Rabkin Fellowship

The Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education was established in 1998 to provide faculty with an opportunity to develop the expertise and skills needed to launch or advance academic administration.

Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education
Request for Applications
Fellowship Period: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

The Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is pleased to announce a Request for Applications for a one-year Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education for academic year 2020-2021.

  • HMS faculty who are able to secure 20% protected time during AY2020-2021
  • BIDMC-based clinical fellows who are able to dedicate 20% protected time during AY2020-2021 (up to one position available)

*Faculty who have previously completed a medical education fellowship or master’s degree of similar scope should provide a substantive rationale for applying.

Goals of the Fellowship

Established in 1998 in honor of Mitchell Rabkin, MD, CEO emeritus of Beth Israel Hospital, the Fellowship provides individuals with an opportunity to develop the expertise and skills needed to launch or advance academic careers in medical education and educational leadership. The fellowship encompasses the breadth of medical education, from foundational theory to practical application to skills critical to career advancement (mentoring, publishing, change management).

The Rabkin Fellowship is directed by Grace Huang, MD. Rabkin alumni and invited experts in medical education, including Dr. Charles Hatem, founding director of the Rabkin Fellowship, facilitate selected seminar sessions and provide support to the fellows.

In this Fellowship, participants will:

  • Enhance their skills as medical educators
  • Conduct education research or undertake an educational project in an important area of medical education, including UME, GME, and CME/faculty development
  • Learn the principles of effective academic leadership and develop the skills needed to create educational change
  • Become members of a community of educators dedicated to excellence in teaching across the continuum of medical education
Rabkin Fellowship Content and Structure
  1. The Rabkin Fellowship involves participation in weekly, two-hour seminars over a nine-month period on Friday mornings. The curriculum covers a broad spectrum of contemporary issues in medical education, including:
    • Application of adult learning theories to clinical teaching
    • Curriculum development
    • Learner assessment and program evaluation
    • Classroom, case-based and clinical teaching skills
    • Publishing in medical education
    • Educational leadership
  2. Experiential learning is a cornerstone of the Fellowship. Fellows are videotaped while teaching, engage in role plays, lead case-based discussions and create educational products.
  3. Fellows spend the year developing an educational project or research study in medical education. They will select an external mentor to help guide their project or research work. All fellows present their projects at a concluding symposium.
  4. Fellows also participate in joint sessions in medical education research with Fellows from the HMS Academy Medical Education Fellowship, HMS Academy Medical Education Research Fellowship, Mount Auburn Medical Education Fellowship, and students in the Masters in Medical Education program on Friday mornings during the Fellowship year.
Project Proposals

We place priority on projects that involve innovative teaching strategies, can be realistically implemented and evaluated, and represent a generalizable contribution to medical education. Additional topics of high interest include:

  • Learning Environment
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Critical thinking
  • High Value Care
  • Interprofessional Training
  • Clinical Feedback
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Simulation
Financial Support

Applicants must commit 20% of their total work effort toward the Fellowship Program, including securing protected time in their schedules to attend all weekly seminars and complete assignments and project work.

A stipend of $25,000 is provided to Rabkin Fellows whose primary hospital appointments are at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The Shapiro Institute disburses the stipend to the fellow’s departmental budget in partial remuneration for the protected time.

Non-BIDMC HMS faculty who are accepted will not receive a stipend from BIDMC but should instead be supported by the sponsoring Harvard-affiliated institution.

Selection Process

The selection committee is composed of both HMS and BIDMC educational leadership. There are two rounds; only a subset of applicants will be asked to interview with members of the committee. Selection criteria include:

  • A track record of accomplishment in medical education and a current venue for teaching at HMS (e.g., medical students, residents, fellows)
  • Current educational leadership and academic potential as a scholar
  • A clear rationale for how the Fellowship will help achieve one's professional goals
  • A well-articulated, feasible project proposal of broad-based value to the community of medical educators

In choosing the Fellowship class, attention is paid to group balance, specialty, and institutional diversity. Applicants in major program leadership positions will receive special consideration.

Please click here for the instructions and application cover sheet.