From the ground up: Creating and leading fellowship programs in emergency medicine

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Emergency Medicine

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Article, Peer-reviewed

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Background: A methodical and evidence-based approach to the creation and implementation of fellowship programs is not well described in the graduate medical education literature. The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) convened an expert panel to promote standardization and excellence in fellowship training. The purpose of the expert panel was to develop a fellowship guide to give prospective fellowship directors the necessary skills to successfully implement and maintain a fellowship program.

Methods: Under direction of the SAEM Board of Directors, SAEM Education Committee, and SAEM Fellowship Approval Committee, a panel of content experts convened to develop a fellowship guide using an evidence-based approach and best practices content method. The resource guide was iteratively reviewed by all panel members.

Results: Utilizing Kern's six-step model as a conceptual framework, the fellowship guide summarizes the construction, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of a novel fellowship curriculum to meet the needs of trainees, educators, and sponsoring institutions. Other key areas addressed include Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and nonaccredited fellowships, programmatic assessment, finances, and recruitment.

Conclusions: The fellowship guide summarizes the conceptual framework, best practices, and strategies to create and implement a new fellowship program.