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Medical Education Research Innovation and Teaching Scholarship (MERITS) Program

The MERITS (Medical Education Research, Innovation, Teaching, and Scholarship) 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.

There are two training programs sponsored by MERITS: The One-Year Faculty Fellowship and the Two-Year GME Medical Education Scholars Track for Residents.

The MERITS One-Year Fellowship 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 various fields to develop innovative teaching methods, and undertake successful medical education projects and program implementation and evaluation. The goal of the Fellowship in Medical Education 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. The One-Year MERITS Fellowship Program is directed by H. Barrett Fromme, MD, MHPE.

The One-Year Fellowship is not a full-time funded fellowship (no salary or benefits provided).

Certificate of Completion will be provided to fellows at the culmination of the program after meeting all program requirements.

  • Candidates for the one-year, full-time fellowship must be part of the University of Chicago or NorthShore affiliates as a faculty or enrolled in another University of Chicago/NorthShore fellowship or residency program.
  • Candidates must have Department Chair, Section Chief, or Program Director approval to attend the one-year seminar series (provided 2-3 times a month).
  1. MERITS Seminar Series (Wednesday mornings 10:00am-12:00pm) will include topics such as:

    • Scholarship & Current Issues Facing Medical Education 
    • Curriculum and Evaluation 
    • Theory and Practice of Medical Education 
    • Medical Education Leadership
  2. Course Directors: Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP, Jeanne Farnan, MD, MHPE, Nancy Schindler, MD, MHPE, H. Barrett Fromme, MD, MHPE, and Sandra Valaitis, MD.

  3. Medical Education Scholarly Project: Develop, plan, and/or carry out an individual medical education scholarly project within the context of curriculum development, curriculum evaluation, among other topics.

  4. Research in Medical Education (RIME) Conferences: Held the first Thursday of each month between October and June from 12:15-1:00 pm.

  5. AAMC Learn Serve Lead Annual Meeting: Held every year in the fall. Attendance is required. Registration will be covered by MERITS.  Travel and lodging should be covered by departments or sections.

The request for applications for the 2019-20 academic year is currently closed.

The MERITS One-Year Faculty Fellowship application consists of the following:

  • Application form 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of recommendation & financial support to attend the AAMC Annual Meeting
  • Personal statement 

For additional inquiries please contact Paige Fairchild.

 

The GME Medical Education Scholars 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 Scholars Track is directed by James Ahn, MD, MHPE and Shannon Martin, MD, MS.

The Two-Year GME Medical Education Scholars 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).

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 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.

The request for applications for the Two-Year GME Medical Education Scholars Track is now closed.   

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

  • Application form
  • 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 Paige Fairchild.

 

MERITS Faculty
MERITS Faculty

MERITS Steering Committee Members

  • Peter Angelos, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery
  • Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP'03, Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief Medical Officer-Clinical Learning Environment
  • Anita Blanchard, MD'90, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Halina Brukner, MD, Professor of Medicine and Dean for Medical Education
  • Barrett Fromme, MD, MHPE, Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators
  • Nancy Schindler, MD, MHPE, E. Stephen Kurtides, MD, Chair of Medical Education, Clinical Professor of Surgery, Vice Chairman of Education, Department of Surgery, NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Mark Siegler, MD, Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics