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Futures Program – A Workforce Development Initiative

By 2039, 3.5 million more healthcare professionals will be needed to care for our aging society. The need for healthcare professionals to provide competent, compassionate, and committed clinical professionals to care for our aging population is in high demand. AMDA’s Futures Program is a one-year learning experience designed to introduce a career in post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) medicine for residents, fellows, and advanced practice providers. The program begins with an intensive one-day learning experience geared toward clinicians early in their careers. Held in conjunction with PALTC23 – AMDA’s annual conference, the program exposes practitioners to the numerous career opportunities available in PALTC medicine. Futures Connect, a year-round program, provides resources and interaction with PALTC leaders in anticipation that participants will remain engaged with colleagues throughout their careers.

Program Goals

  • Recognize the variety of ways to practice in the PALTC setting.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of PALTC providers/medical directors.
  • Describe components of PALTC settings including clinical capabilities, financing, regulation, commonly used terms, and acronyms.

Futures Program Application Deadlines

Information about the Futures Class of 2023 will be available in mid-July. 

Questions or concerns, email us at Futures@paltc.org

20 Years of Reflection Futures Program Yearbook

“The Futures Program shed light on an area of medicine that I did not have formal exposure to during my training: Post-Acute & Long-Term Care Medicine.  The connections and friends I made during that week formally launched my career.
I jumped right in and AMDA embraced and welcomed me to the family from the very beginning.
I couldn’t be happier!”

Christian Bergman, MD, CMD

Class of 2016, Virginia Commonwealth University Health


Upon completing the Foundation Futures Program, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the variety of ways to practice in the PALTC setting.
  • Delineate the roles and responsibilities of providers/medical directors who serve in PALTC settings.
  • Depict the contributions of the interdisciplinary team.
  • Describe components of PALTC settings, including clinical capabilities, financing, regulation, commonly used terms, and acronyms.
  • List the benefits of AMDA membership, such as professional community participation, advocacy for setting, practice, and patient-specific needs, and CME/CE opportunities in engaging learning formats.
  • PGY IV or V Geriatric Medicine/Geriatric Psych Fellows
  • PGY II or III Internal Medicine or Family Physician Residents
  • Advanced Practitioners: Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
  • Allied Health professionals completing their training
  • Previous participants are not eligible to apply

The Foundation for Post-Acute & Long-Term Care Medicine is proud to provide the funding to support the Futures Program. Participants will receive the following benefits:

  • Admission to the Futures Program on Thursday, March 9, 2023. Attendance at this all-day event is required.
  • 3-Day Registration to PALTC23 – AMDA’s Annual Conference from March 10-13, 2023, in Tampa, FL. Daily attendance at PALTC23 is required.
  • One-year membership to AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine beginning January 2023. Membership benefits include a subscription to JAMDA -the Society’s scientific peer-reviewed journal online, and access to members-only content via podcasts and AMDA’s APP.
  • Participants will have access to resources provided through Futures Connect, the year-long online program that offers platforms for networking, discussions about topics of clinical interest, and open discussion with PALTC leaders.

PDF to be provided when completed


Please prepare the following items to upload with your online application:

  • Letter of Interest (LOI) – Your LOI should be no more than 250 words and describe your interest in long-term care practice and why you feel you will benefit from participating in this program
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A current photograph 

Read and accept the Futures Program Policies before submitting the online application. Submission of your Futures Program application indicates that you have read and accepted the Futures Program Policies.

A Letter of Support (LOS) by the applicant’s program director or another AMDA member must be emailed to Futures@paltc.org following submission of your online application. Your application will not be complete until we receive the LOS.

Cancellation Policy
The purpose of this policy is to provide a cancellation procedure for Futures participants, should a cancellation be necessary.

Statement of Policy
If a Futures participant would have to decline or withdraw from the Futures Program, they must contact AMDA’s program manager immediately by phone and in writing. The participant’s program director will also be notified of the cancellation.

Travel Policy
This policy aims to ensure consistent procedures among Futures participants awarded funding for travel and hotel expenses from the Foundation for PALTC Medicine; it does not apply to those whose expenses are paid by another organization or the participant.

Statement of Travel Policy

  1. Travel arrangements, including changes and cancellations of travel arrangements, can be made directly by the Futures participant. Flight changes and cancellation fees will be the responsibility of the Futures participant.
  2. The lowest available airfare shall be sought when booking. All travelers must use economy class.
  3. If the conference location is within driving distance of the participant, the participant will be reimbursed for mileage (federal rate) and parking fees.
  4. AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine’s Annual Conference registration will be paid directly by the Foundation.
  5. Staff will make the hotel accommodations in AMDA’s annual conference room block. If a participant receives funding and requires private accommodations, the Foundation will provide two nights of hotel accommodations, and the participant will be responsible for additional nights.
  6. Futures participants will be responsible for the costs of ground transportation to/from the conference and any food costs (breakfast and lunch will be provided on the day of the  Futures Program).

The CLICK HERE will take you to the AMDA site, where you must sign in using a current account or create a new account to complete the Futures application.

Many educational programs or employers provide funds to attend a professional conference. If you need funding for travel/lodging expenses, you may submit a Request for Funding when you complete the application. Please note that there are limited funds available.

The application deadline is November 17, 2022.

“My experience as a Futures participant encouraged me to redirect my practice in geriatrics and focus my effort towards achieving better:  better outcomes for my patients, better practice
surrounding inclusive healthcare in my community, and maintaining better self-care in order to continue to advocacy and awareness regarding aging.”

Jamyl Walker, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C

Class of 2016


Watch videos from 2022 Futures participants discussing why they found the program so valuable
and why they recommend it.

I found my unique place in geriatric care through AMDA’s Futures Program supported by the Foundation for PALTC Medicine, which introduced me to the rewarding work of post-acute and long-term care medicine and provided me with colleagues and comradery that are invaluable to me on both a professional and personal level.
– 2001 Futures Program graduate, former AMDA President,
Cari Levy, MD. PhD.


The Futures Program

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