ALiEM Fellowship Incubator 2017-03-14T09:04:12+00:00


ALiEM Fellowship Incubator

What is the Fellowship Incubator?

The Fellowship Incubator (or Fincubator for short!) is one of ALiEM’s newest endeavors, an online virtual community created specifically for Emergency Medicine Fellows, with the goals of promoting Mentorship, Scholarship, and Innovation.

Longitudinal Mentorship
Each month, a new Pair of Virtual Mentors will teach and mentor Fellows through an innovative curriculum of “Stuff I Wish I Had Learned in Fellowship”. Plus we’ll have additional year-long mentors in every single subspecialty, guiding you through the year.
Unparalleled Innovation
The Fincubator is a network of motivated and engaged Fellows in Emergency Medicine, ready to become leaders in Emergency Medicine. It broadens horizons by providing opportunities and networking outside the bubble of a single institution.
Collaborative Scholarship
The Fincubator brings together Fellows in Emergency Medicine from every subspecialty, creating scholarship networks within subspecialties as well as allowing Fellows to cross-pollinate ideas with Fellows outside of their own disciplines.

As a Fellow, why should I join?

Who else will be there?

This year we welcome fellows from around the world in the following disciplines…


What Will I learn?

Over the course of the program, we’ll be covering a ton of topics applicable to all Fellows, regardless of their subspecialty.

June The Politics of Joining a New Institution
July Getting started with Scholarship
August Creating your own “Personal Board of Directors”
September Being a Mentee and Becoming a Mentor
October Branding Yourself and Establishing Your Niche
November Beyond MD: Non-Traditional Careers
December Demonstrating the Value of Your Scholarship
January The Secret Power of Networking
February Faculty Development: What is it? Why do you need it?
March Clinical Education Tricks-of-the-Trade
April How to be Efficient, Organized, and Well
May Welcoming Next Year’s Fellows

Incubator Leadership Team


Paetow, MD

Chief Operations Officer Hennepin County @GlennPaetowMD
Glenn is an Emergency Medicine Chief Resident at Hennepin County (2015-16) and an editor at and In July 2016, he will be transitioning to a Medical Education and Simulation Fellowship Fellowship at Hennepin.


Chief Scholarship Officer Univ. of Washington @Jeff_Riddell
Jeff is a Medical Education Research Fellow at the University of Washington, an ALiEM contributor, and scholar of digital technology in medical education.

Gisondi, MD

Chief Strategy Officer Northwestern
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.

Incubator Advisory Board

Chou, MD

Senior Advisor
and Women's
Adaira is a former EM chief resident at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center who is now getting a Masters in Education at Harvard and Ultrasound fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Furthermore, she is also the Chief Operations Officer for the 2015-16 inaugural ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator. She has interests in lecturing, curriculum design, and ultrasound.

Joshi, MD

Senior Advisor
Nikita is the 2016-17 ALiEM Chief Resident Incubator’s Chief Strategic Officer, but her involvement with major ALiEM organizational projects have spanned back to 2012 which includes being fellowship director to many of ALiEM’s Social Media and Digital Scholarship Fellowships and associate editor for the ALiEM Book Club series. She is also the Assistant Medical Student Clerkship Director at Stanford.

Lin, MD

Senior Advisor &
ALiEM Editor in Chief
UC San Francisco
Michelle is an Academy Endowed Chair for EM Education and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. She launched ALiEM in 2009 and excited to see how the group has grown a beyond a blog and into an innovation organization focusing on health professions education, digital communities of practice, and mentorship.

Featured Virtual Mentor Duos

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

Dara Kass, MD

Dara completed her residency training at SUNY Downstate/ Kings County Hospital and is currently the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education at NYU/ Bellevue Hospital. She is active in both the Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and the American Association of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Her academic passions are student education and achieving a sense of work/life balance. She is the Editor-in-Chief at

Teresa Smith, MD

Kings County
Teresa is the Residency Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate/ Kings County Hospital. Her interests include adult education, particularly focusing on themes of Teaching the Teacher and innovative ways to provide medical education.

Victoria Brazil, MD

Bond University
Victoria is an Emergency Physician at Gold Coast Emergency Department and an Associate Professor and Lead for Clinical Skills and Simulation at Bond University. She is a master educator and known for her brilliant public speaking and presentation skills as well as the use of technology in education.

