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.

Gottlieb-CircleChief Operations Officer and Co-Chair
Michael Gottlieb, MD
Cook County Hospital / Rush Medical College


Chan-Circle Chief Academic Officer and Co-Chair
Teresa Chan, MD
McMaster University


YarrisBW-circle Chief Strategic Officer and Co-Chair
Lainie Yarris, MD MCR
Oregon Health & Sciences University


Adaira-Chou-circle Senior Advisor
Adaira Chou, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Joshi-ALiEM-Circle Senior Advisor
Nikita Joshi, MD
Stanford University


Senior Advisor
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:

Ankel Circle 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


Osborn-Circle sm Megan Boysen Osborn, MD
Residency Program Director and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine,
University of California Irvine



Rob-Cooney-circleRobert Cooney, MD MSMedEd RDMS
Associate Program Director, Geisinger Medical Center
Institute for Healthcare Improvement / Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers Fellow


Jonathan-Sherbino-circle 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


Swaminathan circle Anand Swaminathan, MD
Associate Residency Director Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine,
NYU/Bellevue Department of Emergency Medicine
Co-Creator and Faculty Reviewer, EMLyceum @EMSwami

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:

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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.
Post Its Design Workshop

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:

  1. Reflective practice and the medical educator
  2. Theory to practice: Harnessing the power of education theories
  3. Learning technologies
  4. Competency-based medical education: Opportunities versus traps
  5. 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.

Michael Gottlieb, MD, RDMS

Michael Gottlieb, MD, RDMS

Emergency Ultrasound Director
Rush University Medical Center
Chief Academic Officer
ALiEM Faculty Incubator
Teresa Chan, MD, MHPE
ALiEM Associate Editor
Emergency Physician, Hamilton
Associate Professor, McMaster University
Assistant Dean, Program for Faculty Development, McMaster University Ontario, Canada
Teresa Chan, MD, MHPE


ERDoc. #meded #FOAMed Own views expressed. Contributor to @ALiEMteam, @WeAreCanadiEM, ICE Blog, #FeminEM. @MedEdLIFE founder. Works @McMasterU & @HamHealthSci
Lalena Yarris, MD MCR

Lalena Yarris, MD MCR

Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Co-Director, Education Section, Department of Emergency Medicine
Residency Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine
Co-Director, Emergency Medicine Education Fellowship
Oregon Health Sciences University
Adaira Landry, MD, Ed.M

Adaira Landry, MD, Ed.M

Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency
Assistant Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Nikita Joshi, MD

Nikita Joshi, MD

ALiEM Chief People Officer and Associate Editor
Clinical Instructor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University
Nikita Joshi, MD


Emergency Medicine Doctor Associate Editor of ALiEM Gun Sense Advocate #FOAMed #Docs4GunSense #MomsDemandAction Tweets represent my own views and opinions