The University of Washington Department of Emergency Medicine is pleased to offer a two-year Medical Education Research Fellowship for graduates of accredited emergency medicine residency programs who are interested in pursuing academic careers in medical education.

This fellowship is designed for junior faculty seeking personalized mentorship and time to build skills in medical education research methods, teaching, leadership, and curricular development. The fellowship provides dedicated time to develop academic projects, foster collaborations and hone a specific area of expertise within medical education.

Core Components of the Fellowship

Teaching & Leadership Skills Development

Fellows will participate in the University of Washington Teaching Scholars Program during their first year. Additionally, fellows will gain exposure to a multitude of curricular and faculty development initiatives via their appointment as a fellow in UW's Center for Leadership & Innovation in Medical Education (CLIME). 

Fellows will be expected to refine their teaching skills through regular participation in UW’s Emergency Medicine Residency curriculum, as well as numerous opportunities to teach in the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education communities.


Weekly fellowship meetings are designed to encourage fellows to critically read the medical education literature, refine innovative curricular or research projects through peer and mentor feedback, and gain structured exposure to conceptual frameworks that have been applied to medical education scholarship. This curriculum is deliberately flexible, allowing each fellow to explore his/her particular area of interest.

Medical Education Research Skills Development

In addition to the weekly mentorship meetings outlined above, fellows have the opportunity to refine their methodological skills through the AAMC’s Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program on-site at UW. To foster collaboration and regular mentorship for project development, fellows will attend monthly “work-in-progress” sessions sponsored by CLIME designed to support the activities of faculty completing the year-long MERC program.  

Clinical Appointment

Education fellows will be appointed as a “Acting Instructor” at the UW School of Medicine. Fellows will have benefits commensurate with a faculty appointment at the University of Washington. This includes a tuition exemption. Medical education fellows will work as attending physicians for six shifts per month in the Emergency Department at Harborview Medical Center.

Eligibility and Application Process

We are now accepting applications for our 2020-2022 fellowship position. If you are interested in applying, please submit materials by August 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified by August 15th regarding next steps.

There are a wide variety of outstanding EM medical education fellowships, and we are honored by any EM trainee who considers our program as a next step in their professional development. Teaching and supervision of EM trainees is central to our fellowship experience. Because we have a 4-year residency program we only accept fellowship applications from graduates of 4-year programs or from graduates of 3-year programs who have at least 1 year of EM clinical work experience.

We approach the application process for our medical education fellowship in the same fashion as faculty appointments in our department. As a result, we will not be participating in the November 1st, 2021 shared offer date for EM medical education fellowships. We may need to place time restrictions on any offer that we extend to applicants so as to potentially make offers to other candidates before November 1st.

Please contact Kristen Seiler at  to apply, and for any questions regarding the fellowship. 

Applicants are asked to provide:

  1. A curriculum vitae with contact information for three references.
  2. A cover letter outlining their unique reasons for pursing a Medical Education Research Fellowship, as well as their long-term goals as an academic emergency physician.