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ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator 2018-192018-07-25T14:10:03+00:00


Chief Resident Incubator 2018-19

Enrollment opens April 2, 2018
Twitter: @ALiEMCRinc

What is the ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator?

The 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.

Special thanks to EBSCO Health/DynaMed Plus for being our exclusive sponsors and investing in the accelerated development of our future leaders in Emergency Medicine.

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.

Incubator Leadership Team

Tanner Gronowski, DO
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Tanner was a previous CRincubator and Wellness Think Tank Champion and was an EM Chief Resident at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, OH. He is currently working as a travel physician while filling his free time with educational opportunities and his podcast EM Over Easy.
Rob Cooney, MD, MSMedEd, RDMS
Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)
Rob has been a Core Mentor for the ALiEM Faculty Incubator for the past several years. He also serves as the EM Residency Program Director at Geisinger Medical Center, is an Clinical Assistant Professor at Temple University, and a Fellow for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement / Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (IHI/AIAMC).

Legacy and Senior Advisors

Fareen Zaver, MD
Legacy Advisor, COO 2017-18
Fareen was the Chief Operating Officer of the CRincubator in 2017-2018, was the Lead Editor/Founder of the ALiEM Approved Instructional Resources – Professional (AIR-Pro) series, and was an EM Chief Resident at George Washington University. She is currently faculty at the University of Calgary’s emergency department.
Maggie Sheehy, MD
Legacy Advisor, COO 2016-17
Maggie was the 2016-17 Chief Operating Officer of the CRincubator. She is a Global Health Leadership Fellow and obtaining a Masters of Public Health at Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital.
Adaira Chou, MD
Legacy Advisor, COO 2015-16
Adaira was the 2015-16 Chief Operating Officer of the CRincubator and currently the ALiEM Chief Administrative Officer. She was an EM Chief Resident at NYU-Bellevue Hospital Center, completed an ultrasound fellowship and Masters of Education, and is currently the Assistant Program Director at the the Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Affiliated EM Residency Program.
Michelle Lin, MD
Senior Advisor / ALiEM Founder
Michelle is a Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), a previous Associate Program Director, featured podcaster on EM:RAP (LIN Sessions), and a champion of all creative, world-domination ideas in medical education.

What things do we have planned for 2018-19?

First and foremost, this year is about giving Chief Residents all they need and more. We are trying to add and expand on what the CRincubator has offered in years past, maintaining the revolutionary resource we have become while also expanding to areas untouched in the past. If you want the single best resource for a Chief Resident, this is your stop!

1. Mentors

Over the last 3 years we have had an all-star mentorship experiences. Through online Slack interactions, in person mixer meet ups, and on live Google Hangouts our Chief Residents have had exposure to experiences like non-other. They will help you dive into conflict resolution, build your own stellar CV, and through a variety of opinions and practices will make you the best Chief Resident your program can ask for. In the second half of the year, we will refocus your mindset towards developing a niche, planning for life after residency, and working towards faculty development or excelling in the community environment. Between exclusive content and new opportunities, you will have all you need to take your Chief Resident year to the next level.

2. Core Champions

Think of CRincubator Champions like a big brother or sister, but less annoying. They just finished being chiefs, they know what you are about to go through, and are there to help you survive. We are bringing back some veteran Champions as well as adding to the roster some new star Chief Residents from last year to be Core Champions. Their role will be to give you a direct link to someone who literally just completed the fire and brimstone of chief year, and to help provide you with a more customized, near-peer mentorship experience. Additionally they will help jump start discussions on core areas, such as resident wellness, conferences, and mentorship.

