ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator 2016-17 2017-03-10T14:57:58+00:00

ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator 2015-16

What is the Incubator?

The ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator provides a virtual online community to foster leadership and innovative skills for emergency medicine chief residents featuring educational giants within the specialty as mentors. The curriculum content is structured around a closed digital platform that will engage members to help launch and accelerate career development during their final academic year. This exclusive, chief-resident only, year-long virtual community will stoke the fires of creative engagement through collaboration and mentorship.

Mission Statement

The Chief Resident Incubator is a virtual community of practice and scholarship that addresses the unique educational and professional needs of chief residents.

Exclusive Partner

We are thrilled to partner with EBSCO Health / DynaMed Plus who are providing an unrestricted educational grant to support the mentorship and education of our future leaders in Emergency Medicine.

Incubator Leadership Team

Adaira Chou,

Co-Chair and
Chief Operations Officer
Adaira is an Emergency Medicine Chief Resident at New York University and Bellevue Hospital Center (2015-16). She is also an editor at In July 2015, she will be transitioning to an Ultrasound Fellowship and obtaining a Masters of Education at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Michael Gisondi,

Co-Chair and
Chief Strategy Officer
Mike is the Director of the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators, Residency Program Director, EM Medical Education Fellowship Director, and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Northwestern University. Many ALiEM fans may know him from the extremely popular EM Match Advice video series for medical students.

Nikita Joshi,

Advisory Board
ALiEM Fellowship Director
Nikita is the Founder of the Stanford Research and Education in Digital Innovation (REDi Center) and Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. She is also an Associate Editor at ALiEM, running the Bookclub series.

Michelle Lin,

Advisory Board
ALiEM Editor-in-Chief
Michelle is an Endowed Chair for EM Education and Associate Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a previous Associate Program Director. She is also a featured podcaster on EM:RAP (LIN Sessions) and EM Abstracts.

As a Chief Resident, why should I join?

Goals of Incubator

  • Foster a strong community to optimize the chief resident year
  • Deliver a high quality, deliberately designed educational curriculum for chief residents
  • Host virtual meetings focused on important components of the chief resident year including roles and expectations, administrative responsibilities, as well as academic and career development
  • Provide virtual mentors who engage in thought provoking discussions about issues that commonly arise while being chief residents

Which programs have Chief Residents in the Incubator?

Can I get a sneak peek at the curriculum?

Each month, the Incubator will offer direct access to a nationally-renowned medical educator who will lead a rich discussion of an aspect of our curriculum. The ALiEM team was incredibly selective in our invitations to high quality mentors for each month. Below is a preview of June’s topics:


June 2015: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
Anand Swaminathan, MD

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine,
Associate Residency Director at the NYU/Bellevue Emergency Department;
Co-Creator and Faculty Reviewer,
Congratulations, you have been selected Chief Resident. Your peers view you as a respected voice for resident concerns – they have placed their trust in you to create a fair workplace environment and an equitable distribution of work hours, shifts, and opportunities. Your residency leadership now views you as a junior faculty member who can message administrative concerns and ensure compliance with institutional and ACGME/RRC expectations.

Everyone is your friend, right? Or no one is your friend? How can you make an impact that betters the program you love? What will be your legacy? How will you be remembered? This month, Dr. Swaminathan will explore the multiple roles of chief residents and provide his advice to overcoming the challenges of conflicting expectations.

Week 1: Concept of the Month “The Servant-Leader”
Week 2: Practical Skills Training & Resident Meetings
Week 3: Consistency and Fairness & Avoiding Favorites
Week 4: Chief Residents’ Choice Mystery Topic!

Featured Virtual Mentors

We were incredibly selective in inviting quality mentors for each month. We are excited to confirm the following month-long virtual mentors:

James Adams, MD

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Sr. Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Northwestern Memorial Healthcare Corporation

Chair and Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Ankel, MD

Healthpartners Institute / Regions Hospital @FelixAnkel
Vice President and Executive Director of Health Professional Education, HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota

Diane Birnbaumer, MD

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Emeritus Professor of Emergency Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Senior Clinical Educator, Department of Emergency Medicine

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Christopher Doty, MD

University of Kentucky
Residency Program Director

Vice Chair of Education

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Kentucky

Christian Fox, MD

University of California, Irvine
Director of Instructional Ultrasound

Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

Laleh Gharahbaghian, MD

Stanford University
Director of Emergency Ultrasound

Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director

Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Vicki Noble, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital
Director of the Division of Emergency Ultrasound, Massachusetts General Hospital

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Jeff Riddell, MD

University of Washington
Medical Education Research Fellow, University of Washington

ALiEM Assistant Editor, Diagnose on Sight series

Rob Rogers, MD

University of Kentucky

Course Director, The Teaching Course

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland

Tracy Sanson, MD

University of South Florida
Education Director for Emergency Medicine Residency

Director of Division of Global Emergency Medical Sciences

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of South Florida

Michael Stone, MD

Brigham & Women's Hospital
Division Chief, Emergency Ultrasound Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard University

Anand Swaminathan, MD

NYU / Bellevue Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Associate Residency Director, NYU/Bellevue Department of Emergency Medicine

Co-Creator and Faculty Reviewer,

Perk: Win a trip to The Teaching Course (Nov 10-13, 2015)

In collaboration with Dr. Rob Rogers (@EM_Educator), we are excited to offer one lucky Chief Resident in the Incubator a trip to The Teaching Course. This is a 4-day intensive course on medical education, social media, and digital media. Flight, hotel, and a $1000 registration will be paid for. In 2015, this will be held in New York City near Bellevue Hospital.

Goodbye boring listserv. Welcome Slack!

Slack-iconSlack, 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 technology companies. It has been described as “team communication for the 21 century” and efficiently transforms how teams work. Part of its functionality is that it is very mobile-device friendly. Participation in Slack itself will be the CRs’ first lesson in excelling in the new academic world of digital media and virtual collaborations. Instead of an email listserv, the CRs will be communicating, sharing, and working together in a private Incubator account.

Membership Cost


We are charging the residency program only $200 per chief resident for the whole year. That is less than $17 per month. While we would love to host this for free, we need to charge for this year-long mentorship program for many reasons:

  1. Providing a quality longitudinal mentorship experience especially in a virtual arena requires a tremendous amount of time, resources, and commitment on behalf of the Incubator leadership team and ALiEM Editorial Board. We are not building a one-day event but rather a true ongoing virtual community of practice.
  2. We are hosting an invite-only Chief Resident Incubator Kick Off event at the 2015 SAEM meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2015 in San Diego, CA to launch the 2015-16 academic year.
  3. The ALiEM team has extensive experience in mentorship and being academically successful using social media and digital technologies. We plan to extend these resources, opportunities, and networks with the chief residents.


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