Faculty Incubator 2022-23 Application



The ALiEM Faculty Incubator is a year-long virtual professional development program for educators of ALL specialties, which enrolls members into a mentored digital community of practice. This small, 30-person, exclusive community will stoke the fires of creative engagement through mentorship and collaboration.

In the era of the pandemic and physical distancing, having a community of like-minded individuals to offer encouragement, help you gain a foundation of medical education, and create opportunities for collaboration in scholarship is important to close the gap. Our goal is to construct a curriculum, delivered to you in a closed digital platform, and help you launch and accelerate your career development.

If you want to be a successful, scholarly leader in health professions education, we hope to work with you to acquire the skills and knowledge required to be a superstar educator in the 21st century.

Applications are open so apply today. The deadline is Sunday, January 16, 2022. We are excited to have you join our next class of Facubatees!

What will you learn?

We have created an extensive curriculum applicable to educators of all specialties, which is built along with an experiential model, based on Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle. There will be no assessments via quizzes or tests, but rather assessments via portfolio entries, reflections, journal club discussions, and group work.

The year-long curriculum will include advanced training in medical education and scholarship development. With direct access to nationally renowned leaders, each month we will address a different important topic, accelerate short-term and long-term educational projects, and provide unique opportunities to speak at national conferences, book clubs,  and journal clubs. We will also have the opportunity to connect live monthly through a grand round session related to the curriculum presented for a deeper dive of the content with leading experts in the field. 

Curriculum Outline

MayDigital Collaboration and Scholarship
JuneEducational Theory and Your Philosophy
AugustGenerational Learner, Teaching Techniques, Remediation
SeptemberEducational Engineering and Innovation
OctoberTeaching and Learning with Technologies
NovemberAssessment / Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME)
JanuaryProgram Evaluation
FebruaryEducational Research and Study Design
MarchSurviving Peer Review
AprilGetting your work out there!


Goals of the Faculty Incubator

  1. To cultivate a virtual community of beyond-beginner medical educators.
  2. To allow you to develop a professional network of collaborators and mentors.
  3. To provide you with a strong foundation in education theory, educational research design, curriculum planning, and program evaluation.
  4. To guide you with training and experience in translating educational theory into practice.
  5. To support and promote your tangible works of scholarship.

Why limit the Faculty Incubator to just 30 members?

In order to ensure that each member gets personalized attention and is able to develop a true lifelong community of practice, it is important to limit membership. Members will be part of rotating project-based small groups, as well as have personal access to leaders in the field. A smaller membership size will help ensure that every member is an active and engaged member of the community. We may expand in the future, but did not want to overextend our valuable mentors.

Perks? Yes, plenty of them.

  • Personal access to leaders in various medical and non-medical arenas
  • A well-designed, year-long curriculum designed by medical education experts
  • Mentored peer-reviewer opportunities for emergency medicine & medical education journals
  • Medical education scholarship opportunity through dedicated Scholarship Mentors
  • Opportunities to publish blog posts on ALiEM
  • Mentorship for your own personal scholarship projects by national experts
  • Networking alongside other rising stars in medicine
  • Free socks… who doesn’t love free socks??

Some accomplishments of our first 6 classes of Faculty Incubator participants

  • Dozens of publications in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training, and Cureus.
  • National speaking and scholarship opportunities, including invited Grand Rounds opportunities at a number of institutions, as well as a speaker slot at the popular UCSF High Risk Emergency Medicine Conference
  • Authorship in the Education Theories Made Practical eBook (Volume 1-4 are published, Volume 5 is in press)
  • Multiple teaching awards and scholarship awards among Facubatees and mentors

Incubator Launch Day

Members will be enrolled in an exclusive Faculty Incubator Launch Day workshop. This workshop will be conducted in April 2022 Virtually.

Unlike many traditional workshops, we will make sure that this day is super high-yield. Our plan is to create an interactive and amazing experience that helps you bond with the mentors and your fellow Faculty Incubator participants. During this day you will even start to create plans for the year-long projects you will be working on!

Our Platform: Goodbye boring listserv. Welcome, Slack!

Slack, despite its informal name, is an incredibly powerful digital communication platform that has completely revolutionized how the ALiEM Editorial Board works and is the primary means of communication for many major companies (including eBay, the Wall Street Journal, and even NASA). It has also served as the successful platform for our other high-profile community, the Chief Resident Incubator. It has been described as “team communication for the 21st century” and efficiently transforms how teams work. This will be how we will be communicating, sharing, and working together in a private Faculty Incubator account.

Incubator Leadership Team

Sree Natesan, MD
Sree Natesan, MD

Chief Academic Operations Officer

Associate Program Director of EM at Duke University; Director of Duke GME Medical Education Leadership Track

Sree’s professional interests surround medical education, clinical teaching and feedback, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the ALiEM EM Bound, a newsletter for Medical Students interested in Emergency Medicine. Her love of teaching has earned her several national teaching awards. She enjoys igniting the joy of learning in those around her.

Sara Krzyzaniak, MD
Sara Krzyzaniak, MD

Chief Academic Operations Officer

Program Director in the Department of EM at Stanford

Sara’s professional interests are in resident wellness, remediation of struggling learners, and residency curriculum development. She has several national presentations as well as peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on these topics.

