29 Jun

Chat Series: Opportunities for Health & Medical Professionals

29 Jun 2016
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

You will have a chance to submit advance questions when you RSVP. To view additional chats in this series click here.

Seeking to gain hands-on policy experience and apply your STEM training to address societal challenges? Are you a health/medical professional wondering if an S&T Policy Fellowship is right for you? Policy fellows with a background in health/medical sciences have much to contribute and gain from the fellowship experience. Collaborate and brainstorm with high ranking policy leaders. And do it in the company of 200+ talented global scientists and engineers.

The application season for the 2017-18 fellowship year runs from May to November 1. Each month during this period we will host a live chat featuring current and alumni fellows. Join us on June 29, 2:00 p.m. ET for a video chat with fellows who share a background in health/medical sciences!

The AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens who hold doctoral level degrees in any of the following:

  • Medical and Health sciences.
  • Biological, Physical or Earth sciences.
  • Social and Behavioral sciences.
  • Computational sciences and Mathematics.
  • Engineering disciplines (applicants with a MS in engineering and three years of professional experience also qualify).

Read an overview of S&T Policy Fellowships (STPF) here, so we’ll have more time to answer specific questions relevant to you.

Chat Participants

Staff: Salaeha Shariff

Fellows: 

Arul Thangavel, MD, 2015-2016 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Department of State

Arul Thangavel is a AAAS S&T Policy Fellow at the Department of State in the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources (F), in the Policy Analysis branch. F offers a holistic approach to managing foreign assistance resources for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through three pillars: Budget, Planning and Performance Management, and Policy Analysis. These pillars allow F to lead coordination of State Department and USAID foreign assistance resources to advance U.S. foreign policy, development, and national security priorities; develop the foreign assistance budget request for the State Department and USAID; make informed, data-driven decisions; and work on behalf of the American taxpayer.


Prior to his fellowship, Dr. Thangavel was an internal medicine physician and global health researcher from San Francisco. He completed his residency training at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Thangavel’s research interests include building primary care networks in resource-poor regions, treatment of global cardiovascular disease, and exchange of best medical practices between high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries.

He holds a medical degree from UCSF. 

Amy Adams, Ph.D., 2004-06 Executive Branch Fellow, National Institutes of Health 

Dr. Amy Adams was a 2004-06 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow (STPF) in the Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and subsequently served as Special Assistant to the NIH Director.

Dr. Adams currently serves as director of the Office of Scientific Liaison (OSL) at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders (NINDS) and Stroke at NIH, where she leads OSL efforts to provide a seamless flow of information on research advances and initiatives to the various stakeholders including scientific and academic communities, as well as policy-makers, patients, and the public.  OSL manages the NINDS website, an important tool in broadly conveying this information.  She also serves as a mentor and supervisor to current and alumni STPF fellows at NIH. 

Previously, she served as the director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Office of Science Policy and Analysis (OSPA), where she was responsible for coordinating scientific planning efforts, policy analysis, and providing evaluating and reporting services for the NIDCR.  

Dr. Adams earned her Ph.D. in cell biology from the Yale University School of Medicine.