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Welcome to the 2021-22 Faculty Incubator Class! 

Nick Ashenburg MD
Stanford University
Matthew Baluzy DO
Loyola University Medical Center
Caitlin Bonney MD
Maine Medical Center
Ryan Brandt, MD
University of Florida – Jacksonville
Angela Chen, MD
The Mount Sinai Hospital
Jennifer Kanapicki Comer, MD, MS
Stanford University
Kylie Conroy, DO
Riverside Regional Medical Center
Raquel Pereira Correia, MD
SOS Medecins and Université de Paris
Megan Courtley, MD
Detroit Medical Center/Sinai-Grace
Beth D’Amico, MD
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Suchismita Datta, MD
NYU Langone Long Island
Rodney Fullmer, DO, MBS
Swedish Hospital, NorthShore University Health System
Margaret Godorich, MD
University of Massachusetts – Baystate & University of Missouri
Tom Grawey, DO
Medical College of Wisconsin
Travis Hase, MD
Advocate Christ Medical Center
Johanna Innes, MD
Erie County Medical Center
Maram Jaboua, MBBS
King Abdallah Medical City Makkah
John Kiel, DO, MPH
UF Health Jacksonville
Venkat Kotamraju, MBBS
Royal Derby Hospital (Univ. Hospital of Derby/Burton NHS Foundation Trust)
Ross Littauer, MD
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
Kyle Martin, DO, MPH, DTM&HKent Hospital
Andrew Mastanduono, MD
South Shore University Hospital – Northwell Health
Brian Milman, MD
University of Oklahoma
Caroline Molins, MD, MSMEdAdventHealth
Hillary Moss, MD
Montefiore Hospital
Bridget Onders, MD
OhioHealth Doctors Hospital
Anant Patel, DO
John Peter Smith Health Network
Elspeth Pearce, MD
University of Kansas Health Systems
Marco Propersi, DO
Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center
Lauren Querin, MD, MS
University of North Carolina
Jesus Seda, MD
Kendall Regional Medical Center
Maurice Selby, MD
Emory University School of Medicine and Grady Memorial Hospital
Tiffany Sigal, MD
University Medical Center/Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center
Julia Todd, DO
Einstein Medical Center
Peter Tomaselli, MD
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Jimmy Truong DO, MS
New York Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center
Justina Truong, DO
Kingman Regional Medical Center
Kristen Whitworth, DO
Spectrum Health Lakeland
Elise Zimmerman, MD, MS
Rady Children’s Hospital/University of California San Diego


The ALiEM Faculty Incubator is a year-long virtual professional development program for educators of all specialties, which enrolls members into a mentored digital community of practice. This small, 30-person, exclusive community will stoke the fires of creative engagement through mentorship and collaboration.

In the era of the pandemic and physical distancing, having a community of like-minded individuals to offer encouragement, help you gain a foundation of medical education, and create opportunities for collaboration in scholarship is important to close the gap. 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 with 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. With direct access to nationally renowned leaders, each month we will address a different important topic, accelerate short-term and long-term projects, and provide unique opportunities to speak at national conferences, book clubs, journal clubs, and scholarship opportunities.

Curriculum Outline

MayDigital Collaboration and Scholarship
JuneEducation Theory and Your Philosophy
AugustGenerational Learner, Teaching Techniques, Remediation
SeptemberEducational Engineering and Innovation
OctoberTeaching and Learning with Technologies
NovemberAssessment / Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME)
January Program Evaluation
FebruaryEducational Research and Study Design
MarchSurviving Peer Review
AprilGetting 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 40 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 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 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 join in on many projects and collaborations with peers
  • Opportunities to publish blog posts on ALiEM
  • Mentorship for your own personal scholarship projects
  • Networking alongside other rising stars in medicine
  • Free socks… who doesn’t love free socks??

