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 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.

The call for applications will be available from November 13, 2020, through January 20, 2021.


NAM Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence

This new program in partnership with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies will support 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 will 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 improve diagnosis and reduce diagnostic errors at the national level.

The call for applications will be available from January 4 until 3pm ET on March 3, 2021, with the first cohort of scholars to begin their program participation in July 2021.

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:


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 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine’s Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine 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.

The goals of the NAM ELHM program are:

  1. Strengthening NAM by infusing the expertise, perspectives, energy, and enthusiasm of the NAM Emerging Leader into NAM’s programs and meetings
  2. Enhancing the leadership experience, expertise, and opportunities of the NAM Emerging Leaders by:
    1. Integrating Emerging Leaders into NAM programs and meetings.
    2. Creating leadership training, experiences, and mentoring by NAM members and others tailored to the Emerging Leader’s career goals.
    3. Networking with other current and past NAM Emerging Leaders and NAM members.

Each year, NAM selects up to 10 Emerging Leaders Scholars to serve 3-year terms as ELHM Scholars. NAM Emerging Leaders will continue to work at their primary institutions, while participating each year in two NAM Emerging Leaders meetings and the NAM Annual Meeting. Depending on their expertise and interests, NAM Emerging Leaders may also participate in NAM and NASEM activities such as consensus studies, planning committees, thematic workshops, and roundtables.


Program Administration

Inquiries about the NAM Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine should be directed to:

Se Kim, PhD, MBA
Director of Membership and Governance
Phone: (202) 334-2466
Email: skim@nas.edu

or

Gregg S. Margolis, PhD
Director
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Email: gmargolis@nas.edu

NAM Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence

The 2021-22 Call for Applications is open from January 4 until 3pm ET on March 3, 2021.

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) 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 in becoming national leaders in the field. Scholars will build upon the work of the 2015 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, and propose the implementation of programs that will improve diagnosis and reduce diagnostic errors at the national level. For more information, visit the program webpage at nam.edu/diagnosticscholars.


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 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 clear plan for evaluation, dissemination, and implementation of the applicant’s proposed program where applicable (e.g., institution, care setting, professional society)
Strong preference will be given to candidates whose proposed program objectives advance specific recommendations of the 2015 National Academies report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care.


Application Materials

A complete application packet must be submitted electronically through this online application system by 3pm ET on March 3, 2021, and will include the following documents:

  • Applicant form
  • A brief bio (no more than 1 page) and an up-to-date CV
  • A letter of support 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 reference 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
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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