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Education Fellowship Grant

Status: Closed
Next Application Cycle: Fall 2015

The following is an overview of the fellowship award. For complete instructions on applying, please see the attached detailed instructions. For submission instructions, please visit How To Apply.

The Education Fellowship Grant strives to foster teaching, education, and educational research in emergency medicine at faculty, fellow, resident and medical student level learners. The mission of the grant is to develop the academic potential of the selected fellow by providing support for a dedicated two-year training period that includes an advanced degree in education. Potential for, and experience with, educational leadership and teaching skills will be important when evaluating applications. Leadership will include, but will not be limited to, involvement with residency programs, medical student clerkships, and medical school courses. The applicant should describe a novel educational project that will be generalizable to educators within SAEM. The project outcome should be measurable, reproducible, and able to be disseminated to the SAEM membership.

Selection of the Education Fellow will weigh equally the fellow applicant, the proposed educational project, and the environment and opportunities at the institution that will host the fellow. One fellow per 2 year period may be selected from the applicant pool. The selected fellow must choose his/her 2 year ‘teacher training’ program (such as a Master’s in Medical Education, Simulation training fellowship or equivalent) and fellowship site prior to applying for the grant and must describe those items in the application.

Duration of the award:
July 1 - June 30 (year 1)
July 1 - June 30 (year 2)

Financial award:
The Education Fellowship Grant will provide a total of up to $50,000 per year for two years, assuming funds are available. Detailed budgets will be required. Funds may be used for salary or tuition fees for advanced educational degree, educational research or direct costs related to project. Travel will not be supported. No additional costs will be supported by SAEM; these costs are the responsibility of the sponsoring institution. Failure to meet the award guidelines or inability of the candidate to complete the term of the award shall result in the return of residual funds to SAEM. SAEM grants are contingent upon the amount of available funds from the SAEM Foundation. SAEM may discontinue, postpone, or alternate grant funding mechanisms based on the amount of funds available.


The fellowship candidate must meet the following criteria: (1) Be a member of SAEM at application and during award period. (2) Be board eligible or certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, American Board of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine, or pediatric emergency medicine practicing in an emergency care setting; or a senior resident (3rd or 4th year) in good standing to graduate from an ACGME accredited EM residency program. (3) Have a portfolio of educational committees, publications, chapters, and/or courses that exemplify the desire to become a lifelong educator in the field of EM. Portfolio development is anticipated to reflect the applicant's level of experience. The successful candidate shall have demonstrated a sustained interest in education. This may include previous participation in education related to emergency medicine or another field, peer-reviewed publications, educational research, or presentations of educational scholarly activity at scientific meetings. The successful candidate will also have demonstrated commitment to teaching and/or have evidence of leadership potential. A resident is not expected to have the same level of credentials as a faculty member who wishes to pursue formal education fellowship training. The fellow must be a member of SAEM during the award period. The applicant may not have previously completed more than one year of an education fellowship.

The institution must provide adequate administrative and clerical support to the fellow, including, but not limited to, office space, administrative support, and information systems. The institution must demonstrate the availability of physician teaching opportunities for the fellow. Ideally, there should be an accredited emergency medicine residency program at the host institution. The institution must demonstrate the availability of faculty, resident and /or medical student teaching opportunities for the fellow. The applicant may work clinically at another institution than the host institution. The institution should have a demonstrated track record of involvement and commitment to education at local, state, and national levels. The host institution must provide opportunities for the fellow to maintain clinical emergency medicine skills, but shall not require fellows to perform clinical duty in the emergency department in excess of 16 hours per week, and no less than 10 hours per week.

The fellowship mentor should have demonstrated expertise in teaching, education and/or educational research, including publication of original research and/or educational innovations in peer-reviewed journals. The mentor should be active in educational roles and teaching at his/her local residency, student clerkship and/or medical school. The mentor should be involved in education at the state, regional, and national levels, as evidenced by participation on committees or administrative work-product. The mentor must be directly responsible for the supervision and oversight of the fellow and have sufficient academic availability to ensure an optimal mentored relationship.

Any research project that results from the Education Fellowship Grant should be submitted as an abstract to the SAEM Annual Meeting.

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