IOM Anniversary Fellowship sponsored by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation in honor of Dr. John Benson

Type: Fellowship Program
Topics: Education
Board: Health Policy Educational Programs and Fellowships

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Activity Description

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) brings together the most eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country to work together to provide nonpartisan, scientific, and evidence-based advice to national, state, and local policymakers; academic leaders; health care administrators; and the public.  The IOM is uniquely qualified to offer an exceptional learning environment to selected early career faculty and future leaders in medical professionalism through the support of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation in honor of John A. Benson, M.D., an IOM member and past president and Chief Executive Officer of the ABIM.


The overall purpose of the Anniversary Fellowship sponsored by the ABIM Foundation in honor of Dr. John Benson is to enable talented, early career health science scholars to participate actively in the work of the IOM and to further their careers as future leaders in the field.  Those who hold non-tenured faculty positions in any university are eligible for the program.  Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated interest in and focus on medical professionalism as outlined in Medical Professionalism in the New Millennium: A Physician Charter.  It is expected that the fellow’s work at the IOM would explicitly include the goals of medical professionalism and that his/her project and subsequent work back in their home institution would sustain this focus.  The IOM especially welcomes under-represented minority candidates.

Program Description

Each ABIM Foundation-sponsored Anniversary Fellowship will be awarded for a two-year period.  During this time, fellows are expected to continue their work at their main academic posts, while being assigned to a board of the IOM.  The boards are:

Children, Youth, and Families

Food and Nutrition

Global Health

Health Care Services

Health of Select Populations

Health Sciences Policy

Population Health and Public Health Practice

The ABIM Foundation-sponsored Anniversary Fellowship requires a ten-to-twenty percent commitment of time for two years, and includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy, the Fall IOM Annual Meeting and the meetings of the assigned board.  Additionally, fellows will participate actively in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its reports or other products.

This experience will introduce the Anniversary Fellow to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals.  Each fellow will be assigned to an IOM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.

In accordance with the mission of the ABIM Foundation to advance medical professionalism into clinical policy and practice, the fellow is expected to foster medical professionalism as he/she participates actively in the work of the IOM during the two-year fellowship.  Each fellow will prepare a short document every 6 months to report on the fellowship experience to date and his/her contribution in advancing medical professionalism, both as an individual and on behalf of his/her home institution.  These reports will be used to measure the impact and outcome of the fellowship in promoting the mission of the ABIM Foundation. 

A flexible research stipend of $25,000 will be awarded to each fellow.  The stipend will be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution.  Stipends are not intended for use as salary offsets. 

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees for the ABIM Foundation-sponsored Anniversary Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

Nomination by a member of the IOM

Any medical specialty and may include a Ph.D., M.D. or D.O.

Non-tenured member of an academic faculty

Able to dedicate 10 percent to 20 percent of time to the Fellowship for two years

Within the first five years of an initial faculty appointment

Sponsorship by academic department head

Endorsement by the Dean

U.S. citizen or permanent resident status at the time of the nomination

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an IOM-appointed committee according to:

Professional accomplishments including research and publications

Potential for leadership in health policy

Quality of letters of recommendations

Expertise in an area of relevance to the IOM

Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated interest in and focus on medical professionalism, incorporating the principles of primacy of patient welfare, patient autonomy and social justice.

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically to and will include the following documents:

Nomination letter from a member of the IOM

Letters of recommendation and endorsement from: 

Department Chair

Academic Dean

An up-to-date curriculum vitae

A brief one-page bio 



 April 15, 2013  Call for nominations 
 June 15, 2013  Nomination Packets due
 July 1, 2013  Awardees notified
 October 1, 2013  Fellowship begins
 October 20, 2013  Awardees introduced to the Membership;
 Institute of Medicine Annual Meeting
 October 27-31, 2013      Fellow Orientation Week at the Institute of Medicine

Program Administration

Application packets and inquiries about the IOM Anniversary Fellows should be directed to:

Marie E. Michnich, DrPH
Director, Health Policy Educational Programs and Fellowships 
Institute of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506
Fax: (202) 334-3862