American Society of Hematology

ASH Medical Educators Institute

The 2018 application cycle is now open.

Hematology training program for junior faculty and senior fellows

"During fellowship, I naturally developed an interest in research and how to apply that to medical education. I have found this workshop particularly useful and complimentary in that it provides you not only with the tools to make your educational project successful, but with the help on how to use those tools. This is a must-attend workshop for anyone interested in medical education."Adolfo Enrique Diaz Duque, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2017 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 and fellows interested 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.

The 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 and fellows who are new to or in the early phases of medical education careers. The training is designed to build skills and position junior faculty and senior fellows 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. Workshop: The program begins with a mandatory kick-off dinner in Washington, DC, followed by a three-day, in-person workshop at ASH Headquarters. ASH covers the costs of travel to the program, lodging, and meals for accepted applicants.
  2. Webinar series: The webinars supplement the MEI curriculum by covering the medical educator core competencies not addressed during the in-person workshop. The series begins with pre-workshop webinars and extends over the six months following the workshop.
  3. Mentorship: Program faculty assist participants in the completion of a scholarly project and provide career guidance throughout the duration of the program.

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.
  • Create a valuable network of medical education experts and colleagues.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application AvailableFebruary 1, 2018
Application DeadlineMarch 30, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PT
Finalists NotifiedJune 2018
WorkshopOctober 2-5, 2018
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2018 Program Faculty and Curriculum

Leslie Ellis, MD, MSHPEd
Wake Forest Baptist Health
ASH MEI Co-Director

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


Please check back in mid-2018 for the 2018 MEI curriculum. In the meantime, please see the 2017 workshop program and a list of past MEI participants and faculty.

Highlights of the in-person workshop curriculum include:

  • Understanding program design and implementation
  • Developing strategies for program evaluation
  • Learning educational research design in hematology
  • Supplementing leadership and career advancement
  • Strategies of becoming an effective mentor


ASH welcomes all members to register for the upcoming MEI webinar series. More details about the individual webinars will be released as they are confirmed.

Webinar TopicDate
An Overview of Different Models Used to Aid in Curriculum DesignFebruary 28, 2018, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Promoting Faculty Well-BeingMarch 2018
Converting Teaching Into Educational Scholarship Through PublishingApril 18, 2018, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Financing Medical EducationMay 2018
Grounded Theory in Medical Education ResearchJune 2018
Conducting Medical Education Research With a Small "n"July 2018
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Eligibility Requirements

The ASH Medical Educators Institute is open to fellows and faculty who see medical education as a major part of their professional roles. 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 any 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 prior to the start of the ASH MEI program.
    • You will be in your last year of fellowship training during the ASH MEI program.

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

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Application Requirements

The Medical Educators Institute application, as well as all supporting documents outlined below, must be submitted electronically through ASH's online awards portal.

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.

Required Documents

All applications must include the following:

  • Scholarly project proposal and references
  • Applicant's career-development plan
  • Applicant's curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Letter of support from division chief or training program director
  • Letter of support from mentor
  • Mentor's CV

For more information about the required documents, please see the Required Documents PDF.

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Evaluation, Selection, and 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 and mentor 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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