MERITS: Medical Education Research, Innovation, Teaching and Scholarship

The University of Chicago Fellowships & Training in Medical Education

The University of Chicago MERITS Program was founded in 2010 to support and promote research, innovation, teaching, and scholarship in medical education with the goal of advancing patient care and the health of the public by improving the education of physicians. MERITS builds upon the unique, interdisciplinary resources of the University of Chicago, a leader in medical education innovation. MERITS was founded by Holly J. Humphrey, MD, Ralph W. Gerard Professor in Medicine, Dean for Medical Education, and Executive Director of MERITS.

The MERITS Fellowship & Training Programs in Medical Education will provide postgraduate fellows with the conceptual and practical skills required for successful future careers as medical education scholars and leaders. Fellows will participate in a curriculum drawn from the various fields to develop innovative teaching methods, and undertake successful program implementation and evaluation. The goal of MERITS is to develop educational leaders and scholars through participation in a focused curriculum, research in medical education workshops, mentored projects, and active engagement with a rich network of colleagues and faculty in an environment of collaborative learning and support.

Overview of MERITS Programs

One-Year GME Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Candidates must be enrolled in and supported by a University of Chicago or NorthShore University HealthSystem Residency or Fellowship.
  • Certificate of Completion.

One Year Faculty Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Candidates must be faculty members at the University of Chicago or NorthShore University HealthSystem.
  • Certificate of Completion.

Two-Year Funded Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Candidates for the two-year, full-time fellowship must be board-eligible or at the PGY-level commensurate with a two-year research experience in their existing graduate medical education program.
  • External and Internal Applicants welcomed; University of Chicago affiliation is not required.
  • Certificate of Completion or Master’s Degree in Public Policy or Health Studies possible.

Two-Year GME Medical Education Scholarly Track

  • Eligibility: Applications will be considered from rising PGY2 residents in certain programs (e.g., Internal Medicine and Pediatrics) and for residents in their research years in others (for instance, applications will also be considered from General Surgery residents entering their research PGY5 and PGY6 years).
  • Certificate of Completion.

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Leadership for MERITS Programs:

Holly J. Humphrey, MD
Ralph W. Gerard Professor in Medicine
Dean for Medical Education
Executive Director, MERITS

Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP
Associate Professor of Medicine
Assistant Dean for Scholarship and Discovery
Program Director, MERITS Two-Year Fellowship

H. Barrett Fromme, MD, MHPE
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Program Director, MERITS One-Year Fellowship
Co-Director, MERITS Two-Year GME Medical Education Scholarly Track
Associate Program Director, Pediatrics Residency Training Program
Director of Medical Student Performance Evaluation

Jeanne Farnan, MD, MHPE
Assistant Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine
Co-Director, MERITS Two-Year GME Medical Education Scholarly Track
Director, Clinical Skills Education
Medical Director, Clinical Performance Center