Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has a great interest in developing leaders among a broad range of scientists, health professionals, and those in law, administration, engineering, and the humanities who are committed to building a healthier world.  As part of its strong commitment to building leadership capacity across diverse disciplines to shape the future of health and medicine, the NAM administers a portfolio of highly regarded health policy fellowships and leadership programs, some of which are listed below.

NAM Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence

This collaborative program in partnership with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies supports up to 10* scholars in a one-year, part-time remote experience to enhance the scholars’ knowledge and skills in diagnostic quality and safety, and accelerate their career development toward becoming national leaders in the field. Scholars build upon the work of the National Academies of Sciences consensus report Improving Diagnosis in Health Care (2015) and propose the implementation of projects that will advance equity, improve diagnosis, and reduce diagnostic errors at the national level.

The 2022-23 Call for Applications is currently open until 3pm ET on March 3, 2022.

*With additional support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, an 11th scholar with a focus on advancing equity and diagnostic excellence for older adults may be selected.

NAM Fellowship

This program allows exceptional early-career health science scholars to participate in evidence-based health care or public health studies that affect the health of the American people. Currently, the program offers seven distinct opportunities across diverse areas of focus through endowments from various sponsors.

The call for nominations for the following fellowships will be available in March 2021:

The call for nominations for the following fellowships will be available in March 2022:

NAM Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine (ELHM) Program

The ELHM Program began in 2016 to increase the NAM’s engagement with exceptional, interdisciplinary early- and mid-career professionals working in biomedical science, population health, health care, health policy, and related fields. The ELHM Program facilitates opportunities for mentorship, collaboration, and innovation between the emerging leaders, NAM members, and experts across sectors.


Direction and technical assistance are provided by the NAM Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs (HPFLP) Office. Please direct inquiries to NAM/HPFLP at: (202) 334-1506 / NAM.Fellows@nas.edu.

NAM Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence

The 2022-23 Call for Applications will open on January 5, 2022.

Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, this collaborative program between the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) is designed to advance equity and develop a cadre of leaders who can drive implementation of effective strategies to raise awareness of diagnosis in medicine, support diagnostic excellence, and reduce diagnostic errors at the national level.  Up to 10* scholars are selected by an NAM-appointed advisory committee to participate in this one-year, part-time remote experience to enhance their knowledge and skills in diagnostic quality and safety, and accelerate their career development in becoming national leaders in the field.

The program seeks exceptional individuals who are interested in focusing on diagnosis-related work from a broad range of disciplines and professions — including physicians, advanced practice clinicians, quality experts, informaticians, and researchers.  The program specifically encourages applications from underrepresented groups in medicine.  For more information, visit the program website at dxexscholars.nam.edu.

*With additional support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, an 11th scholar with a focus on advancing equity and diagnostic excellence for older adults may be selected.

Eligibility

The program seeks exceptional individuals who:

  • Have earned a doctoral degree* in a relevant discipline and completed all post-graduate training
  • Have confirmation from academic department, health system, or equivalent that they have— and can dedicate— sufficient time to participate in the NAM Scholars’ program activities and complete their proposed program in the allotted time
*M.D., D.O., Ph.D., D.N.P., Dr.P.H., etc.

Selection Criteria

Scholars will be selected by an NAM-appointed advisory committee through a national competition on basis of:

  • Record of relevant professional accomplishments and demonstrated leadership in the applicant’s field
  • Potential to advance diagnostic excellence, including diagnostic safety, quality, and equity, and make significant contributions at the national level to reduce diagnostic errors that lead to patient harm
  • The quality and feasibility of the applicant’s program proposal
  • A concise plan for evaluation, dissemination, and implementation of the applicant’s proposed program where applicable (e.g., institution, care setting, professional society) during the one-year program and beyond
Strong preference will be given to candidates whose proposed program objectives advance equity as well as specific recommendations of the 2015 National Academies report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, when applicable.

Application Materials

A complete application packet must be submitted electronically, and will include the following documents:

  • Applicant form
  • A biosketch (no more than 5 pages)
  • A letter from the applicant’s institution or specialty/professional society describing the assistance for implementation and/or dissemination of the applicant’s proposal they intend to provide
  • At least one (1) letter of recommendation from individual(s) who can attest to the applicant’s professional achievements, demonstrated leadership and scholarship, contributions to his/her specialty/discipline, and potential for leadership in diagnostic excellence or to drive diagnostic excellence
  • A detailed program proposal intended to improve clinical diagnosis (no more than 3 pages), which includes:
    • A one- to two-paragraph proposal summary within the 3-page limit
    • Background; proposed solution/implementation; objectives; proposed activities; proposed outcomes; evaluation, dissemination and implementation plan; and specific reference to how it relates to or forwards a National Academies recommendation for improving diagnosis, as noted above, when applicable
While the proposal may be part of a larger effort, the applicant’s proposed program must have a deliverable that is achievable within the time frame and financial resources of the program.

Program Administrator

Inquiries about the NAM Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence should be directed to:

Yumi Phillips
Program Officer
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Email: yphillips@nas.edu / NAM.Scholars@nas.edu

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NAM Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Email:   NAM.Scholars@nas.edu