APA Educational Scholars Program

The mission of the APA Educational Scholars Program is to assist pediatric educators in developing themselves as productive, advancing and fulfilled faculty members and to increase the quality, status and visibility of pediatric educators in academia.

This program is offered to members of the Academic Pediatric Association who wish to earn a Certificate of Excellence in Educational Scholarship. The curriculum includes didactic sessions, self-directed learning activities, development of an educator portfolio, and a mentored project. Scholars are expected to complete the full curriculum, including projects, over 3-4 years.

Previous scholars have made the following comments about the impact of program participation on their careers:

  • "The Educational Scholars Program has been incredibly valuable to me. I have participated in several faculty development activities over the last 10 years and the ESP stands out as a highlight."

    "The ESP faculty and program leaders are outstanding educators. They are committed to providing a top notch educational and mentoring experience for faculty who are passionate about educational scholarship. I've made many strong professional connections with other scholars in the program which has now developed into an important peer mentoring network for all of us."

    "I believe the ESP was instrumental in providing me the tools to showcase my educational work and contributed significantly to my academic promotion last year."

  • The next cycle of ESP applications will be for the 2019-2022 cohort. The application process will open in the summer of 2018, with an October 2018 deadline.

July 2017 Newsletter Article

Melissa Klein, MD MEd, has become the new Director of the Educational Scholars Program! Melissa, an ESP Cohort 2 graduate, is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Our Past Director, Connie Baldwin, will share leadership roles in the coming year, while Melissa learns how our program operates.

We have many exciting plans for expanding the activities of the program, particularly in the area of educational research collaborations. We plan to create an educational scholars network to help current scholars and alumni connect around various aspects of educational scholarship. In addition, we are considering offering educational consultations to future applicants who are developing ESP project proposals. We believe this will give our scholars a head start on planning a high quality project with excellent prospects for completion within 3 years of program enrollment. We also planning several ESP-sponsored workshops on educational scholarship, to create a more fertile ground for academic excellence across the pediatric educational community. We believe that these additions will make the ESP more rewarding for scholars, alumni and faculty.

The ESP's next recruitment year will be 2018. The application website will open on June 1, 2018, and the deadline for completion will be September 1. In the future, our recruitment cycles will occur every 3 years, instead of in 2 out of 3 years, and we will accept 30 scholars in a single cohort, rather than 25 scholars in each of 2 simultaneous cohorts. Even though scholar numbers will be reduced, we will be expanding faculty participation with more opportunities for mentoring/advising, teaching and program-related research.

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