ALiEM Faculty IncubatorWe simply have been unable to contain our excitement!  You may have heard whispers on the internet, but we can now confirm that indeed, the rumors are true… The ALiEM Faculty Incubator will be accepting applications for next year’s class effective immediately! Applications are now open for the new 2017-18 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 6 reasons we are incredibly excited about this year’s version of the “Facubator”.

1. Last year’s class absolutely had a blast!

We aren’t even done with the 2016-2017 program, but this past year’s crew did some amazing work! They pulled together to accomplish some amazing things such as:

But don’t take our word for it… Take a look at what some of our 2016-2017 class members wrote about the experience from this year thus far:

Abra Berg, MD (Northwestern University): 

“The Facubator experience has been the most effective professional development I have received as an educator. The breadth of material covered is impressive, but it is all applied in a practical way that you can use immediately in your own shop. Networking with the next generation of medical educators has also been great and I have already published a blog and a manuscript through collaborations within the Facubator. I am already recommending to our graduating seniors going into academic positions that the Facubator is a must-do item within the first several years of their employment, both from a purely educational as well as collaborative productivity standpoint.”

Andrew King, MD (Ohio State University):

“The Facubator exposed me to a network of wonderful mentors and leaders within medical education which FAR exceeded my expectation. The opportunity to collaborate with these wonderful and productive colleagues has taken my career and my imprint within medical education to a whole new level. The mentorship received has been invaluable and I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Facubator!”

Sara Krzyzaniak, MD (UIC-Peoria):

“This program has filled a hole in my professional development. I was able to network with national leaders in the med ed world and learned a tremendous amount through the daily discussions. My knowledge of both classic and ground-breaking literature grew exponentially. I even was able to land a peer-reviewed publication, and I hope another will come from my longitudinal project! The leaders of the course did a great job creating a culture of mutual respect and familiarity. I never felt intimidated by the ‘big names’ brought into our discussions, and I felt instantly accepted into this larger family. I am looking forward to continuing my participation in this incubator by taking on the role of mentor next year!”

2. The Incubator C-Suiters are all returning.

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.

Leadership RoleBackground and Affiliation

Michael Gottlieb,
Co-Chair and Chief Operating Officer
Mike is the Ultrasound Director at Rush University Medical Center, as well as the Education Chair for the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Young Physicians Section. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications, is a peer-reviewer for 8 journals, Education Section Editor for the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, and the Editor-In-Chief for the ALiEM Board Review eBook. His academic interests include resident education with a focus on ultrasound and procedural applications.

Teresa Chan,
Co-Chair and Chief Academic Officer

Teresa is an Assistant Professor of Medicine within the division of Emergency Medicine at McMaster University. She has diverse interests ranging from residency assessment to physician communication to online teaching and learning. She serves on the ALiEM Board, and serves as an Associate Editor for the blog, in charge of the ALiEM MEdIC series.

She is the Continuing Professional Development Director, and works to develop faculty across her local region. She has published over 30 peer reviewed publications to date (many of which are in the area of digital online educational resources), as well as several electronic books via ALiEM Press. She is a founding editorial member of the new Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training journal.

Lainie Yarris, 

Co-Chair and Chief Strategic Officer

Lainie is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University and serves as Emergency Medicine Residency Director, Co-Director of the Emergency Medicine Education Scholarship Fellowship, and Co-Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine Education Section. She is an associate editor for Academic Emergency Medicine, and Deputy Editor for the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. She is Co-Director for Faculty Development in the OHSU School of Medicine, and is a member of OHSU’s Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency pilot team. She is the director of the Scholarship Pillar for the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Director’s Academy for Scholarship in Education, and Vice Chair of the CORD Medical Education Research Certificate Program. Her academic interests include education research methods, faculty development in education, feedback in medical education, and wellness in academic medicine.


3. Our Core Mentors

Mentoring educator-scholars to the next level in their academic careers requires a village. Our virtual community of practice is comprised of some of the who’s-who in leadership, education, and education scholarship. Some notable mentors include:

Felix Ankel, MDVice President and Executive Director of Health Professional Education, HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research; Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota
Megan Boysen Osborn, MDResidency Program Director and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of California Irvine
Robert Cooney, MD, MSMedEd, RDMSAssociate Program Director, Geisinger Medical Center; Clinical Assistant Professor, Temple University; Institute for Healthcare Improvement / Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (IHI/AIAMC) Fellow
Dimitri Papanaganou, MD, EdDVice Chair-Education, Assistant Dean for Faculty Development; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University
Jonathan Sherbino, MD, MEdAssociate Professor of Emergency Medicine, McMaster University;
Editor in Chief, International Clinician Educators Network (ICEnet) blog
 Brent Thoma, MD, MA, MSc, FRCPCResidency Program Director, University of Saskatchewan; Co-Founder, MedEdLIFE Research Collaborative; Editor-in-Chief,
Warren Wiechmann, MD, MBAAssistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine; Associate Dean, Clinical Science Education and Educational Technology; Fellowship Director – Multimedia, Design, Education & Technology (MDEdTech) Fellowship, Emergency Medicine; University of California at Irvine


4. Our Junior Mentors

This year we are excited to expand our community of practice to include an all-star cast of previous Faculty Incubator alumni who will come back as junior mentors! These faculty members have been incredibly successful this year, and will help show new 2017-18 members the path to academic success.

Abra Fant, MDAssistant Residency Director, Department of Emergency Medicine,
Northwestern University; Director of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, McGraw Medical Center of Northwestern University
Catherine Grossman, MD Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Andrew King, MDAssistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Residency Program Director, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Sara Krzyzaniak, MDAssistant Residency Program Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
Anne Messman, MDAssociate Residency Program Director, Sinai-Grace Hospital, Detroit; Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Antonia Quinn, DOAssistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Associate Director of Clinical Skills, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Dan Robinson, MDAssistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago
Christopher Sampson, MDAssociate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Associate Residency Program Director, University of Missouri-Columbia


5. A revamped curriculum that builds in relaxation time!

This next year, the Faculty Incubator experience will run a total of 11 months, with a mandatory 1 month “wellness” break in December. We will continue to focus on our curricular pillars, but will fold in high impact experiential tasks that will allow you to develop as a scholar:

  1. Reflective practice and the medical educator
  2. Theory to practice: Harnessing the power of education theories and taking them to the bedside
  3. Teaching: From the cyberspace to the bedside
  4. Competency-based medical education: Understanding the opportunities and problems
  5. Secrets of the scholar: Navigating the treacherous waters of educational scholarship


6. A chance to work with new people!

We have been BLOWN AWAY by the awesomeness of this year’s inaugural Faculty Incubator class, and quite frankly this only makes us even MORE excited to meet our next class. Last year, we could only optimistically imagine what 30 motivated faculty could do with dedicated mentors, but now we know… We are looking forward to building on this year’s foundational success by helping this next year’s class complete even more ambitious and creative small-group projects. Watch out, world… The Faculty Incubator 2017-2018 class is going to continue to astound and amaze! Who’s in?


Deadline for Applications:
Friday, February 3, 2017 at 5 pm EST

Go to the ALiEM Faculty Incubator home page to read additional details and instructions on how to apply.

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


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