Maine Medical Center: Fellows of the Academy Application Instructions

Fellow Application Components

1. Online Application Materials

  • Demographic information
  • Cover letter – The following must be explicitly described in two separate sections:
    1. Describe your accomplishments in direct teaching and,
    2. in the other area you have selected from the criterion-based matrix.
  • Curriculum Vitae

2. Letter of nomination from an Academy member or educational leader at MH or its educational partners. This letter must explicitly address the following in four separate sections:

  • Your relationship with the nominee (e.g., colleague, supervisor, mentor, etc) and how long you have known and worked with the nominee (in what capacities).
  • Why you believe the nominee has met the criteria for excellence in direct teaching. Include a description of the opportunities you have had to directly observe her/his teaching and why you think his/her teaching has improved the clinical practice of students, residents, fellows and practicing physicians.
  • The nominee has selected one other area of demonstrated excellence. Please provide evidence of why you think the nominee has demonstrated excellence in this area.
  • Please provide any other information you think that makes the nominee eligible for being a Fellow of the Academy.

Criterion Based Matrix Fellow Nomination Categories

Areas of Excellence

Direct teaching, including didactic and/or clinical teaching of medical students, residents, fellows or peers.

  • Evidence of Excellence: Improvement in the clinical practices of the learners.
  • Supporting Information: Teaching awards, summary of student evaluations, letters from students, reports of peer / supervisor direct observation of teaching performance.

1. Instructional development, course and curriculum design

  • Evidence of Excellence: Creates outstanding courses / curricula that have received excellent and consistent evaluations from learners; courses / curricula have been introduced at other institutions.
  • Supporting Information: Portfolio of materials related to the course or curriculum. Student reviews. Portfolio of materials related to presentations on the course / curricula innovation. Examples of enduring teaching materials (e.g., MedEdPortal submissions).

2. Mentoring

  • Evidence of Excellence: Protégés have advanced to significant positions of educational leadership and teaching excellence.
  • Supporting Information: Letters of support from current and former protégés, documentation of the accomplishments of protégés.

3. Scholarly activity

  • Evidence of Excellence: Following Boyer’s typology of scholarly work:
    • Integration – the intellectual synthesis through review papers and book chapters disseminated nationally.
    • Application – addressing practical application through protocols and guidelines that are adopted locally and nationally.
  • Supporting Information: Publications in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, presentations at national meetings, participation in specialty society development of protocols and guidelines; dissemination of education materials outside of MMC (e.g., MedEdPortal, specialty society meetings, etc).

4. Education research

  • Evidence of Excellence: Original investigations on educational research published in peer reviewed journals.
  • Supporting Information: Education research publications, editorials on education research research, research grants.

5. Educational administration and leadership

  • Evidence of Excellence: Current or past positions of leadership, e.g. clerkship director, residency or fellowship director, etc.
  • Supporting Information: Letters of support from supervisors (e.g., department chair for a residency program director), results of external or internal program reviews, achievements of students applying to and graduating from the program.