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ALiEM Faculty Incubator 2017-2018
Call for 2017-2018 Applications NOW CLOSED
This will reopen around December 2017.
Applications for the next year will be due approximately Feb 1, 2018.

The ALiEM Faculty Incubator is a year-long professional development program for educators, which enrolls members into a mentored digital community of practice. This small, 30-person, exclusive community will stoke the fires of creative engagement through collaboration and mentorship. We aim to strengthen your educational skills and produce tangible works of scholarship. Our goal is to construct a curriculum, delivered to you in a closed digital platform, and help you launch and accelerate your career development.

If you want to be a successful, scholarly leader in health professions education, we hope to work with you to acquire the skills and knowledge required to be a superstar educator in the 21st century.

What will you learn?

We have created an extensive curriculum built along an experiential model, based on Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle. There will be no assessments via quizzes or tests, but rather assessments via portfolio entries, reflections, journal club discussions, and group work.

The year-long curriculum will include advanced training in medical education and scholarship development. Each month, will address a different important topic, including direct access to nationally renowned leaders in the field, short-term and long-term projects, unique opportunities to speak at national conferences, book clubs, and journal clubs.

Curriculum Outline

Month Theme
May How to be Digital Clinician Educator (Digital Teams/Scholarship/Work-Life Integration)
June Educational Theory & Your Philosophy
July Break
August Closing the Gap between Theory & Practice Part 1 (Bedside Teaching, Personal MedEd Practice)
September Closing the Gap between Theory & Practice Part 2 (Fixing Problems, Consultation, Curriculum Design & “Educational Engineering”)
October Learning with Technologies
November Assessment / Competency Based Medical Education (CBME)
December Break
January Program Evaluation & Measuring your Impact
February  Study Design Tips & Tricks / Grants
March Improving Peer Review
April  Getting your work out there!

Goals of the Faculty Incubator

  1. To cultivate a virtual community of beyond-beginner medical educators
  2. To allow you to develop a professional network of collaborators and mentors
  3. To provide you with a strong foundation in education theory, educational research design, curriculum planning, and program evaluation.
  4. To guide you with training and experience in translating educational theory into practice
  5. To support and promote your tangible works of scholarship

Why limit the Faculty Incubator to just 30 members?

In order to ensure that each member gets personalized attention and is able to develop a true lifelong community of practice, it is important to limit the total membership. Members will be part of rotating project-based small groups, as well as have personal access to leaders in the field. A smaller membership size will also help ensure that every member is an active and engaged member of the community. We may expand in the future, but did not want to overextend our valuable mentors.

Perks? Yes, plenty of them.

  • Personal access to leaders in various medical and non-medical arenas
  • A well-designed, year-long curriculum designed by medical education experts
  • Mentored peer-reviewer opportunities for emergency medicine & medical education journals
  • Chances to help write for a special Western Journal of Emergency Medicine series
  • Opportunities to publish blog posts on ALiEM
  • Mentorship for your own personal scholarship projects
  • Networking alongside 29 other rising stars in medicine
  • Free socks… who doesn’t love free socks??

Some Accomplishments of our 2016-2017 Faculty Incubator Participants

  • Multiple publications for the Academic Primer Series in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
  • National speaking and scholarship opportunities, such as Grand Rounds opportunities including UC San Francisco, a speaker slot at the popular UCSF High Risk Emergency Medicine Conference
  • Authorship in the Education Theories Made Practical eBook (in press)

Incubator Launch Day (April 26, 2017)

Members will be enrolled in an exclusive Faculty Incubator Launch Day workshop. This workshop coincides with the day preceding the 2017 CORD Academic Assembly in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. We chose the CORD AA since this is the foremost conference for EM educator-scholars.

Unlike many traditional workshops, we will make sure that this day is super high-yield. Our plan is to create an interactive and amazing experience that helps you bond with the mentors and your fellow Faculty Incubator participants. During this day you will even start to create plans for the year-long projects you will be working on!

Our platform: 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 major companies (including eBay, the Wall Street Journal, and even NASA). It has also served as the successful platform for our other high-profile community, the Chief Resident Incubator. It has been described as “team communication for the 21st century” and efficiently transforms how teams work. This will be how we will be communicating, sharing, and working together in a private Faculty Incubator account.

Incubator Leadership Team

Leadership Role Background 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 the inaugural CJEM Social Media Editor, and has previously served as an e-editor intern for the Clinical Teacher/Medical Education journals. Recently she was selected as a top reviewer for the journal Academic Medicine.

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.

