Rabkin Fellows named
The Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at BIDMC has announced the 2012-2013 Rabkin Fellows in Medical Education, a training program that offers participants to develop their teaching skills.
The class includes Caryn Dutton, MD, MS, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Elizabeth Farrell, MD, Hospital Medicine, BIDMC; David Fessler MD, MPH, General Medicine and Primary Care, Infectious Disease, BIDMC; Stewart Lecker, MD, PhD, Nephrology, BIDMC; Michele Walters, MD, Radiology, Children's Hospital Boston; and Mark Wyers, MD, Vascular Surgery, BIDMC.
"The Rabkin Fellowship not only provides the fellows with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective teachers and leaders in medical education, it also fosters a growing and vibrant community of educators - one that serves as a rich source of support, advice and research collaboration," says Christopher Smith, MD, a co-director of the program.
The Rabkin Fellowship was established in 1998 to provide Harvard Medical School faculty with dedicated time to develop further the expertise and skills needed to launch or advance academic careers in medical education and/or academic administration. The Fellowship in Medicine Education is named for Mitchell T. Rabkin, MD, the CEO emeritus of Beth Israel Hospital.
Rabkin Fellows are required to undertake an analytic study, research or an educational project focusing on an important issue in medical education. Fellows select a mentor to help guide their work in developing this project. The fellows provide additional support and peer review for each others' projects over the course of the year. Rabkin Fellows present the results of their projects in a written report as well as orally at a concluding symposium.
The Fellows have welcomed the opportunity to grapple with medical education topics not typically considered in their usual roles within the academic medical center. The Fellowship provides an experiential learning laboratory in which the Fellows can implement the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for organizational change and leadership with peer and faculty feedback and support. Many graduates of the program have subsequently led significant curricular and programmatic changes at their respective affiliated institutions. Moreover, a number of graduates have assumed educational leadership positions at the local, regional and national levels.
"Our evaluation of the Fellowship shows that the program fosters the graduates' sense of identity as medical educators as well as the skills necessary to enhance their personal and professional development," says co-director Lori Newman.