Norman F. Gant/American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellowship

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

Activity News and Announcements

Activity Description

The Call for Nominations for the 2015 Norman F. Gant/American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) Fellowship is now closed.

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 scholars and future leaders in medicine and public health.  In commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of the IOM, the Anniversary Fellows program was initiated. Through an endowment from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), the Norman F. Gant/ABOG Fellowship was established.  


The Gant/ABOG Fellowship, is named in honor of Norman F. Gant, M.D., a member of the IOM and a former executive director of ABOG. The overall purpose of the Gant/ABOG Anniversary Fellowship is to enable talented, early career health science scholars in obstetrics and gynecology to participate actively in the work of the IOM and to further their careers as future leaders in the field. The program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates. Diplomates or Active Candidates for Certification by ABOG, who hold non-tenured faculty positions in any university, are eligible for the program.

Program Description

The Gant/ABOG Fellowship will be awarded for a two-year period. During this time, the fellow is expected to continue work at his/her main academic post, 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 fellowship requires a ten-to-twenty percent commitment of time for two years, and includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy in October, the Fall IOM Annual Meeting and the meetings of the assigned board. Additionally, the fellow will participate actively in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its reports or other products. Studies will be identified that would enable the potential for the fellow to contribute to the value of integrating medicine and public health.

This experience will introduce the Gant/ABOG 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.

A flexible research stipend of $25,000 will be awarded to each Gant/ABOG 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 Gant/ABOG Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination by a member of the IOM or the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society or a          Director of the ABOG 
  • Diplomate or Active Candidate for certification by ABOG
  • 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. citizenship 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

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the IOM or the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society or a Director of the ABOG
  • Letters of recommendation and endorsement from:     
    1. Department Chair     
    2. Academic Dean
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio


April 1, 2015           Call for Nominations  
June 8, 2015  Nomination Packets Due 
July 1, 2015  Awardees Notified 
October 19, 2015       Awardees Introduced to the Membership
 at the IOM Annual Meeting 
October 26-30, 2015       Fellow Orientation Week at IOM 

Program Administration

Inquiries about the Gant/ABOG Fellowship should be directed to:

Marie E. Michnich, DrPH
Senior 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