There is a great need for faculty development, also known as professional development, in medicine and more specifically medical education. A recent JGME publication advocates for more online opportunities for faculty to join digital communities of practice and communities of inquiry to harness the power of experts and mentors worldwide [free PDF]. With our recent successes with the Chief Resident Incubator, which includes over 170 EM chief residents in North America, it was only a natural evolution for us to build a faculty-based incubator.
Thus we are proud and excited to announce that applications are now open for the new 2016-17 ALiEM Faculty Incubator for educator-scholars ready to take their careers to the next level — from theory to application. Applications are open NOW. Here are the top 5 reasons we are incredibly excited about this collaborative opportunity in education scholarship.
1. The Scholarly Six: Incubator C-Suiters and Advisors
We have learned in our careers that one’s success is directly tied to those with whom you collaborate. That is why our leadership team is comprised of leaders in the field of emergency medicine and education, who already have a track record for working well together on virtual teams.
Chief Operations Officer and Co-Chair
Michael Gottlieb, MD
Cook County Hospital / Rush Medical College
Chief Academic Officer and Co-Chair
Teresa Chan, MD
Chief Strategic Officer and Co-Chair
Lainie Yarris, MD MCR
Oregon Health & Sciences University
Adaira Chou, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Nikita Joshi, MD
Michelle Lin, MD
University of California San Francisco
2. An All-Star Cast of Year-Long Core Mentors
Mentoring educator-scholars to the next level in their academic careers requires a village. Our village is comprised of some of the who’s-who in leadership, education, and education scholarship. Some notable mentors include:
Felix Ankel, MD
Vice President and Executive Director of Health Professional Education at the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research
Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota
Megan Boysen Osborn, MD
Residency Program Director and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine,
University of California Irvine
Robert Cooney, MD MSMedEd RDMS
Associate Program Director, Geisinger Medical Center
Institute for Healthcare Improvement / Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers Fellow
Jonathan Sherbino, MD, MEd, FRCPC, FAcadMEd
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
3. The magic of virtual communities of practice
Only half-way through our ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator, we have already witnessed the power of when talented, motivated people network together on a national level. They just needed a community to co-create knowledge and a platform (i.e. the ALiEM blog website) to disseminate their works. Here are some examples of the CR Incubator’s completed works and works-in-progress:
- ALiEM blog post on “Dear Residents: 10 Things Your Chiefs Want You To Know” which was had over 4,000 reads worldwide.
- ALiEM blog post on “5 Scheduling Software Options in the Emergency Department: An In-Depth Review“
- ALiEM AIR-Pro Series
- A free Board Review Test Questions e-book
- An orthopedics cheat-sheet card on upper and lower extremity fracture management
- Curation list of the best EM ultrasound resources online for medical education
- An EM journal club reading list
Imagine now what 30 motivated faculty could do with dedicated mentors, identified small-group projects, and a customized curriculum teamed up with ALiEM blog team support. Watch out, world.
4. The design-centered Faculty Incubator Launch event
Building a digital community of practice is a challenging task no matter the purpose or field. Virtual team members form a tighter and more trusting community with periodic in-person, live activity events. Thus we have recruited design strategists, experienced in building such communities to launch the Incubator. Specifically our Faculty Incubator Launch Day will be on March 5, 2016 in Nashville, TN immediately preceding the 2016 CORD Academic Assembly. Unlike many traditional workshops, we have modeled the day using a rapid-fire design thinking approach. This will maximize the impact of our in-person time together. Using human-centered design methods and tools, we will help members assess their career needs, obstacles, and trajectory with the help of Think Mobius, a design thinking consultancy. Think Mobius founder and design strategist, Emilie Wagner, and Dr. Alexei Wagner, an emergency physician at Stanford, will help lead the workshop. Emilie has worked with numerous large companies including Google and Capital One. Together they co-teach a class at Stanford’s Design School focused on redesigning the patient experience.
5. The curricular pillars
There are 5 major pillars in the curriculum, which will be customized to the Incubator members’ needs. Within each pillar, small-group scholarship projects will be completed. The pillars are as follows:
- Reflective practice and the medical educator
- Theory to practice: Harnessing the power of education theories
- Learning technologies
- Competency-based medical education: Opportunities versus traps
- Secrets of the scholar: Navigating the treacherous waters of educational scholarship
Deadline for Applications:
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 5 pm EST
Go to the ALiEM Faculty Incubator home page to read additional details and instructions on how to apply.