MERITS Two-Year GME Medical Education Scholars Track

MERITS was designed 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.

The GME Medical Education Scholarly Track goes a step further in focusing and developing educational leaders in the early stages of training, during physicians' Residency Programs. During postgraduate education, residents face many time limitations that preclude them from seeking advanced training in medical education. This program offers medical education training to junior residents through virtual and in-person courses and mentoring. The Two-Year GME Medical Education Scholarly Track is directed by James Ahn, MD, MHPE and Shannon Martin, MD, MS.

Eligibility:

The Two-Year GME Medical Education Scholarly Track is currently open to residents in training programs at the University of Chicago campus.

Applications will be considered from rising PGY2 residents in certain programs (such as, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and others) and for residents in their research years in other PGY levels (for instance, applications will also be considered from General Surgery residents entering their research PGY5 and PGY6 years).

In addition, residents will also be encouraged to participate in the Residents Are Teachers electives.

Virtual Training:

Residents will have the opportunity to participate in virtual Medical Education Journal Club discussions.

Residents will also participate in six annual webinars in the following areas during the course of two years of training:

  • Theory and Practice of Medical Education
  • Curriculum and Evaluation
  • Advanced Teaching Skills

Live Program:

Residents will participate in at least five in-person RIME workshops offered monthly between October and June from 12:15pm-1pm in the Billings Hospital, conference room L-316.

In addition, residents will also be able to participate in the Residents Are Teachers electives.

Faculty Mentored Experiences:

Residents will conduct a mentored project and participate in quarterly workshops within their cohort.

Residents will also have the opportunity to have their teaching skills directly observed and critiqued by expert faculty.

Application Details:

The request for applications for the Two-Year GME Medical Education Scholarly Track is currently open for the 2017-19 academic year. The deadline is March 7, 2017.

The Two-Year GME Medical Education Scholars Track application consists of the following:

  • Application form (doc)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from your program director indicating their support for your attendance in the program, and your program director's financial support to attend at least one medical education conference and to develop at least one poster during the two-year term.
  • Personal statement (1 page)

For more information please email Elizabeth Rodriguez at erodriguez@bsd.uchicago.edu.