The Academy at Boston Childrens Hospital

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Mission Statement

The Academy at Boston Children's Hospital's mission is to foster the continuous improvement of teaching and learning at BCH through its support of educational leadership and innovation.

The Academy at Boston Children's Hospital was created to:

  • promote excellence and innovation in teaching and medical education
  • offer support to medical educators in the form of: seminars and workshops, print and electronic resources
  • advance assessment programs in medical education, including peer assessment
  • facilitate the mentoring of junior faculty
  • promote interdepartmental and multidisciplinary educational programs
  • develop materials for national/international dissemination
  • foster recognition of Boston Children's teachers locally and as national/international leaders
  • for further information, please contact

2012-13 Call For Applications

The Boston Children's Academy accepts applications for scholar members once a year, although additional applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with approval of the director. Scholar membership is contingent upon the proposal of a feasible medical education project. Trainees, with an interest in medical education and who will be at Boston Children's Hospital for at least the next academic year, are encouraged to apply. Mentor members need not have their own medical education project, but must commit to mentoring scholars.

Benefits and Responsibilities of Academy Membership
Benefits of membership in The Academy at include:

  • access to mentoring
  • opportunity for networking and interactions with clinical, basic and translational faculty
  • workshops/seminars/retreats
  • resource groups
  • access to HMS Academy events and resources
  • important addition to CV

Responsibilities of scholar membership in The Academy at Boston Children's Hospital include:

  • make progress toward completion of the project proposed in your application
  • submit yearly progress reports to the Academy at Boston Children's Board
  • share knowledge and ideas with other members of The Academy and the community of medical educators at Boston Children's Hospital
  • mentor other medical educators, especially in your Department (Division)
  • keep your Department (Division) informed regarding issues and events relevant to medical education
  • encourage interested faculty to join the Academy at Boston Children's to participate actively in Academy at BCH events (seminars, retreats, meetings, etc.) whenever possible

Continued membership is contingent upon Academy Board approval of yearly progress report on educational project and scholarship, or mentoring.

Department Chief Approval Form (PDF)
Department Chief Approval Form (Word doc.)

Mentor Application 2013 (Word doc.)

Scholar Application 2013 (Word doc.)

The Academy at Boston Children's Hospital Membership List

Announcement from Harvard Medical School

The Academy at Harvard Medical School is pleased to announce a Request for Applications for two-year fellowships in medical education research for the Fellowship Period September 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014. The Academy Fellowship in Medical Education Research provides educators with opportunities to develop the expertise and skills needed to advance academic careers in medical education and medical education research. Clinical fellows or surgery residents who are beginning the research portion of their fellowship/residency are eligible for this fellowship.
Learners participating in the Fellowship will: develop analytical and research skills in medical education; acquire working knowledge of key theories and methods to carry out rigorous research in medical education; complete one major group project and one individual project related to medical education.
APPLICATIONS DUE: 5 PM Friday, June 8, 2012

For RFA and complete information, see The Academy at Harvard Medical School website:

Congratulations to our 2012 Boston Children's Hospital Academy Award Recipients

  • Catherine Allan, MD, Department of Cardiology, Improving Performance of Emergent ECMO Cannulation in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Using High-Fidelity Simulation
  • Holly Gooding, MD, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Medicine, An Educational Intervention to Increase Preventive Health Services Provided to Adolescents and Young Adults by Internal Medicine Physicians

2011 Boston Children's Hospital Academy Award Recipients:
Evaluating Clinical Skills of First Year Anesthesia Residents: Richard H. Blum, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

360-Degree Assessment for Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Fellows: 
Elizabeth G. Doherty, MD, Division of Newborn Medicine

Resources from BCH Academy Medical Education Retreats

Related Websites

Boston Children’s Hospital Quality and Safety
Boston Children's Hospital Office of Fellowship Training
HMS Academy Center for Teaching and Learning
Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

The Academy at Boston Children's Hospital Board:

Alan Leichtner, MD; Director; Division of Gastroenterology/Nutrition

Stuart Goldman, MD; Associate Director, Department of Psychiatry
Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD, Division of Adolescent Medicine
Vincent Chiang, MD, Division of Emergency Medicine
S. Jean Emans, MD, Office of Faculty Development and Adolescent Medicine
Laurie Fishman, MD, Division of Gastroenterology/Nutrition
Craig Lillehei, MD, Department of Surgery
Frederick Lovejoy, MD, Department of Medicine
Maxine Milstein, MBA, Office of Faculty Development
Joshua Nagler, MD, Division of Emergency Medicine
Elizabeth Rider, MD, MSW, Department of Medicine, Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice
Ted Sectish, MD, Department of Medicine, Director of Residency Program
Debra Weiner, MD, Division of Emergency Medicine
Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD, Department of Anesthesia 

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