Fellows Program

Fellows of the International Society of Travel Medicine (FISTM)

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It was during the first Conference of International Travel Medicine in 1988 that close to 500 travel medicine professionals gathered and decided to launch the first international society focused solely on travel medicine. Established during the second Conference of International Travel Medicine in 1991 with over 900 delegates, ISTM has now grown to over 3,500 members in almost 100 countries and is the largest organization of professionals dedicated to the advancement of the specialty of travel medicine.

At the 25 year anniversary of the Society, the ISTM Executive Board established the FISTM credential in 2016 to recognize individuals who advocate for and support the ISTM, and to those who demonstrate professional excellence either in the way of clinical practice, research, education, and/or policy development. An initial group of 18 Travel Medicine Professionals have been bestowed the FISTM in 2016, becoming the first class of Fellows. This group includes ISTM Presidents, ISTM Secretary-Treasurers, and ISTM Journal Editors. Please join us in congratulating the Initial Class of ISTM Fellows, 2015-2016:

  • Erić Caumes, France
  • Bradley Connor, United States of America
  • Herbert DuPont, United States of America
  • Charles Ericsson, United States of America
  • David Freedman, United States of America
  • Fiona Genasi, United Kingdom
  • Jay Keystone, Canada
  • Phyllis Kozarsky, United States of America
  • Peter Leggat, Australia
  • Hans Lobel, United States of America [Posthumously]
  • Louis Loutan, Switzerland
  • Alan Magill, United States of America [Posthumously]
  • Prativa Pandey, Nepal
  • Michel Rey, France
  • David Shlim, United States of America
  • Robert Steffen, Switzerland
  • Frank von Sonnenburg, Germany
  • Annelies Wilder-Smith, Singapore

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Fellows Program Details


Commensurate with the maturation of our society, the ISTM has established an advanced recognition program to honor those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the field of travel medicine, to those who advocate for and support the ISTM, and to those who demonstrate professional excellence either in the way of clinical practice, research, education, and/or policy development.

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Program Description:

Every two years during the CISTMs, the ISTM will bestow a life-long ISTM Fellows credential to those professionals who meet the majority of the criteria identified below. The program is administered by the ISTM Special Recognitions Committee (SRC)

Applications for Fellow status should focus on the requisite criteria which will be reviewed with vigor by the ISTM SRC. Successful candidates must demonstrate outstanding contributions to the field of travel medicine. Application, including satisfying all requisite criteria, is not a prima facie guarantee of approval of Fellow status by the SRC.

ISTM members in good standing may self-apply for Fellow status, or a current Fellow can provide the complete application on behalf of a member. Candidates applying to be accepted in the first round of Fellows to be approved by the SRC will be required to submit a completed application form, an up-to-date, full-length curriculum vitae, and at least three letters of support from others in the field of travel medicine. After the first round of Fellows is accepted, applications must include at least one letter of support from a current ISTM Fellow.

The ISTM SRC will review all applications, and make recommendations to the ISTM Executive Board for the final candidates to be accepted into the program. Once a candidate has been accepted, s(he) is entitled to specific benefits and recognition outlined below for as long as s(he) maintains an active ISTM membership. Applicants who are denied advancement to Fellow status may appeal directly to the Executive Board via the Executive Director, Diane Nickolson. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply as often as they wish.

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ISTM Fellows are recognized leaders in the field of travel medicine and in the ISTM. As such, ISTM Fellow candidates must have maintained membership in the ISTM for a minimum of 5 years. Candidates with 5-10 years of membership will be considered for accelerated advancement to Fellow status, which will require an exceptionally strong record of accomplishments. Additionally, candidates must meet at least 4 of the following 5 criteria to be considered:

  1. Has achieved and maintained their Certificate in Travel Health;
  2. Has actively participated in leadership positions on ISTM committees, ISTM interest and professional groups, and/or ISTM leadership for no less than 4 years;
  3. Has demonstrated advocacy for the practice of travel medicine nationally, regionally and/or internationally;
  4. Has participated in travel medicine educational programs, including those of ISTM and other regional or national travel medicine or related professional societies;
  5. Has fulfilled criteria on one or more of the following tracks:
    1. Clinical: has practiced travel medicine for no fewer than 10 years
    2. Researcher: has contributed to the literature in a substantive and meaningful way
    3. Policy: has contributed to the development of travel health guidelines and recommendations nationally and/or internationally and contributed to efforts at dissemination of policy changes

Fulfillment and verification of each criterion must be adequately documented in the application, curriculum vitae or letters of support.

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Benefits of Becoming an ISTM Fellow

When ISTM Fellows are inducted at the Awards Ceremony during the biennial CISTM they will receive a certificate suitable for framing that acknowledges this status as long as they remain members of the ISTM.

ISTM Fellows will be entitled to use the credential, Fellow of the ISTM (FISTM). They will be regularly recognized in ISTM publications, on the ISTM website, in the Global Travel Medicine Clinic Directory, and at the ISTM Conferences (CISTMs) with a special ribbon for their badge and acknowledgement in the program materials.

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Application Process

Prior to each CISTM, a call for Fellow Nominations will be distributed to all current ISTM Fellows and ISTM Members in good standing along with access to the application form and program description. The application process will require proof that the candidate has met the requisite criteria. The application deadline will be 10 to 12 months prior to the CISTM. The ISTM Special Recognitions Committee will review the applications, and submit its recommendation to the ISTM Executive Board. The Executive Board will approve the recommendation at 6-8 months prior to the CISTM, and candidates will be immediately notified.

At least 5 months prior to the CISTM, the Awards Ceremony invitations will be sent to all current Fellows and the accepted candidates. The invitations will include a list of the candidates who will be inducted during the Awards Ceremony.

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2016-2017 Fellows Program Awards Timeline

Call for Nominations: 1 April 2016 to 31 July 2016
Candidate Review and Recommendations to ISTM Executive Board: October 2016
ISTM Executive Board Award Decisions: December 2016
Notification of Candidates: January 2017
2017 ISTM Fellows Program Awards Ceremony: May 2017

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