APA Educational Scholars Program Description
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should apply?
This program targets present or future faculty in academic pediatrics who wish to build their skills in educational scholarship. Applicants must be a member of the Academic Pediatric Association. The selection of participants will be based on a review of the application materials described below and a determination of the applicant's ability to successfully complete all of the components of the program.In Fall 2011, applications will be accepted for 18 scholar positions. Pediatric generalists, hospitalists, and faculty from all pediatric subspecialties are welcome.
What is Educational Scholarship?
Educational scholarship is the development, implementation, evaluation and/or dissemination of educational interventions or evaluation methods by a creative, planned and rigorous process that is consistent with best practices in the field and reviewed by peers for excellence.
What are the requirements for completion of the APA Educational Scholars Program?
To complete the program and receive a Certificate of Excellence in Educational Scholarship, participants will be required to:
- Enlist the support of your department for the program: Scholars will be expected to commit 10% FTE to the program in order to complete the full curriculum, including projects, over 3 years. A tuition fee of $5,000 will be charged to all scholars for their three years in the program, due at time of enrollment. An additional application fee of $50 is charged at the time of submission of the application.
- Attend the full duration of three instructional sessions (9 hrs each over three years) at the PAS meeting. This didactic component of the program is offered each year for three consecutive years. Each course will be presented on the final day of the PAS meeting. The courses will include both presentation of concepts and practical, hands-on activities with many opportunities for collegial interactions.
- Review 2 workshops or other structured educational activities at PAS (or an equivalent professional meeting) in Year 1 of the program. These activities may be workshops, symposia, or other organized educational activity at the PAS, APPD, COMSEP, PHM or similar national meetings.
- Develop an Educator Portfolio. Review and feedback on educator portfolios will be provided by ESP faculty advisors.
- Conduct a mentored educational project and provide evidence of a successfully peer reviewed presentation or publication related to the project. The self-directed, experiential component of the program will be a mentored project related to education, in most cases conducted at the Scholar's home institution. Applications to the program must include a project proposal. For examples of suitable project topics, click here. Development of creative content and formats for educational projects is encouraged. Program faculty are available for discussion of project ideas prior to application submission, if needed. Projects may be modified after enrollment in the program after discussion with the project mentor and the project monitor and approval of the new topic by the ESP director.
- Scholars are responsible for finding their own mentors before they apply. If you are unable to do so, program administrators will facilitate connection with a mentor. For assistance in identifying a mentor, contact the APA Office at least one month prior to the application deadline. Each Scholar will also be assigned a faculty advisor to review educator portfolios and provide career counseling. For certification of completion of the Program, projects must culminate in a peer-reviewed publication or presentation at meetings of the PAS, AAMC, or an equivalent organization.
How to apply?
Application instructions can be found at this link. The application includes a personal information sheet, an agreement to participate and commitment to pay the $5000 one time tuition fee, statements from supervisor and mentor, letters of reference, and a brief biographical sketch, as well as a project description. The applicant must submit this information electronically, as described on the application webpage, with an application fee of $50.
Who is leading this program?
This Educational Scholars Program is sponsored by the Academic Pediatric Association, and is managed by the Academic Pediatric Association's Educational Scholars Program Executive Committee, directed by Constance Baldwin (email@example.com) and
L. Chandran (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Maryellen Gusic (email@example.com).
Staff Contact:Connie Mackay
APA National Office