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The Academy for Innovation in Education at Boston Children's Hospital

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Mission Statement

The Academy for Innovation in Education 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 for Innovation in Education 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

The BCH Academy is requesting applications for membership for the new academic year.  Scholar members must propose a feasible medical education project and be willing to provide annual progress reports.  Residents, fellows, or other trainees who will spend a minimum of one year at BCH may apply.  Mentor members need not have a project, but must commit to mentoring scholars in the BCH Academy, and provide annual progress reports.  The deadline for applications is September 14, 2015.
Links to Scholar and Mentor Applications are below.  Scholar applicants must also submit a signed form acknowledging the support of their Department or Division Chair (link below).  In addition to a completed application, all applicants must submit an updated CV.  
Please send the completed documents to

2015 Department/Division Chief Approval Form - Word Document

2015 Department/Division Chief Approval Form - PDF

2015 Mentor Application - Word Document

2015 Mentor Application - PDF

2015 Scholar Application - Word Document

2015 Scholar Application - PDF

The Boston Children's Academy for Innovation in Education 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 for Innovation in Education 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.

BCH Academy for Innovation in Education Award Recipients

Mentor Award:
David Brown, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Cardiology

Scholar Award:
Christy Cummings, MD, Instructor in Pediatrics in the Division of Newborn Medicine
Project title: Ethics and Professionalism Curriculum for Neonatal-Perinatal Fellows and Its Assessments

Robert P. Masland, Jr., Teaching Award:
Yee-Ming Chan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology

Stephen Brown, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology
Project Title: “Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills for Radiologists”

Traci Wolbrink, MD, MPH, Instructor in Anesthesia, Division of Critical Care
Project Title: “OPENPediatrics”

Christopher Landrigan, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Pediatrics
Project Title: Mentorship in Medical Education"

Debra Boyer, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,Division of Respiratory Diseases
Project Title: "Development of a Pediatric Pulmonary Fellow Boot Camp and Education and Service at an Academic Children’s Hospital"

Rebecca Vieira, MD, Instructor in Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine
Project Title: "Curriculum for Emergency Ultrasound Rotation for Pediatric Emergency Medicine First Year Fellow"

Catherine Allan, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Cardiology, 
Project Title: "Improving Performance of Emergent ECMO Cannulation in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Using High-Fidelity Simulation"

Holly Gooding, MD, Instructor in Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine 
Project Title: "An Educational Intervention to Increase Preventive Health Services Provided to Adolescents and Young Adults by Internal Medicine Physicians"

Richard H. Blum, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Project title: "Evaluating Clinical Skills of First Year Anesthesia Residents"

Elizabeth G. Doherty, MD, Instructor in Pediatrics,Division of Newborn Medicine
Project Title: "360-Degree Assessment for Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Program"

The CHB Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice: David Browning, MSW; Elaine Meyer, RN, PhD; Elizabeth Rider, MD, MSW; Robert Truog, MD

Jennifer Kesselheim, MD, Instructor in Pediatrics, Division of Hematology-Oncology
Project Title: “Physician Performance Assessment: Development of a Novel Instrument for Trainees”

Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Project Title:  "The Children’s Hospital Boston Simulator Program - A Hospital-based, Collaborative, Training and Education Research Laboratory"

Related Websites

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 for Innovation in Education at Boston Children's Hospital Steering Committee:

Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPEd; Director of the Academy for Innovation in Education; Associate Chief, 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
George Taylor, MD, Department of Radiology
Debra Weiner, MD, Division of Emergency Medicine
Peter Weinstock, MD, PhD, Department of Anesthesia 

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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