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2019-2020 ALiEM Faculty Incubator: 6 Reasons To Get Excited!


The ALiEM Faculty Incubator is thrilled to announce that applications are now open for its FOURTH year! We plan to build on the success of the last 3 years to create the best Faculty Incubator yet. The deadline to apply is Thursday, January 31 at 5 pm EST. Check out 6 reasons to get excited below.

Deadline for application:

Thursday, January 31 at 5 pm Eastern Time Zone

1. Build your network

Our last 3 cohorts have included junior and mid-career educators from all fields of medicine (including EM, IM, Peds, GI, and Pulm/Critical Care), who range the educational spectrum from pre-clinical to clinical. Get to know your colleagues from across the country & the world (our members have come from as far as Chile, Australia, and India!) and collaborate on projects.

  • Meet up at conferences across the globe for social engagement
  • Develop multi-institutional projects
  • Tap into resources beyond your local educational community with instant and continuous access to brilliant minds across North America

2. Lots (and we mean lots!) of scholarly opportunities

There is no better way to improve your scholarly output than by channeling the energy and expertise of this community of practice.

This year’s group:

  • is in the process of publishing a number of peer-reviewed papers (so many, we kinda lost count!)
  • has drafted a series of blog posts for the popular ICE-ALiEM collaboration Education Theory Made Practical (which will become Volume 3 of the popular e-book published by last year’s cohort)
  • has presented (and are planning to present) at national conferences

3. Put some method behind the madness

You are all creative and innovative educators, but how often are you able to communicate the theory behind what you are doing? Learn how to apply education science and theory to your projects, both big and small. Use what you learn to more effectively communicate with educator colleagues and market your projects to higher-ups! There is a certain shibboleth for educators that you will certainly learn about by hanging out with all of us!

4. Connecting & Networking

We know there will be an incredible group of peers and mentors joining the program next year. Our handpicked mentors will provide guidance and experience as we discuss all things education. No topic is too big or too small! From large group discussions about tackling common education conundrums (e.g. How can you successfully pitch an education project to your Dean’s office?) to monthly small-group mentorship meetings with career advice, you will find support, encouragement, and guidance at every step. Check out the list below for all the great people that we know you’ll meet – and then don’t forget there are all the incredible fellow Incubatees that will start with you in the same year!

5. Comprehensive curriculum

The curriculum this year will include a wide range of topics, including Digital Scholarship, Teaching and Learning with Technology, and Educational Theory and Study Design. Through weekly discussions and monthly small-group projects, you will take a deep dive into topics that are highly pertinent to today’s education scholar. You will gain insight and knowledge that you can take into your workplace, whether you are the director of simulation, an assistant program director, or clinical educator.

6. Have fun while learning!

This curriculum is designed to work for you! We all understand the demands placed on your time. We have small monthly projects as well as a longitudinal project that are designed to not only give you an opportunity to apply what you have learned, but also help you publish high-quality peer-reviewed education literature. The Faculty Incubator is a supportive, collaborative group that gives you back what you put in. In following with social constructivism theory, much of your growth will come from online discussion with your peers and mentors and subsequent application to your educational environment (Kolb’s learning cycle).


Who will you work with? Read about them below!

Incubator Leadership Team

Sara Krzyzaniak, MD
Co-Chair | Chief Operating Officer

Assistant Residency Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of EM at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

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
Co-Chair | Chief Academic Officer

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

Mike has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, is a peer-reviewer for 20 journals, Associate Editor for the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, and the 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
Co-Chair | Chief Strategic Officer
Assistant Professor in the Division of EM at McMaster University

Teresa’s interests include residency assessment, physician cognition & communication, and online teaching and learning. She serves on the ALiEM Board and was an Editor of the ALiEM MEdIC series. As her department’s Continuing Professional Development Director, she has written over 100 peer reviewed publications. She has been selected as a top reviewer for Academic Medicine twice, and serves on the editorial boards of 5 journals.

