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UW MERC Scholars Applications Due

CLIME is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 2019-2020 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) Scholars Program at the University of Washington (UW). The program begins in January 2019 and continues through June 2020. Applications are due by November 15th, 2018. 

PURPOSE 
To advance health professions education scholarship and scholarly collaboration at the University of Washington. 

CURRICULUM
Faculty accepted into CLIME’s MERC Scholars Program will participate in longitudinal program activities that include required workshops, meetings with mentors, and additional sessions (as needed) to complete a scholarly project. We have redesigned our MERC Scholars Program to focus on team-based projects, intensive mentorship from national leaders in health professions education research, and dedicated time for project design and implementation.

More information about MERC and its workshop descriptions can be found here: https://www.aamc.org/members/gea/merc/

LOGISTICS
Faculty must be able to commit to attending 7, full-day collaborative sessions over an 18-month period. Food will be provided and attendance must be in-person at the UW Health Sciences Library in Seattle. All sessions will be hands-on and require active participation:

  1. Introductory session: Formulate group projects and project teams and identify local mentors. 

  2. MERC workshops spread over 5 sessions: Invited experts present a nationally-accredited curriculum in the morning and provide project consultation in the afternoon. Session 5 will have two MERC workshops without consultation time. 

  3. Final Session: Present project abstracts at the  CLIME annual symposium.

CLIME’s monthly Work-in-Progress sessions are available: http://clime.washington.edu/work-in-progress/

SESSION 1
January 10, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Health Sciences Library, UW-Seattle
Facilitator: Lynne Robins PhD, Jonathan Ilgen MD MCR, and Joshua Jauregui MD (UW)
Workshop: Introductions, project collaboration and mentor identification

SESSION 2
January 17, 2019 | 8:30am - 4:00 pm | Health Sciences Library, UW-Seattle
Facilitator: Judy Shea PhD (Univ. of Pennsylvania SOM)
Workshop: Formulating Research Questions and Designing Studies

SESSION 3
April 19, 2019 | 8:30am - 4:00 pm | Health Sciences Library, UW-Seattle
Facilitator: TBD
Workshop: Qualitative Analysis Methods

SESSION 4
October 2019 | 8:30am - 4:00 pm | Health Sciences Library, UW-Seattle
Facilitator: TBD
Workshop: Questionnaire Design and Survey Research

SESSION 5 
January 2020 | 8:30am - 4:00 pm | Health Sciences Library, UW-Seattle
Facilitator: TBD
Workshop: Measuring Educational Outcomes with Reliability & Validity | Program Evaluation and Evaluation Research

SESSION 6
April 2020 | 8:30am - 4:00 pm | Health Sciences Library, UW-Seattle
Facilitator: TBD
Workshop: Scholarly Writing: Publishing Medical Education Research

CLIME SYMPOSIUM
June 2020 | 8:30am - 1:00 pm | TBD, Seattle
Abstract presentation to the CLIME community at the annual CLIME symposium.

APPLY NOW
Space is limited to 30 participants*. To indicate your interest in the program, please submit the following by November 15th

  1. Complete the Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/hqlZhUPaRg0oQyoj1

  2. Email your CV (and team member CVs) to: clime@uw.edu

*To foster community and collaboration, priority will be given to participants who intend to complete all 7 sessions between January 2019 and June 2020. Otherwise, participants will be enrolled on a "first-come, first served" basis.  If faculty interest exceeds the available spots, participants will be placed on waiting lists and notified if/when openings become available. 

NOTE 
Historically, participants have traveled to national/regional conferences to complete 6 MERC workshops in multiple sittings without opportunities to foster collaboration with peers at their home institution. However, to make this process more efficient and less costly for interested UW faculty, CLIME packages these workshops into a local experience free-of-charge. The AAMC requires that faculty members cover the $100 cost to obtain the MERC program certificate once they complete the program.

Please contact clime@uw.edu with any questions.