Medical Education Scholarship Fellowship
This SAEM-approved fellowship is designed for a graduate of residency interested in becoming an exceptional educator.
Stanford is at the forefront of medical education with a team of faculty innovating, advancing the field, and optimizing how we teach, assess, and help elevate learners
The two-year fellowship provides time to fellows to fully immerse in learning all facets of medical education ranging from teaching to curriculum development and scholarship.
Fellows also have time and support to complete a Master’s in Health Professions Education, which in addition to individualized fellowship training, supports fellows in completing at least one meaningful scholarly project in medical education.
Fellows benefit from:
◦ Weekly Medical Education Fellow Conference to learn the foundational topics in medical education.
◦ Weekly Works in Progress meetings to present projects and grant ideas to a mastermind group for feedback and refinement.
◦ Access to Stanford’s countless resources, collaborators, and mentorship including the Precision Education and Assessment Research Lab (PEARL), of which each fellow is a member and receives directed mentorship from the senior scholars in the lab.
The fellow will learn:
- curriculum development
- tools to be an effective lecturer
- different methods of evaluating learners
Fellows are given the opportunity to network through national conferences and acquire skills to be a successful academician through the ACEP teaching fellowship.
Fellows are also given guidance to create an academic research project with the goal of publication. Ultimately the fellowship will prepare the fellow for a career excelling in education, clinical work, research, and residency leadership.
Stanford's Medical Education Scholarship Fellowship has been approved by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.
- Fellows will:
- Design board review curriculum to help prepare residents for the in-service exam and ultimately the emergency medicine boards
- Develop skills to become a trusted guide and mentor to students/residents
- Deliver effective lecture presentations
- Create, with assistance, an asynchronous curriculum for residents utilizing the resident iPads
- Examine and evaluate residents bedside skills during two teaching shifts per month. Ultimately relating feedback to the resident to help improve their performance.
- Fellows will learn:
- Development of good clinical practices early in career
- Produce legally and financially sound charts in a timely manner (100% complete in 3 days)
- Fellows will:
- Apply information learned through national conferences in teaching and clinical work
- Apply a variety of teaching methods, feedback techniques and approaches to evaluation of learners
- Develop the skills needed to become successful in an academic environment
- Become an excellent academic instructor
- Enhance your management and leadership skills
- Use the skills learned in the ACEP Teaching Fellowship
- Implement (clinically) material learned through educational conference and journal clubs
- Prepare for and obtain EM board certification
- Demonstrate improved knowledge in simulation
- Fellows will:
- Interpret and evaluate journal articles
- Construct a research project based on personal academic interests
- Present poster/oral presentation at regional/national conference, ideally going on to publish material
- Fellows will:
- Distinguish desirable traits/qualities in an applicant to help determine the best candidate for residency
- Learn important aspects of the interview process, including how to evaluate an application, read a SLOR (standard letter of recommendation), and select candidates
- Participate and help in preparation for RRC review, including implementation of milestones (new evaluation method)
- Employ leadership skills as demonstrated by serving on a national committee
Fellows combine clinical shifts in an academic teaching hospital with didactics.
- Fellows are required to work 8 shifts per month (approximately 15 hours per week) as Attending Physician in the emergency department (ED) at Stanford University Hospital, with an academic appointment of Clinical Instructor in the Clinician Educator Line at Stanford University School of Medicine.
- While attending in the ED, fellows supervise residents and medical students.
- Clinical time is spent at Stanford Health Care, which is a world-renowned medical center. It is a Level 1 Adult and Pediatric trauma center with aero-medical transport. The diverse and high acuity patient population provides an excellent opportunity to continue to master clinical skills.
- All fellows must be ABEM board certified/eligible.
Meet Medical Education Fellow Leonardo Aliaga, MD
I study failure. We intuitively know that powerful learning comes from our mistakes and failures. Yet, there are substantial barriers to harnessing this learning. We all make mistakes during training and these "failures" often become missed opportunities for growth. My research looks at how we can effectively and purposefully use those mistakes to improve learning. I also study adaptive expertise, which is the ability to apply your skills and knowledge to new or uncommon problems. I combined these research interests in a multi-center education RCT to investigate how making mistakes when learning head CT interpretation improves adaptive expertise.
My overarching goal is to change how we look at failure in medical education. It's a taboo topic, yet there is so much rich potential in capturing the benefits of failure. I aim to shift our medical education culture from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. The results of the education RCT mentioned above can change how we create curricula in emergency medicine and provide a model for effectively using mistakes to support learning.
I want to be a medical education researcher. I chose Stanford's medical education scholarship fellowship because it would provide the skills, support, and intellectual capital to foster my career in med ed research. The two-year fellowship provided the necessary protected time to develop and execute my research.
Learn more about Dr. Aliaga's Research
I recently gave a plenary presentation at the SAEM23 conference about my research which you can view here.
You can also read more on the connection between errors and adaptive expertise in this post on the International Clinician Educator's Blog.
I also have an interest in improving radiology education in emergency medicine. I previously published a study demonstrating the efficacy of an active learning emergency radiology curriculum.
- Submit application by September 30
- Decision made by November 1
- Background and interest in teaching, education, research and administration
- Residency program completion
- Active and unrestricted California Medical License at the start of fellowship (generally takes 4 to 6 months to obtain)
- Board-eligible or board-certified emergency medicine physician from 4 year ACGME-accredited emergency medicine residency programs or 3 year ACGME EM programs with minimum 1 year post-graduate experience
- letter of interest
- 3 letters of reference (1 must be from your program director)
Send to Bianca Velasquez.