Focus areas that can be mentored into robust research themes include: undergraduate and graduate medical education methods, curriculum development, education research, adult learning theory, assessment tool design, simulation and immersive learning, continuing medical education, social media and medical education, residency program leadership, and faculty development. Ideal candidates will have completed a 4-year ACGME-accredited residency in emergency medicine and have a strong interest in medical education scholarship.
We encourage flexibility in our curriculum based on the individual fellow's professional interests, goals, and previous training. In addition to clinical care in the Emergency Department at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, training components include:
- Fellows may pursue a Master’s Degree in a topic that aligns with their interests
- Translate lessons learned during the course of the degree program into professional development for NUEM faculty members, the Feinberg Office of Continuing Medical Education, and Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME)
Undergraduate Medical Education
- Serve as a mentor for students participating in the required EM clerkship
- Serve as an adviser for the Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)
- Active involvement in Simulation Lab experiences for all EM clerkship students
- Fellows join and participate in a regional or national organization at the task force, section or committee level (CORD, ACEP, SAEM, AAEM or other).
Graduate Medical Education
- Assume a Co-Faculty Director role for the NUEM Education College
- Serve as Interim Assistant Program Director for two-year term
- Serve on Clinical Competency Committee (CCC)
- Serve on Program Evaluation Committee (PEC)
Faculty CME and Development
- Attend at least 1 advisory board meeting for several major medical education committees or task forces at Feinberg in order to provide a working understanding of AME organization (e.g., FAME, Curriculum Committee, Simulation Center Directors Meeting, GMEC, etc.)
- Understand the role of RRC-EM Core Faculty as it pertains to ACGME requirements
- Participate in faculty meetings and residency/faculty retreats
SAEM Accreditation Requirements
- Fellows will complete a formal course of study during weekly Fellows’ Conference that addresses all content domains required of SAEM-approved education scholarship fellowship programs
- Core lectures will follow the text, “Essential Skills for a Medical Teacher” by Harden and Laidlaw (2012.)
- Weekly Works-in-Progress will use the AAMC publication, “Review Criteria for Research Manuscripts, 2nd Ed.”
- Encouraged to attend Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program (year 1)
- Encouraged to participate in the ACEP Teaching Fellowship (year 2)
- Encouraged to attend The Teaching Course (year 1)
- Encouraged to present work at regional meetings (SAEM, ICEP, AAMC CGEA – years 1&2)
- Encouraged to participate in Navigating the Academic Waters track of the CORD-EM Academic Assembly (year 1)
- Encouraged to attend Macy Scholars Program at Harvard (year 2)
- Encouraged to attend AAMC annual meeting (year 2)
- Develop a basic understanding of research administration as it pertains to research budget, IRB, administrative assistance, and coordination with government and university research personnel.
- Develop an advanced understanding of the relevant issues for education IRB submissions and review
- Design and produce a medical education research project with the expectation this it is both presented at a national level meeting (CORD, SAEM, ACEP, etc.) and submitted for peer-reviewed publication
- Develop a basic understanding of research awards including development, submission, and grading.
- Design and produce one grant submission for an education research project in the fellow’s area of interest
The above list outlines the important aspects of the fellowship program, but it not limited to the duties listed. Upon completion of the Northwestern EM Education Fellowship, graduates will have obtained requisite skills to be successful in Emergency Medicine education at all levels.