Michael Gottlieb, MD RDMS
Michael Gottlieb, MD RDMS

Chief Strategic Officer

Associate Professor of EM and the Ultrasound Director at Rush University Medical Center

Mike has authored over 180 peer-reviewed publications, is a peer-reviewer for 25 journals, and an Editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, and American Journal of Emergency Medicine. He also serves as Social Media Editor for Academic Emergency Medicine. His academic interests include resident education with a focus on ultrasound and procedural applications.

Teresa Chan, BEd, MD, MHPE, FRCPC
Teresa Chan, BEd, MD, MHPE, FRCPC

Senior Advisor

Assistant Dean for Program for Faculty Development, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University; Assistant Professor of EM, McMaster University

Teresa’s interests include residency assessment, physician communication, and online teaching and learning. She serves on the ALiEM Board and is the Editor of the ALiEM MEdIC series. As her department’s Continuing Professional Development Director, she has over 80 peer-reviewed publications, is the inaugural CJEM Social Media Editor, and was selected as a top reviewer for Academic Medicine.

Antonia Quinn, DO
Antonia Quinn, DO

Associate Chief Operation Officer

Associate Director for Clinical Competencies and Associate Residency Director of EM at SUNY Downstate

Antonia’s professional interests include teaching clinical skills with a focus on physical exam skills. She published peer review curricula using a cardiopulmonary auscultation manikin to teach heart and lung sounds to medical students. The faculty incubator has also strengthened her interest in educational frameworks and she has spoken nationally on this topic.

Our Core Mentors

Al’ai Alverez, Geoff Comp, Abra Fant, Drew Kalnow, Simiao Li-Sauerwine, Lexie Mannix, Benjamin Schnapp, Anita Thomas, Kelsey Vargas, Matthew Zuckerman

Our Alumni Mentors

Fawziah Alsalmi , Brian Barbas, Riccardo Bianchi, Guy Carmelli, Sean Dyer, Katie Fisher, Mala Joneja, Sophia Lin, David Story, Dolly Yadav

Other Mentors

Grand Rounds: Christine Stehman

Scholarship Mentor: Holly Caretta-Weyer & Anne Messman

Membership Cost

The cost of this year-long program is $1,500 per person. Scholarships may be available if the applicant demonstrates a significant need. Compare this to other faculty development courses:

  • The Teaching Course ($1500) for 3 days
  • American College of Emergency Physician Teaching Fellowship ($1,615) for 11 days
  • Harvard Macy Institute for Educators in Health Professions ($5,800) for 14 days


Preference will be given to the following applicants:

  • Available and will attend the Faculty Incubator Launch Day in April 2022 virtually.
  • Have previously participated in national (or institutional) faculty development courses (e.g.  Teaching Fellowship, The Teaching Course, Medical Education Research Certification courses, or longitudinal institutional courses). Individuals who have demonstrated early leadership in education within their institution (e.g. Clerkship coordinator or Assistant Program Director) will be exempt from this prerequisite but must explain this in their application.

Application Process

In order to apply for the 2022-2023 cohort, the following materials should be submitted in the embedded form below:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae (with Educator’s Portfolio, if available): This should outline specifically all the formal training and previous experiences in medical or health professions education.
  • Letter of Interest – Share with us why you are interested in our Faculty Incubator program. Describe prior experiential and formal training in education and how they have/will contribute to the community. Also, share with us how you envision the program helping you achieve your career goals. (Do not exceed 3 pages)
  • Letter of Support Form completed by Section Chief, Academic Chair, or Dean/Vice-Dean – The letter of support template should be downloaded HERE. Please relabel this letter with your name and the words “ChairSupportLetter” (e.g. Gottlieb_Michael-ChairSupportLetter.docx) before uploading. You may upload it as a Word Document or PDF.
  • Letter for Special Consideration (optional) – Please include this, if you feel you qualify for need-based financial assistance (do not exceed 500 words).



Application Deadline

Sunday, January 16, 2022 5p PST

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I be a non-emergency medicine faculty member and still apply?

Absolutely! Diversity of backgrounds will be key to the success of the incubator. Our shared experiences will make the collaborations richer. Our participants come from many fields of medicine including GI, IM, Peds, Pulm/Critical Care, and pre-clinical education.

2. Why build this Incubator? Aren’t there enough faculty development opportunities already?

We have found that junior faculty, who have attended various faculty development courses and workshops, acquire the foundational theoretical knowledge to launch their educator-scholar careers. However, there are very limited opportunities for longitudinal mentorship, especially outside of their own institution. In the digital age, we have recruited an international panel of mentors and experts in the field to take you to the next level — applying your knowledge towards actual projects and publications.

3. How much protected time is necessary to ensure a proper level of engagement?

The more time you have to put into the Faculty Incubator, the more you will get out of it. That being said, we would recommend setting aside a minimum of 6-8 hours per month, though this may vary by person based upon previous training, technological proficiency, etc.

4. I am graduating from a fellowship in June. Can I still apply even though the Faculty Incubator technically starts in May 2022?

Absolutely! If you are unable to get a letter from your new faculty job’s Chair/Dean, please send in your Fellowship Director’s letter of support, attesting to your potential in academia and especially education scholarship.


Have questions? Feel free to contact us!