American Board of Emergency Medicine Fellowship

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

Activity Description

The Call for Nominations for the 2015 American Board of Emergency Medicine 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 health science 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 Emergency Medicine (ABEM), a new Anniversary Fellowship has been established.  


The overall purpose of the ABEM Fellowship is to provide talented, early-career health science scholars in emergency medicine with the opportunity to experience and participate in evidence-based healthcare or public health studies that improve the care and access to care of patients in domestic and global health care systems. The program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates. Diplomates or Active Candidates for Certification by ABEM, who hold non-tenured faculty positions in any university, are eligible for the program.

Program Description

The ABEM Fellowship is awarded for a two-year period. During this time, the fellow is expected to continue their work at his/her primary academic/research 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 ABEM Fellow to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals.  In addition, 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 ABEM 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 ABEM Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination by a member of the IOM or a board member of the ABEM
  • ABEM Diplomate or meet the emergency medicine credential requirements for board certification
  • Must hold an M.D. or D.O.
  • Two-to-ten years out from completion of post-graduate work
  • Able to dedicate 10 percent to 20 percent of time to the Fellowship for two years
  • 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 or health services
  • Quality of letters of recommendations
  • Expertise in an area of relevance to the IOM

Preference will be given to candidates drawn from the field of Emergency Medicine who have a demonstrated interest in, and focus on, advancing the delivery of emergency care and scholarship related to emergency medicine.

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the IOM or ABEM Board of Directors
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • A supporting letter from the candidate's department chair, institute director, or equivalent
  • 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 ABEM 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