APA Educational Scholars Program

The mission of the APA Educational Scholars Program is to assist pediatric educators in developing themselves as productive, advancing and fulfilled faculty members and to increase the quality, status and visibility of pediatric educators in academia.

This program is offered to members of the Academic Pediatric Association who wish to earn a Certificate of Excellence in Educational Scholarship. The curriculum includes didactic sessions, self-directed learning activities, development of an educator portfolio, and a mentored project. Scholars are expected to complete the full curriculum, including projects, over 3-4 years.

Previous scholars have made the following comments about the impact of program participation on their careers:

  • "The Educational Scholars Program has been incredibly valuable to me. I have participated in several faculty development activities over the last 10 years and the ESP stands out as a highlight."

    "The ESP faculty and program leaders are outstanding educators. They are committed to providing a top notch educational and mentoring experience for faculty who are passionate about educational scholarship. I've made many strong professional connections with other scholars in the program which has now developed into an important peer mentoring network for all of us."

    "I believe the ESP was instrumental in providing me the tools to showcase my educational work and contributed significantly to my academic promotion last year."

  • The next cycle of ESP applications will be for the 2019-2022 cohort. The application process will open in March of 2018, with an September 2018 deadline.

April 2018 Newsletter

Are you interested in educational scholarship, building a network of educational colleagues or working with national leaders in pediatric education? The Educational Scholars Program (ESP) is now recruiting! The ESP is a competitive national faculty development program for academic pediatric educators who wish to build their educational scholarship and leadership skills.

We are recruiting 30 new scholars for ESP Cohort 9 – the application site is currently open and the submission deadline is September 10, 2018. The application includes a proposal for a scholarly educational project, as well as CV and letters of support.

Drs. Donna D'Alessandro and Leora Mogilner are excited to lead this new cohort! If you have questions about the ESP or would like help planning a high quality project, please meet ESP faculty and graduates for a consultation session for applicants at PAS on Saturday May 5 from 10:30-12 in the APA Focus Lounge. This is a new activity of the ESP, and we look forward to meeting you and hearing about your educational interests and ideas!

For information on ESP eligibility and application details, go to:


Feel free to contact us at ESP@academicpeds.org, Donna D'Alessandro (donna-dalessandro@uiowa.edu), Leora Mogilner (leora.mogilner@mountsinai.org) or Melissa Klein (melissa.klein@cchmc.org) and follow us on twitter at #BeAScholarESP.

Congratulations to our ESP scholars and faculty!

Our faculty consistently demonstrate ESP- related scholarship with 15 peer reviewed publications about the program. In a recent publication in Academic Medicine, Drs. Baldwin, Gusic and Chandran describe the national impact of the ESP. Drs. Balmer, Darden, Chandran, D'Alessandro and Gusic described the evolution of mentor identity in another publication in Academic Medicine.

We are proud to announce that 15 scholars will graduate this year at PAS after completion of all the program requirements and successful dissemination of their educational work. Please join us in celebrating their accomplishments at the Member Meeting this year at PAS.




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