WHEA Fellowship in Educational Scholarship
The WHEA Fellowship in Educational Scholarship is an 18-month program for health science educators who want to develop skills in educational research and scholarship. The Fellowship includes targeted research skills development in workshop sessions facilitated by national experts and a hands-on educational research project to support fellows’ application of these skills. Upon completion, fellows will receive a Medical Education Research Certificate from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
After completing this WHEA Fellowship, participants will be able to:
- Use strong research skills to develop and implement research studies in their educational area of interest
- Analyze outcomes of educational activities and submit them to local, regional, and/or national meetings for presentation and/or publication
- Position themselves to become education leaders and experts in their areas of interest
- Interact across schools and sites to serve as the foundation for the continued development of interprofessional educational expertise in the health sciences at Emory
Participants will be early to mid-career educators from any of the Emory health sciences schools, centers, programs, or practice sites who are dedicated to and passionate about educating students, trainees, faculty, or others, and who would like to enhance their education scholarship skills. At least two years of educational experience preferred; support of administrative unit required.
Annual Schedule (Dates & Locations TBA each cycle):
- September: Kickoff event
- October - March [First 6 months]: All monthly workshop sessions are on Wednesdays from 1-5pm
- April - March [Following 12 months]: Project mentoring sessions (timing determined by participants)
- March: Graduation & Projects Presentation event
Workshops will be facilitated by national experts provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges; project groups will be mentored by local educational experts.
Fellows are expected to:
- Attend all six scheduled workshops
- Attend at least 80% of monthly project group meetings
- Complete a scholarly project
- Attend kickoff and wrap up events
$1200 per participant to be paid by school, department, or applicable administrative unit
Frequently Asked Questions
A complete application includes:
- The completed application form (click link below)
- The applicant’s CV
- A personal statement including:
- Goals and expectations for this fellowship including current educational scholarship activities and how this fellowship will enhance future scholarship.
A brief description of the type of project that the applicant would like to pursue as part of the fellowship. This does not have to be a fully formed project, rather an idea of what type of educational activity the participant would like to study. Please include any information about others in the educational environment who can help facilitate the proposed work. We are particularly interested in accepting applicants who are most likely to be successful in completing a project.
- A letter of support from the dean, department chair, division chief or direct supervisor that addresses the ability of the applicant to be successful in developing, implementing, and disseminating an educational research project. The writer must also agree to support the participant by ensuring the tuition is paid and allowing the participant adequate time free from clinical, teaching, and other responsibilities to meet the fellowship obligations.
The fellowship is open to any member of the Emory Health Sciences community who has an educational role. This would include, but is not limited to, teaching learners (e.g., trainees, patients, colleagues, or instructors/faculty), supervising learners at any level, running any size educational unit, facilitating learning experiences, or advising and mentoring learners. Participants can be educators from the School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, School of Medicine (including Academic Health programs), Winship Cancer Institute, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Laney Graduate School (if their learners are in the health sciences), or educators in the Emory Healthcare system. All Emory Healthcare sites are included, as well as affiliated institutions such as the VA, CHOA, and Grady.
Participants must commit to attending the kick-off event on Wednesday September 12 from 3-5pm (time is tentative, could start as early as 2pm), all six workshops, and project mentoring meetings held once monthly from October 2018 – March 2019. Workshop sessions will be from 1-5pm. Exact dates are listed on the fellowship website. Workshops will be held in a learning space at Executive Park, near I-85 and North Druid Hills Road. Parking there is free. Applicants who know in advance that they will miss a session should note this in their personal statement on the online application.
The project idea does not have to be fully developed in the application. A few sentences about who you teach/supervise/mentor and what you either would like to evaluate about what you currently do or what you want to change/develop and study, will suffice. Knowing the applicants ideas will help us frame the kick-off event and assign mentors. Having an idea to start with will help fellows get the most out of the sessions. We expect project ideas to be fully developed by the end of the six workshops, with an IRB proposal ready to submit by that time (we assume most projects will require some form of IRB approval). We expect that some participants will change projects after the fellowship begins as they think through their original ideas.
All projects start with something (e.g., teaching, assessment, curriculum, supervision, mentoring) in the investigator’s educational environment that the investigator wants to study. Choose something important to you. There is a wide range of project types, from doing a systematic or scoping review on an important educational topic (e.g., what are key features of faculty development initiatives designed to promote educational research skills development & educational scholarship in medical education?), needs assessments (e.g., how do health professions students at Emory view their current interprofessional education opportunities?), retrospective data analyses (e.g., have residents incorporated new practice guidelines into their care of continuity clinic patients over the past 2 years?), validation studies (e.g., establishing the reliability and validity of a new tool to assess medical student oral case presentations), educational intervention studies (e.g., does instituting a day long workshop on communication skills improve medical students’ ability to counsel patients on lifestyle changes?).
Yes, if two or more people want to do a project together and apply as a group, each group member should complete an application but note the group project and members in the description of project section.
Educational scholarship would include any previous studies of educational interventions, presentations on educational topics, participation in courses/sessions on education in health sciences.
Yes, there will be CME and CNE credit for the workshop sessions.
This would include any teaching, mentoring, advising, curriculum development, program oversight, or other activities related to education in your field.