Some accomplishments of our first 5 classes of Faculty Incubator participants

  • Dozens of publications in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training, and Cureus.
  • National and international speaking and scholarship opportunities, including invited Grand Rounds opportunities at a number of institutions, as well as a speaker slot at the popular UCSF High Risk Emergency Medicine Conference
  • Authorship in the Education Theories Made Practical eBook (Volume 1-3 are published, Volume 4 is in press)
  • Multiple teaching awards and scholarship awards among Facubatees and mentors

Incubator Launch Day (April 2021)

Members will be enrolled in an exclusive Faculty Incubator Launch Day workshop. This workshop be conducted virtually in April 2021.

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

Sree Natesan, MD
Sree Natesan, MD

Chief Operations Officer

Assistant Program Director of EM at Duke University

Sree’s professional interests involve medical education, clinical teaching/feedback, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is the editor-in-chief of the ALiEM medical student newsletter EM Bound. She is passionate about teaching which has been recognized by several national and institutional teaching awards and enjoys ingnite the joy of learning in those around her.

Sara Krzyzaniak, MD
Sara Krzyzaniak, MD

Chief Academic Officer

Program Director in the Department of EM at Stanford

Sara’s professional interests are in resident wellness, remediation of struggling learners, and residency curriculum development. She has several national presentations as well as peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on these topics.

Antonia Quinn, DO
Antonia Quinn, DO

Associate Chief Operating Officer

Associate Director for Clinical Competencies of EM at SUNY Downstate

Antonia’s professional interests include teaching clinical skills with a focus on physical exam skills. She published peer review curricula using a cardiopulmonary auscultation manikin to teach heart and lung sounds to medical students. The faculty incubator has also strengthened her interest in educational frameworks and she has spoken nationally on this topic.

Michael Gottlieb, MD RDMS
Michael Gottlieb, MD RDMS

Chief Strategic Officer

Associate Professor of EM and the Ultrasound Director at Rush University Medical Center

Mike has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications, is a peer-reviewer for over 30 journals, and an Editor for Annals of EM, Academic EM Education & Training, Western Journal of EM, and American Journal of EM, as well as Social Media Editor for Academic EM. He is also Chair of the CORD Education Committee, Chair of the CORD Best Practices Subcommittee, Chair of the SAEM Education Summit, and President of the AAEM Ultrasound Section. His academic interests include resident education with a focus on ultrasound and procedural applications.

Teresa Chan, BEd, MD, MHPE, FRCPC
Teresa Chan, BEd, MD, MHPE, FRCPC

Senior Advisor

Assistant Dean for Program for Faculty Development, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University; Assistant Professor of EM, McMaster University

Teresa’s interests include residency assessment, physician communication, and online teaching and learning. She serves on the ALiEM Board and is the Editor of the ALiEM MEdIC series. As her department’s Continuing Professional Development Director, she has over 80 peer-reviewed publications, is the inaugural CJEM Social Media Editor, and was selected as a top reviewer for Academic Medicine.

Core Mentors

Geoff Comp, DO
Geoff Comp, DO

Core Mentor

Associate Program Director- Creighton/Valleywise Health Medical Center (Phoenix) EM Residency; Assistant Professor- University of Arizona (Phoenix); Assistant Professor- Health Sciences Associated Faculty Creighton

Abra Fant, MD
Abra Fant, MD

Core Mentor

Program Director – Northwestern EM Residency; Director for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement – McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University

Lexie Mannix, MD
Lexie Mannix, MD

Core Mentor

Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine- Jacksonville

Simiao Li-Sauerwine, MD MSCR
Simiao Li-Sauerwine, MD MSCR

Core Mentor

Assistant Residency Program Director; Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director, Kiehl Resident Wellness Endowment, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Anita A. Thomas, MD MPH
Anita A. Thomas, MD MPH

Core Mentor

Assistant Professor Department of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital

Al'ai Alvarez, MD FACEP FAAEM
Al'ai Alvarez, MD FACEP FAAEM

Core Mentor

Assistant Program Director at the Stanford EM Residency Program

Benjamin Schnapp, MD
Benjamin Schnapp, MD

Core Mentor

Associate Program Director University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Kelsey Vargas, MD
Kelsey Vargas, MD

