Program Changes & Clarifications

Please note that the information provided below shall take precedent over any other written or verbal instructions related to ECRIP abstracts submitted to the NYS Department of Health.

  1. A research fellow, included in the definition section of the draft regulations under clinical research position on pages 2 and 3, has been expanded to include Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.
  2. The definition of a graduate medical education program, found on page 4 of the draft regulations, has been expanded to include a post-graduate medical education residency in Canada.
  3. On page 6 of the draft regulations, language has been changed to allow a teaching hospital to implement a secondary research theme if it receives $400,000 or more in annual State ECRIP funding.
  4. A sponsor/mentor can train up to a maximum of two ECRIP fellows at one time.
  5. If an abstract includes more than one sponsor/mentor than the 500 world limit noted in Section C, #4 of the Abstract Outline may apply to each sponsor/mentor, if necessary. Also, one bio-sketch should be included per sponsor/mentor.
  6. No funds will be distributed until the draft regulations are adopted. The Department of Health is seeking adoption on an emergency basis while the regular adoption proceeds.
  7. For Individual projects, two fellows may be trained for one year each at the same time, or one fellow may be trained over two years. In either case, teaching hospitals would receive $75,000 in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2013-14 and $75,000 in SFY 2014-15. If a hospital chooses to train two residents at the same time for one year each, they may begin their project after January 15, 2014, but consistent with (xi) on page 9 of the draft regulations, the research fellows must be identified by December 31, 2013. In no event, may this one year individual project begin any later than December 31, 2014.
  8. Carefully review Clinical Research Position on pages 2 and 3 of the draft regulations. This section includes the minimum requirements of the research fellow, including (but not limited to): that the position shall not be required in order for the research fellow to complete a graduate medical education program; and that the position shall exceed the minimum standards that are required by the residency review committee in the specialty the research fellow has trained or is currently training. An ECRIP fellowship cannot be used for credit toward completion of any GME residency program requirement.