Louise Cullen, MD

Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
Louise is a Senior Staff Specialist at the Department of Emergency Medicine, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and another master educator.  She researches acute disease and health systems, more recently focusing on accelerated diagnostic protocols in chest pain.

Rob Rogers, MD

University of Kentucky
Rob is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Vice Chair for Faculty Development at the University of Kentucky. He is the Director of The Teaching course, a co-creator of the iTeachEM educational blog and podcast and co-founder of The Teaching Institute. Rob’s vision for medical education is to promote the idea that better educators lead to better patient care, flipping the world of medical education to help others realize their potential of being leaders and innovators in teaching.

Salim Rezaie, MD

University of Texas San Antonio
Salim is an Assistant Program Director of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). He is also the founder and creator of REBEL EM and REBELCast,as well as a Course Director for he Teaching Course. Salim is hoping to revolutionize the world of medical education with innovative ideas that help other medical educators think outside the box.

Laleh Gharahbagian, MD

Laleh is a Clinical Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine and the Co-Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Stanford. She is the creator of

Resa Lewiss, MD

University of Colorado Hospital
Resa is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver and loves ultrasound as it relates to education, global health, simulation and national policy. She is the past President of the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound at SAEM, a founding member of WINFOCUS, the chair elect for ACEP’s Ultrasound Section, and a board member of PURE, Point-of-care Ultrasound in Resource-limited Environments.

Ernie Wang, MD

University of Chicago
Ernie is the Assistant Dean for Medical Education at NorthShore University HealthSystem and a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago. His medical interests include medical simulation and bringing humanity and humor back to medicine.

Michelle Sergel, MD

Rush Medical College
Michelle is the Assistant Program Director at Cook County Health and Hospitals System and the  Director of the Emergency Medicine Simulation Lab and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at  Rush Medical College.

Simon Carley, MD

Manchester Metropolitan Hospital @EMManchester
Simon is an Emergency physician at Manchester Metropolitan University with a passion for research and education. He strongly supports Meducation and #FOAMed. He co-developed BestBets, the virtual hospital at StEmlyns and

Natalie May, MD

Sydney HEMS
Natalie is an Emergency Physician with speciality training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, currently working for Sydney HEMS. She has numerous interests including medical education, leadership and emergency pediatrics and also blogs at and

And Many More...

More surprise pairs of mentors to be announced later!

...To Be Announced!

More surprise pairs of mentors to be announced later!

Perks? Yep, lots of ’em.

  • Fellowship Networking Social Events at SAEM and ACEP 2016
  • Grand Rounds Speaking Opportunities
  • Team-Based Innovation Competitions
  • Publication Opportunities
  • Lots of free give-aways over the 12 month program
  • and last but not least…

In collaboration with Rob Rogers MD, we are excited to offer one lucky Fellow a trip to The Teaching Course this year! This is a 3-day intensive course on medical education, social media, technology and digital design. The 2016 Teaching Course will be in New York City, from November 14th to the 16th.

Exclusive Partner: Call9

We are thrilled to partner with Call9 who are providing an unrestricted educational grant to support the mentorship and education of our future leaders in Emergency Medicine

Goodbye boring listserv. Welcome Slack!

Slack, 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 Fellows’ first lesson in excelling in the new academic world of digital media and virtual collaborations. Instead of an email listserv, the Fellows will be communicating, sharing, and working together in a private Incubator account.

Membership Cost

Enrollment fee is $200 for the whole year for each Fellow. 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 Fellowship 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 Fellowship Incubator Launch event at the 2016 SAEM Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2016, to launch the 2016-17 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 Fellows.

How do I apply?

Sorry! The 2016-2017 Fincubator session is coming to a close and is no longer accepting applications.


  • Application Form
  • Letter of Intent
  • Updated CV
  • Letter of Acceptance to an Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program
  • To help us tailor your Incubator experience best, we would like to know:
    1. What are you most nervous about as you begin your fellowship?
    2. Any projects that you are planning on starting this year.
    3. What other medical interests do you have outside of your own Fellowship?
    4. Tells us about one big idea you’ve been thinking about that could only be done by coordinating with every other Fellow in your subspecialty”


Who can apply?
What if I'm a part of a multi-year fellowship? What if I'm starting my second or third year?
Do I need to know how to Tweet? How to use Slack? How to use Google Hangout?