Education Scholarship Fellowship

Application Fees

  • Application fee is $400 at the time of submission.
  • Annual fee of $150 for years 1 and 2.
  • Annual fee of $200 for year 3 and beyond.
  • Please make check payable to "SAEM" and reference "[Type of fellowship] Fellowship Application."
  • Checks can be mailed to: SAEM, 1111 East Touhy Ave, Suite 540, Des Plaines, IL 60018 or faxed using the credit card form [pdf] to (847) 813-5450.

New Application Deadline: March 31st annually

Renewal Application Deadline: September 30th annually

  • Renewal applications are due the 3rd year after initial application is approved.
  • Subsequent renewals are due every 5 years.

How to Submit

All applications and evaluations must be submitted through the online portal by 5pm Central Time on the deadline. If the deadline falls on a holiday or weekend, applications will be accepted on the next business day. 


You can download a copy of the application form questions.

Please note, you must submit applications through the online portal. Emailed copies of an application will not be accepted. 

This application is a modified version of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Program Information Form (PIF). The ACGME website provides support materials on how to complete a fellowship-specific PIF. 


Annual Reports

(Non-research fellowships only)

Annual Fellowship Evaluations are required of approved programs on March 31st each year. The annual evaluation will ask you to list graduating fellows. Please make sure to complete this form in order for your fellows to receive their certificate.


Institution Application

Approval of an Emergency Medicine Education Scholarship Fellowship program is contingent on a review of the institutional environment, academic productivity of prior graduates and of current members of the team, and the proposed curriculum for future fellows. All approved institutions must have an ACGME-approved residency program in place, and must meet the criteria as set forth below.

Criteria for Approval

Description of General Program

The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine recognizes that there are many valuable non-ACGME-approved post-graduate training opportunities for EM residency graduates. In an effort to promote standardization of training within a subspecialty area, it has developed a process for any eligible program to earn the endorsement of SAEM as an approved fellowship. SAEM has developed guidelines for training programs that address milestones in curricular elements, faculty support recommendations, and career development opportunities.

Approval of a fellowship is contingent upon a review of the institutional environment, the success of prior graduates and current members of the team, and the proposed curriculum for future fellows. All approved institutions must have an ACGME-approved residency program in place.

A site visit and/or interview may be requested at the discretion of the members of the SAEM Fellowship Approval Committee. Initial approval of a fellowship is for a period of three years. At the end of the initial period, programs with demonstrated success can apply for renewal of approval every five years. On an annual basis, approved programs must communicate to the committee any changes in education fellowship program personnel. In the event of the departure or replacement of the program director, a secondary review will be required.

Essential Elements for an SAEM-Approved Fellowship in Education Scholarship

An education scholarship fellowship should prepare the participant to become a leader in academic emergency medicine education by combining didactic and experiential training in educational methods, theories of learning, and program administration. In addition, graduates should have the necessary skills to facilitate career advancement based upon education scholarship, in at least one of four areas of scholarship as defined by Boyer [Beattie DS. Expanding the view of scholarship. Introduction. Academic Medicine 2000;75:871-6.]:

1. Discovery – The scholarship of discovery is parallel to a traditional research track for basic science or clinical researchers. Fellows with a focus on discovery should have focused education research training and be prepared to design and conduct original research and training in scientific writing and review.

2. Interpretation – The scholarship of interpretation involves the synthesis of knowledge: fellows with a focus on interpretation will be trained to perform data synthesis such as systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

3. Application – The scholarship of application involves applying disparate theory (often from other fields) to new situations and is often referred to as translational research.

4. Teaching – The scholarship of teaching requires developing new and evidencebased ways to facilitate and assess learning. Fellows with a focus on the scholarship of teaching will develop expertise in curriculum development, learner assessment, and program evaluation.

Fellowships should demonstrate how they will prepare graduates to become scholars, and may choose to have a curriculum that provides training in all areas of scholarship, or to develop separate tracks that focus on one or more areas of scholarship.

In order to meet the standards for an approved fellowship, a program must address the following curricular elements (core content):

1. Theories of learning

2. Didactic and clinical teaching

3. Educational program administration

4. Education research methods

5. Career and professional development

Applicants may wish to consult the December 2012 Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference Special Issue for suggestions and clarification within each area.

Yarris LM, Coates WC, Lin M, et al. A suggested core content for education scholarship fellowships in emergency medicine. Acad Emerg Med. 2012 Dec;19:1425-33.PMID: 23279249.

Coates WC, Lin M, Clarke S, et al. Defining a core curriculum for education scholarship fellowships in emergency medicine. Acad Emerg Med. 2012;19:1411-8.PMID: 23279248.

Yarris LM, Coates WC. Creating educational leaders: experiences with two education fellowships in emergency medicine. Acad Emerg Med. 2012 Dec;19:1481-5.PMID:23240922

Lin M, Santen SA, Yarris LM, et al. Development of a training needs assessment for an education scholarship fellowship in emergency medicine. Acad Emerg Med. 2012 19:1419- 24. PMID: 23216849.

Yarris LM, Coates WC, Lin M, Clarke S, Jordan J, Lind K, Santen SA, Hamstra SJ. A suggested core content for education scholarship fellowships in emergency medicine. Acad Emerg Med. 2012 Dec;19(12):1425-33. doi: 10.1111/acem.12032.

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