Our Core Mentors

Holly Caretta-Weyer, MD, MHPE
Alumni Mentor (Class of 2017-18, Alumni Mentor 2018-19)
Assistant Residency Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University
John Casey, DO, MA, FACEP
Alumni Mentor (Class of 2017-18, Alumni Mentor 2018-19)
Associate Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, Columbus Ohio
Robert Cooney, MD, MSMedEd, RDMS
Core Mentor (Core Mentor 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19)
Director of Faculty Development, Geisinger Medical Center; Clinical Assistant Professor, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Abra Fant, MD
Alumni Mentor (Class of 2016-17; Alumni Mentor 2017-18 and 2018-19)
Assistant Residency Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Northwestern University; Director of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, McGraw Medical Center of Northwestern University
Andrew King, MD
Core Mentor (Class of 2016-17; Alumni Mentor 2017-18, Core Mentor 2018-19)
Associate Residency Program Director, Medical Education Fellowship Director, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Anne Messman, MD
Core Mentor (Class of 2016-17; Alumni Mentor 2017-18, Core Mentor 2018-19)
Vice Chair for Education, Medical Education Fellowship Director, Sinai-Grace Hospital, Detroit; Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Antonia Quinn, DO
Core Mentor (Class of 2016-17; Alumni Mentor 2017-18, Core Mentor 2018-19)
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Associate Director of Clinical Skills, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Dan Robinson, MD
Core Mentor (Class of 2016-17; Alumni Mentor 2017-18, Core Mentor 2018-19)
Director of Simulation, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago

Our Alumni Mentors

Layla Abubshait, MD
Alumni Mentor (Class of 2018-19)
Assistant Professor, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Education Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Al-Qassimi Hospital
Christopher Fowler, DO
Alumni Mentor (Class of 2018-19)
Assistant Professor and EM Clerkship Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Geoffrey Jara-Almonte, MD
Alumni Mentor (Class of 2017-18)
Assistant Residency Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Elmhurst New York; Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Simiao Li-Sauerwine, MD, MS
Alumni Mentor (Class of 2018-19)
Assistant Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, The Ohio State University
Lexie Mannix, MD
Alumni Mentor (Class of 2018-19)
Assistant Residency Director, Assistant Clerkship Director, University of Florida – Jacksonville
Elissa Moore, DO
Alumni Mentor (Core Mentor 2018-19)
Assistant Professor and Clerkship Director for Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Toxicology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Sreeja Natesan, MD
Alumni Mentor (Class of 2017-18, Alumni Mentor 2018-19)
Assistant Residency Program Director, Assistant Professor, Duke University
Melissa Parsons, MD
Alumni Mentor (Class of 2018-19)
Assistant Professor, Assistant Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residency, University of Florida – Jacksonville
Benjamin H. Schnapp, MD, MEd
Alumni Mentor (Class of 2017-18, Alumni Mentor 2018-19)
Assistant Residency Program Director, Assistant Professor, BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Wisconsin
Christine Stehman, MD
Alumni Mentor (Class of 2018-19)
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

Our Guest Mentors

Felix Ankel, MD
Guest Mentor
Vice President and Executive Director of Health Professional Education, HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research; Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota
Dimitri Papanaganou, MD, EdD
Guest Mentor
Vice Chair-Education, Assistant Dean for Faculty Development; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University
Jonathan Sherbino, MD MEd
Guest Mentor
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, McMaster University; Clinician-Educator, The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada; Editor in Chief, International Clinician Educators Network (ICEnet) blog
Lainie Yarris, MD MCR
Guest Mentor
EM Residency Director, Co-Director of the EM Education Scholarship Fellowship, and Co-Director of the Department of EM Education Section; Associate Professor of EM at Oregon Health & Science University; Associate Editor for Academic Emergency Medicine and Deputy Editor for Journal of Graduate Medical Education
Chris Nickson, FCICM, FACEM, BSc(Hons), BHB, MBChB, MClinEpid(ClinTox), DipPaeds, DTM&H, GCertClinSim
Guest Mentor
Intensivist and Supervisor of Training, The Alfred ICU, Alfred Health, Melbourne, Australia; Innovation Lead, Australian Centre for Health Innovation, Alfred Health; Adjunct Lecturer, School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University; Convenor of the Critically Ill Airway course; Co-creator of FOAM projects: Lifeinthefastlane.comINTENSIVERAGE podcast, and SMACC

Again, the deadline for application is:

Thursday, January 31st at 5 pm Eastern Time Zone

Michael Gottlieb, MD, RDMS

Michael Gottlieb, MD, RDMS

Emergency Ultrasound Director
Rush University Medical Center
Chief Academic Officer
ALiEM Faculty Incubator