Our Core Mentors

Mentor Affiliation
Felix Ankel, MD Vice President and Executive Director of Health Professional Education, 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; Clinical Assistant Professor, Temple University; Institute for Healthcare Improvement / Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (IHI/AIAMC) Fellow
Dimitri Papanaganou, MD, EdD Vice Chair-Education, Assistant Dean for Faculty Development; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University
Jonathan Sherbino, MD, MEd 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
 Brent Thoma, MD, MA, MSc, FRCPC Residency Program Director, University of Saskatchewan; Co-Founder, MedEdLIFE Research Collaborative; Editor-in-Chief,
Warren Wiechmann, MD, MBA Assistant 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

Our “Rising Superstar” Junior Mentors

Mentor Affiliation
Abra Fant, MD Assistant 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, MD Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Residency Program Director, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Sara Krzyzaniak, MD Assistant Residency Program Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
Anne Messman, MD Associate Residency Program Director, Sinai-Grace Hospital, Detroit; Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Antonia Quinn, DO Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Associate Director of Clinical Skills, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Dan Robinson, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago
Christopher Sampson, MD Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Associate Residency Program Director, University of Missouri-Columbia

Membership Cost

The cost for this year-long program is $1,500 per person. Scholarships may be available if the applicant demonstrates significant need. Compare this to other faculty development courses:

  • ACEP Teaching Fellowship ($1,615) for 11 days
  • The Teaching Course ($1500) for 3-4 days
  • Harvard Macy Institute for Educators in Health Professions ($5,800) for 14 days


Preference will be given the following applicants:

  1. Available and will attend the Faculty Incubator Launch Day on April 26, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on the day preceding the CORD Academic Assembly Conference.
  2. Have previously participated in national (or institutional) faculty development courses, which include the ACEP Teaching Fellowship, The Teaching Course, Medical Education Research Certification courses, or longitudinal institutional courses. Individuals who have demonstrated early leadership in education within their institution (e.g. Clerkship coordinator or Assistant Program Director) will be exempt from this prerequisite, but must explain this in their application.

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Application Process

In order to apply for the 2017-2018 cohort, the following materials should be submitted in the embedded form below:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae (with Educator’s Portfolio, if available): This should outline specifically all the formal training and previous experiences in medical or health professions education.
  • Letter of interest – Share with us why you are interested in our Faculty Incubator program. Describe prior experiential and formal training in education and how they have/will contribute to the community. Also share with us how you envision the program helping you achieve your career goals. (Do not exceed 3 pages)
  • Letter of Support Form completed by Section Chief, Academic Chair, or Dean/Vice-Dean – The letter of support template should be downloaded HERE.  Please relabel this letter with your name and the words “ChairSupportLetter” (e.g. Chan_Teresa-ChairSupportLetter.docx) before uploading. You may upload as a Word Document or PDF.
  • Letter for special consideration (optional) – Please include this, if you feel you qualify for need-based financial assistance (do not exceed 500 words).

Application Deadline

Friday, February 3, 2017 at 5 pm EST

Ready to Submit Your Application?

The application system for 2017-2018 Faculty Incubator is now closed.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I be a non-emergency medicine faculty member and still apply?

Absolutely! Diversity of backgrounds will be key in the success of the incubator. Our shared experiences will make the collaborations more rich. One of our returning junior mentors is a critical care physician!

2. Why are we launching at the CORD Academy Assembly 2017 conference?

We feel that the CORD’s Academic Assembly is an ideal networking venue for members interested in education scholarship. Our Incubator leadership team will be attending, as well as many of our mentors. Furthermore, most residency program directors and clerkship directors, as well as established education scholars, attend this annual event.

3. Why build this Incubator? Aren’t there enough faculty development opportunities already?

We have found that junior faculty, who have attended various faculty development courses and workshops, acquire the foundational theoretical knowledge to launch their educator-scholar careers. However, there are very limited opportunities for longitudinal mentorship, especially outside of their own institution. In the digital age, we have recruited an international panel of mentors and experts in the field to take you to the next level — applying your knowledge towards actual projects and publications. This Incubator directly aligns with the December 2015 JGME publication advocating for more online faculty development opportunities [free PDF].

4. How much protected time is necessary to ensure a proper level of engagement? 

The more time you have to put into the Faculty Incubator, the more you will get out of it. That being said, we would recommend setting aside a minimum of 8 hours per month, though this may vary by person based upon previous training, technological proficiency, etc.

5. I am graduating from a fellowship in June 2017. Can I still apply even though the Faculty Incubator technically starts in May 2017? 

Absolutely! If you are unable to get a letter from your new faculty job’s Chair/Dean, please send in your Fellowship Director’s letter of support, attesting to your potential in academia and especially education scholarship.

Have questions? Feel free to contact us!