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.





April 2017 Newsletter Article

The Educational Scholars Program celebrated its tenth birthday last May, and this year we are welcoming a new Director to the program! I am delighted to announce that Melissa Klein, MD MEd, has accepted our offer to lead the ESP! She is richly qualified, and has many exciting plans for expanding the activities of the program, particularly in the area of educational research collaborations. She will assume the directorship at the PAS, beginning a year of transition in which she and the current director, Connie Baldwin, will share leadership roles while Melissa learns how our complex program operates.

For those who don't yet know her, Melissa is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati. She is currently Associate Residency Program Director, Director of the General Pediatric Master Educator Fellowship, and Co-Director of the Masters of Education program.  She is a stellar graduate of the ESP from our second cohort. Her ESP project studied the impact of an educational intervention for interns to improve their assessment of family social and economic factors, and she has gone on to create a simulation curriculum for residents on screening families for social determinants of health. In the APA, Melissa is a sought-after mentor and faculty advisor to ESP scholars, a curriculum development leader for the Child Poverty Task Force, and Associate Editor for Education for the APA journal, