MERITS One-Year Fellowship

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 North Shore affiliates as a faculty or enrolled in another University of Chicago/North Shore 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).

MERITS Fellowship Curriculum

  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: Holly Humphrey, MD, Dean for Medical Education, 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. Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA): Held every year in the spring (late March/early April). Attendance is required. Registration & $350 travel costs will be covered by MERITS.  Additional travel costs should be covered by departments.

Application Details

The request for applications for the 2018-19 academic year is currently OPEN.  The deadline for submissions is March 26, 2018. 

The MERITS (one-year) Fellowship application consists of the following:

For additional inquiries please contact Elizabeth Rodriguez at