MERITS Fellowship in Medical Education

The MERITS (Medical Education Research, Innovation, Teaching, and Scholarship) Fellowship & Training Programs in Medical Education will provide postgraduate fellows with the conceptual and practical skills required for successful future careers as medical education scholars and leaders. Fellows will participate in a curriculum drawn from the various fields to develop innovative teaching methods, and undertake successful program implementation and evaluation. The goal of MERITS is to develop educational leaders and scholars through participation in a focused curriculum, research in medical education workshops, mentored projects, and active engagement with a rich network of colleagues and faculty in an environment of collaborative learning and support.

Overview of MERITS Programs

One Year Faculty Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Candidates must be faculty members at the University of Chicago or NorthShore University HealthSystem. Or candidates must be enrolled in and supported by a University of Chicago or NorthShore University HealthSystem Chief Residency or Fellowship.
  • Certificate of Completion.

Two-Year Funded Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Candidates for the two-year, full-time fellowship must be board-eligible or at the PGY-level commensurate with a two-year research experience in their existing graduate medical education program.
  • External and Internal Applicants welcomed; University of Chicago affiliation is not required.
  • Certificate of Completion or Master’s Degree in Public Policy or Health Studies possible.

Two-Year GME Medical Education Scholarly Track

  • Eligibility: Applications will be considered from rising PGY2 residents in certain programs (e.g., Internal Medicine and Pediatrics) and for residents in their research years in others (for instance, applications will also be considered from General Surgery residents entering their research PGY5 and PGY6 years).
  • Certificate of Completion.

For additional inquiries please contact Elizabeth Rodriguez.

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MERITS Steering Committee Members

  • Holly J. Humphrey, MD, Ralph W. Gerard Professor in Medicine, Dean for Medical Education, and Executive Director, MERITS Program
  • Peter Angelos, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery
  • Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director, MERITS Two-Year Fellowship
  • Anita Blanchard, MD, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Halina Brukner, MD, Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Medical School Education
  • Nancy Schindler, MD, MHPE, E. Stephen Kurtides, MD, Chair of Medical Education, Clinical Professor of Surgery, Vice Chairman of Education, Department of Surgery, NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Mark Siegler, MD, Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
  • Michael Simon, MD, Professor of Surgery and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education