Academy Fellowships in Medical Education
Academy Fellowships in Medical Education
Five faculty members have been awarded the Harvard Medical School Academy Fellowship in Medical Education for the academic year 2015-2016. This endowed, competitive program seeks to develop and enhance the fellows’ analytical skills as medical education researchers and teaching skills as medical educators. Each fellow applies with a project to be completed during the fellowship year which is designed to contribute to the quality of medical student education at HMS.
Fellowship seminars meet at least twice per month with the Director of the Academy Fellowship, David Hirsh, MD to discuss topics related to curriculum development, educational research and program assessment, the application of adult learning theories, and the enhancement of teaching skills needed for both lecturing and small group teaching. In addition, each Academy Fellow completes a fellowship project over the course of the year. Projects focus on curriculum development, faculty development, assessment of learners, and outcomes research. The selection process seeks faculty whose proposed projects will contribute to the education of Harvard medical students through curriculum innovation, outcomes assessment, faculty development, or enrichment opportunities. Upon completion of the program, fellows present their work at HMS Medical Education Day. Graduates have led significant curricular and programmatic changes and served as education leaders in the HMS community and around the world.
Dr. Hirsh commented “The HMS Academy was delighted with the high quality work of the faculty who applied, the energy and creativity of the applicants, the meaningful projects they proposed, and the committed mentors who support them.” “Each of the fellows’ projects has the potential to make a real impact on the continuous improvement of teaching and learning at HMS and our affiliated hospitals,” said Edward M. Hundert, MD, the Dean of Medical Education.
Academy Fellowships are made possible through generous contributions to the Morgan-Zinsser, Curtis Prout, Eisenberg Family, and Susan and James Jackson Academy Fellowship Funds. The Harvard School of Dental Medicine is also sponsoring one Academy Fellow.
The Academy Fellowships in Medical Education provide educators with dedicated time to develop the expertise and skills needed to advance academic careers in medical education and medical education research. Faculty participating in the Fellowship will:
- Develop and enhance their skills as clinician educators;
- Develop analytical and research skills in medical education;
- Acquire the knowledge and skills to become educational leaders and change agents within their academic communities;
- Create a community of clinician-educators dedicated to enriching the field of medical education;
- Complete a major project – be it a curriculum or faculty development project, or a learner assessment or educational research educational project.
Director of the Academy Fellowship, Dr. David A. Hirsh will conduct fellowship seminars twice monthly on Friday mornings at HMS. These seminars are required sessions during which the group discusses a variety of medical education topics and assigned readings. Some of these topics include issues in curriculum development, educational research and program assessment, the application of adult learning theories to a variety of teaching settings, and the enhancement of teaching skills needed for both lecturing and small group teaching.
Fellows from the Academy Fellowship will meet together with Fellows from the Rabkin (BIDMC) and Mount Auburn Fellowships on 4 Fridays during the academic year (dates to be specified prior to the beginning of Fellowship). These sessions include such cross-cutting topics as the history of medical education and issues in medical education research and study design, the latter incorporating discussion of the Fellows’ project evaluation research prospectuses. Fellows are required to prepare a poster describing their projects for review at the end of the year and for presentation at HMS Medical Education Day in the fall following the fellowship year.
Academy Fellowship activities include completion of a fellowship project. Projects should be focused on curriculum development, faculty development, assessment of learners, or education research. Of specific interest are projects that:
- Contribute to the education of Harvard medical students through curriculum innovation, educational research, faculty development, or enrichment opportunities;
- Can be completed during the fellowship year, or, if the project has multiple phases, a phase can be completed during the fellowship year;
- Can be sustained both programmatically and financially following implementation, if relevant.
To view past Academy fellows and their projects, please go to: http://hms.harvard.edu/content/fellows-archives
- Devote 10% of time to project and Fellowship activities. Applicants must have the support of their department chair or division chief to devote this time, free of other responsibilities, to the Fellowship activities.
- Be committed to meeting twice monthly during the fellowship year with Fellowship Faculty and other fellows to discuss projects and share experiences. Fellowship sessions will be held at HMS in the TMEC 384 Conference Room, 260 Longwood Avenue.
- Identify a project mentor who will meet with you regularly to discuss and help implement your project.
- Submit an abstract of the Fellowship project for a poster presentation or technology demonstration at HMS Medical Education Day in the fall following the fellowship year.
Candidates must possess an MD or PhD, be active members of the HMS faculty, and hold the academic rank of Instructor or higher and have:
- A minimum of 2 years active teaching experience at HMS at the UME or GME level
- Ability to devote the necessary time to the fellowship activities and project
- Applicants with leadership roles in courses/clerkships/GME programs are encouraged to apply and are viewed as particularly strong candidates.
Academy Fellowships are made possible through generous contributions to the Morgan-Zinsser, Curtis Prout, and Susan and James Jackson Academy Fellowship Funds.
The Curtis Prout Academy Fellowship
The Curtis Prout Academy Fellowship is named for Dr. Curtis Prout, HMS '41, through the generous gifts of his past and present patients, colleagues, family and friends. It is hoped that Prout Academy Fellows will help HMS students develop those qualities of character and intellect so necessary in the field of primary care, thereby shaping the future of primary care medicine in both practice and teaching.
The Jackson Academy Fellowship
The Jackson Academy Fellowship is named for Dr. James H. "Jimmy" Jackson, MD '43A through the generous gift of his wife of 57 years, Mrs. Susan M. Jackson. Dr. Jackson is remembered for his dedication to patient care and his devoted mentoring of medical students, residents and house staff. It is hoped that the Jackson Academy Fellowship will carry on Dr. Jackson's legacy of teaching and mentoring and ultimately shape the future of healthcare in both practice and teaching.
The Morgan Zinsser Fellowship
The Morgan-Zinsser Fellowship is named for Dr. Herbert Morgan and his mentor, Dr. Hans Zinsser. Dr. Morgan, a member of the HMS Class of '42, established the Fellowship to support the early career development of junior faculty who have demonstrated excellence in medical education and teaching.
To create and nurture a diverse community of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease