American Society of Hematology

ASH Medical Educators Institute

Hematology training program for junior faculty

"ASH MEI inspired me on so many levels. I'm leaving the program with new skills and directed goals to become a better medical educator and researcher."Christi Hayes, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 2016 ASH MEI participant

Launching a new course, developing a novel assessment system, and helping fellows advance from good to great are just a few of the rewards of a career focused on medical education. Hematologists in medical education careers add value to the subspecialty by sharing their excitement about hematology with medical students and residents and by ensuring that these same trainees possess the fundamental knowledge of hematology necessary for whatever careers they enter.

ASH Medical Educators Institute (MEI) develops future leaders in hematology education by providing a "boot camp" in teaching techniques, medical education scholarship, and career development for hematologists who are new to or in the early phases of medical education careers. The training is designed to build skills and position junior faculty for successful careers as clinician educators and mentors to future generations of hematologists.

In 2018, the institute will accept 20 participants. The institute consists of three core activities:

  1. A fall workshop. The program begins with a mandatory kick-off dinner in Washington, DC, followed by a three-day workshop at ASH Headquarters. ASH covers the costs of travel to the program, lodging, and meals for accepted applicants.
  2. A webinar series. The live program is extended through a series of webinars over the following 12 months.
  3. Mentorship. Program faculty assist participants in the completion of a scholarly project and provide career guidance.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Design and execute a scholarly project in hematology medical education.
  • Implement additional techniques in their teaching of medical trainees.
  • Identify appropriate next steps in their career development.


Application AvailableFebruary 1, 2018
Application DeadlineMarch 30, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PT
Finalists NotifiedJune 2018
WorkshopOctober 2018
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2017 Program Faculty and Curriculum

Marc J. Kahn, MD, MBA
Tulane University
ASH MEI Co-Director

Jennifer Kesselheim, MD
Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer Institute and Blood Disorders Center
ASH MEI Co-Director

View the 2017 workshop program and a list of past MEI participants and faculty.

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Eligibility Requirements

ASH Medical Educators Institute is open to new medical educators as well as faculty with a new interest in medical education. Participants should have a thirst for exposure to new teaching techniques and a significant interest in scholarship in the field of medical education in hematology.

You are eligible to apply if you meet one of the following requirements:

  • You are an ASH Active member in good standing, and you have a faculty appointment at the time of the fall workshop.
  • You are an ASH Associate member in good standing at the time of your application, and you have a faculty position confirmed to start prior to the start of the ASH MEI program.

To verify your membership status, please log in to your ASH account.

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Application Instructions

Any submission that does not follow the application requirements, is not formatted correctly, is lacking information, has incorrect information, or is lacking required documents will be deemed ineligible and will not be reviewed by the study section. There will be no appeals or consideration for further review once an application has been determined to be ineligible.

Contact with any application questions.

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Evaluation, Selection, Notification

Each application will be reviewed by multiple reviewers. Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The applicant’s insight into modern issues in medical education as demonstrated by the project proposal
  • The strength of institutional support for the applicant
  • The ability of the applicant to complete his/her career development plan
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Terms and Conditions

Each applicant will submit the outline of a scholarly project in medical education as a part of the application. By applying to the program, applicants agree to provide ASH with a copy of the outcome of that scholarly effort for sharing with the hematology education community via the ASH website.

As a condition of acceptance to ASH MEI, participants are required to:

  • Maintain ASH membership for the duration of the program
  • Adhere to all required deadlines
  • Attend the entirety of the in-person program in Washington, DC
  • Attend as many webinars following the in-person program as possible
  • Make airline reservations through EWA Travel, ASH’s travel agent
  • Complete the ASH Conflict-of-Interest form and abide by the ASH COI policy
  • Cite support from the American Society of Hematology in any publications resulting from the ASH MEI project
  • Respond to future inquiries from ASH regarding the participant’s career progression
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If you have any questions regarding the ASH Medical Educators Institute, please email or call 202-776-0544.

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