Champions and where they were Chief Residents:

  • Rosny Daniel, MD (UCSF-SFGH)
  • Will Denq, MD (George Washington University)
  • Gretchen Fuller, MD (UCSF-SFGH)
  • Max Hockstein, MD (UT Southwestern)
  • Liang Liu, MD (UT Southerwestern)
  • Matt Melamed, MD (New York Methodist Hospital)
  • Sara Pope, MD (UH Regional)
  • Shana Ross, DO MPHE (University of Illinois Chicago)
  • Katie Wells, MD MPH (Utah)

3. Publications and Educational Initiatives

We loved seeing how much the Chief Residents wanted to publish over the course of the past few years. Not only is it incredible how much they accomplish on the ground at their own programs, but they contribute to the knowledge base nationally at the same time. Having like-minded people and resources of ALiEM at hand, you can expect to accomplish anything you want if you have the desire. We are excited to work on even more opportunities for Chief Residents to publish together and produce more educational content. We launched multiple great initiatives, including a free residency In-Service Training Exam prep book (now with 2nd edition already!) and the Wellness Think Tank. Also the Chief Residents were eligible to publish on the ALiEM blog site, where each post typically received potentially thousands of views each. Take a look at a small slice of what we’ve published over the past few years on ALiEM!

  1. ALiEMU AIR-Pro Series
  2. In-Training Exam iBook (free) and on ALiEMU
  3. ALiEM blog content

4. Updated Custom Curriculum

Based on member feedback from the previous years of the CRincubator, we are constantly trying to tweak and adjust our curriculum to fit YOU. Early in the year we will be focusing on skill sets and concepts that will make you a better chief, and then as the year continues gradually adjust to more personal development. As Chief Residents you often are tasked with helping others and fixing issues, putting your personal development on the back burner. Don’t let that happen and follow along with us to continue advancing the professional you!

5. Private Sub-Groups

We are launching a new initiative this year to help break things down even more so that you get focused information and help on your passions. At the start of the year you will be placed in a special private group (of your choosing!) that caters to what your passion really is. Whether you are a budding education guru, future administrator, or the lovable wellness spreader, we have a spot for you. Trust us, you do not want to miss out with this focused group and the potential it can bring.

6. Live VIP Invite-Only Networking Events

This year, we plan to have 3 VIP, invite-only networking mixers at CORD’s, SAEM’s, and ACEP’s 2018 national meetings. Think of it as drinks, food, and rubbing elbows with surprise emergency medicine celebrity guests… for free. This is a celebration that only Chief Residents that are part of the CRincubator can attend, and you don’t want to miss out. This is a unique event to meet other Chief Residents from around the country face-to-face and network with leaders in an exclusive setting.

We will have 3 opportunities to meet up live, so make sure to put these on your calendar now!

  • CORD – April 22, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas
  • SAEM – May 17, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • ACEP – October (Date TBA) in San Diego, California

We can not wait for you to see who our surprise VIP guests are!

ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator networking event at ACEP 2017 in Washington D.C.

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7. Ask Questions Anonymously

Have a difficult program director or resident interaction that you don’t want to be identified to your specific program? Although the Incubator is a “safe” environment because it is a closed (non-public) community, we have an area for Chief Residents to ask their questions anonymously to the membership and mentors. This allows for those really tough questions to be asked without judgement or concern for repercussions. This has been a popular feature of our community and often spurs great ideas and conversation that many people learn from.

8. Visiting Chief Resident Grand Rounds competition

If you are itching to get on the lecture circuit, why not get your feet wet doing a visiting Grand Rounds at another program around the country?! We have hosted exclusive opportunities (including travel and one night stay!) to visit other residencies to lecture. If your lecture topic is chosen, not only will you get to present your topic, but mentors of the CRincubator will help you develop and improve your talk before you deliver it, ensuring a stupendous performance. Previous years chief residents have lectured at hospitals such as these below:

  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • New York University
  • Northwestern
  • University of California San Francisco
  • University of Illinois Chicago

Which residency programs have Chief Residents enrolled in the Incubator thus far in 2018-19?

9. Featured Virtual Mentors

In the past, we have been incredibly selective in who we invite as mentors to meet our curricular goals. Based on your feedback and our programmatic goal to continuously improve, we are constantly adjusting who we invite on to fit the needs of the group. We will be inviting the majority of our mentors based on YOUR needs and requests. Have a topic or person you want to hear from? Let us know!

Take a listen to a few highlights from our who’s who of mentors in the Chief Resident Incubator podcast collection on our ALiEM Soundcloud account.

10. 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 3 invite-only Chief Resident Incubator Events throughout the 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.

(You will need each Chief Resident’s name, his/her non-institutional email address, the program director name, his/her email, program’s snail mail address, and credit card information.)

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