Diversity/Disparities Action Plan.

 

How many fellows are in the cohort?
Each cohort will be limited to 25 people to maintain an optimal level of interaction and learning for each fellow.

 

How much time committment is required?

Fellows should invest the time, energy and resources necessary to complete all aspects of the fellowship, including completion of their pre-work, post-work, in class assignments and capstone project, Diversity Disparities Action Plan (DDAP) project. The CDM Fellowship total accumulative annual time allocated to all of the CDM fellowship course studies should be 120-150 hours to satisfy all course and faculty requirements.

 

What is the required background for participants in this fellowship?
Fellows in the CDM cohort will have earned a bachelor's degree and will hold a position of responsibility in diversity management role in your organization.

 

What is the approach to teaching and learning?
Modules have been designed to promote effective learning through fellows' involvement in demonstration, discussion groups, teaching others and professional and self reflection. Overall, the objective is to create and sustain a learning community whose members will continue, after completion of the program, learning and developing throughout their career.

 

What will I be qualified to do with this certificate?
This fellowship is designed to further prepare and develop individuals who will serve or are currently serving as senior diversity practitioners in health care organizations.

 

What is required of me to participate in this fellowship?
The fellowship structure consists of four components. The first is the pre-work, which is work that is to be done in preparation for the initial on-site residency. Pre-work assignments will be released 4 weeks prior to the first on-site residency.  This would include orientation to online learning.  The second component is the on- site learning which occurs two times for 2 to 2-half day sessions during the course of the 12-month fellowship (Location and dates can be found here). The third component is the online learning, which allows students to work more easily around work and family life schedules and complete course work in their own private settings and at times that work best for them. The fourth component consists of the development of the Diversity and Disparities Action Plan, a key element of the program, which allows the participant to develop a roadmap for the substantial change needed to address disparities and diversity issues in the participant's institution and community.

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Can I do the fellowship on a part time basis?
The Certificate in Diversity Management in Health Care fellowship was designed for fellows who work full time and have other commitments. Although it is a full-time fellowship, with fellows entering as a cohort, you will be completing the fellowship one topic at a time.

 

Do I need to travel for this fellowship?
Yes, there are two face-to-face residencies during the entire course; one at the beginning of the course in the fall and the second in the spring. Locations and dates can be found here.

 

What is the cost of tuition? 
Cost of tuition is as follows:

• For fellows who have completed their bachelor's degree: $10,500

• For two or more fellows from the same health care system or fellows from an active Institute member organization: $9,500

• Tuition will cover course materials and program site expenses.  Fellows are responsible for all travel and hotel expenses.

 

Discounted tuition rates are available for fellows referred by members of the American Leadership Council for Diversity in Healthcare.

 

Do I have to pay full tuition at the start of the program?

Yes, all fellows must pay tuition in full prior to the start of the program in order to receive their CDM credentials.

 

What is the deadline to register for the 2016-2017 CDM Fellowship?

The deadline to register for the 2016-2017 CDM Fellowship is September 16, 2016.

 

Who can I speak to if I have questions about the program?
Please contact Jetaun Mallett at (312) 422-2692 or ifd-cdm@aha.org.