Core Mentor

Assistant Professor of EM at Cleveland Clinic

Matthew Zuckerman, MD
Matthew Zuckerman, MD

Core Mentor

Assistant Professor of EM and toxicologst at University of Colorado

Drew Kalnow, DO
Drew Kalnow, DO

Core Mentor

Assistant Residency Program Director, Simulation Director of EM at Doctors Hospital

Anne Messman, MD
Anne Messman, MD

Scholarship Mentor

Associate Professor (Clinican Educator) Vice Chair of Education at Wayne State University

Holly Caretta-Weyer, MD
Holly Caretta-Weyer, MD

Scholarship Mentor

Assistant Residency Program Director and Director of Evaluation and Assessment of EM at Stanford University

Christine Stehman, MD
Christine Stehman, MD

Grand Rounds Mentor

Visiting Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria

Alumni Mentors

David Story, MD
David Story, MD

Alumni Mentor

Assistant Professor of EM at Wake Forest School of Medicine

Brian Barbas, MD FACEP
Brian Barbas, MD FACEP

Alumni Mentor

Assistant Professor Clerkship Director of EM at Loyola University Medical Center

Guy Carmelli, MD
Guy Carmelli, MD

Alumni Mentor

Assistant Professor of EM at University of Massachusetts Medical School

Dolly Yadav, MD
Dolly Yadav, MD

Alumni Mentor

Emergency Medicine Physician and faculty at Medeor Institute of Emergency Medicine in India

Fawziah Alsalmi, MD
Fawziah Alsalmi, MD

Alumni Mentor

Associate Consultant of Emergency Medicine, King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital, Saudi Arabia

Katie Fisher, MD MS
Katie Fisher, MD MS

Alumni Mentor

Medical Education Fellow and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine

Mala Joneja, MD MEd
Mala Joneja, MD MEd

Alumni Mentor

Associate Professor and the Division Chair for the Division of Rheumatology for Queen’s University Department of Medicine

Riccardo Bianchi, PhD
Riccardo Bianchi, PhD

Alumni Mentor

Associate Dean of Foundations of Medicine, College of Medicine Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Sean Dyer, MD
Sean Dyer, MD

Alumni Mentor

Assistant Program Director/M4 Clerkship Director, Department of EM, Cook County Health and Hospital System; Assistant Professor of EM, Rush Medical College

Sophia Lin, MD
Sophia Lin, MD

Alumni Mentor

Assistant Attending Physician and Pediatrician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Instructor in Pediatrics and in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, and the Associate Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Program

Membership Cost

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

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


Preference will be given to the following applicants:

  • 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
  • Available and will attend the Faculty Incubator Launch Day in April 2021 Virtually

Application Process

We will reopen our applications in January 2022. To give you a sense of the application process, here we have kept our 2021-2022 process archived below (see text below to read what documents were required, and the click yellow button below to see our previous year’s application portal, for instance). In order to apply for the 2021-2022 cohort, the following materials were required to be submitted via our application portal.:

  • 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. Gottlieb_Michael-ChairSupportLetter.docx) before uploading. You may upload it 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

Sunday January 31, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Absolutely! Diversity of backgrounds will be key to the success of the incubator. Our shared experiences will make the collaborations richer. Our participants come from many fields of medicine including GI, IM, Peds, Pulm/Critical Care, and pre-clinical education.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. I am graduating from a fellowship in June. Can I still apply even though the Faculty Incubator technically starts in March 2021?

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.

5. Can I see a copy of last year’s application requirements?

Yes you may, please see the “Application Process” blurb which contains our application requirements on this page and click on the yellow button below to see our portal from last year – they have been kept active for you to see ONLY as a demonstration and we will NOT be accepting applications via this route. Stay tuned around December 2021 for news on when we will reopen for the next cohort of Faculty Incubator applications.

Have questions? Feel free to contact us!