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BIDMC Academy Membership Levels and Responsibilities

As of August 1, 2016:

Academy Members

Faculty members who have a strong record of teaching medical students, residents, fellows, graduate students, and/or other faculty.

  • Requirement for continued membership: Must participate in a minimum of 6 hours HMS-associated professional development activities every academic year, of which 1 hour/year must be a BIDMC Academy activity.

Academy Scholars

In addition to qualifications as an Academy member, Scholars have completed an advanced education training program and/or possess leadership responsibilities for an educational course or program.

  • Requirement for continued membership: Must participate in a yearly minimum of 6 hours of HMS-associated professional development activities, of which 1 hour/year must be a BIDMC Academy activity.
  • Requirement for leadership: Must also demonstrate an ongoing commitment to support the BIDMC Academy as a mentor or teacher (e.g., being observed as a master teacher, leading Academy seminars)

Important: As of August 1, 2016, all faculty, fellows, and residents PGY3+ newly interested in becoming part of the Academy will not be accepted automatically as members. These individuals (called Prospective Members) will be inducted into the BIDMC Academy as full-fledged members upon earning 6 hours (3 hours for residents and fellows) in BIDMC Academy-only activities.

Once inducted, Prospective Members become Academy Members, with the requirements stated above. They are also eligible to become Academy Scholars if they hold leadership responsibilities for an educational course or program.

Examples of BIDMC Academy activities (hours of credit in parentheses) include:

  • BIDMC Academy kick-off (3 hours)
  • Monthly professional development sessions (1.0-1.5 hours)
  • Master Teacher observation (2 hours)
  • Peer observation of teaching (2 hours)
  • 1-on-1 consultation (1 hour)
  • Curriculum Vitae clinic (1 hour)
  • Leading any of the above (1-3 hours, depending on the activity)

HMS-associated professional development activities are defined as HMS, HMS-affiliate or BIDMC “teaching about teaching” or “learning about teaching” activities. These include:

  • Attending an HMS Academy event, activity, or symposium (e.g., medical education grand rounds)
  • Leading or attending a BIDMC department-based faculty development program
  • Presenting a poster at HMS Medical Education Day
  • Please note that all activities must be local with the purpose to enhance teaching excellence. Not counted are CME courses, talks, or conferences directed at clinical topics, regional or national faculty development activities associated with academic societies, HMS Academy Interest Group meetings, or clinical teaching or mentoring of medical students, resident, fellows, or faculty.

For Members and Senior Members of the BIDMC Academy prior to August 1, 2016

  • You will be grandfathered into the requirements of the Academy Members and Scholars of the Academy, respectively, as above, namely a requirement of 6 hours of local faculty development, including 1 BIDMC Academy session. However, if you do not meet these requirements, reinstatement as a member will follow the process for Prospective Members.

Contact Information

The Academy of Medical Educators at BIDMC
330 Brookline Avenue, E/ES2
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
617-667-9120
617-667-9122