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.

January 2018 Newsletter

Are you interested educational scholarship, building a network of educational colleagues or working with national leaders in pediatric education? If so, the Educational Scholars Program (ESP) is for you!

The ESP is a competitive, national faculty development program for academic pediatricians who wish to build their skills in educational scholarship and leadership. This 3 year program teaches scholars how to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate educational interventions or evaluation methods by a creative, rigorous process, while simultaneously developing a large national network of peers and mentors.

This spring we will be recruiting 30 new scholars for ESP Cohort 9. We are excited that Drs. Donna D'Alessandro and Leora Mogilner will be the new cohort leaders! The application website will open on March 2018, and the submission deadline will be September 2018.

This year, for the first time, we will be offering consultations with ESP faculty for potential applicants at PAS, to discuss your project ideas, or answer questions about the program. Look for an announcement of time and place on the APA Listserve.

Future recruitment cycles will occur every 3 years, so now is the time to begin planning projects for your ESP application and finding mentors at your home institution to support your project work.

For information on eligibility and application details, go to:

http://www.academicpeds.org/education/education_scholars_applicationInfo.cfm. If you have questions about ESP, feel free to email Donna D'Alessandro (donna-dalessandro@uiowa.edu) Leora Mogilner (leora.mogilner@mountsinai.org), MD or Melissa Klein (melissa.klein@cchmc.org) or meet with us or one of the many ESP scholars or faculty at this year's PAS meeting.

We look forward to seeing your application!



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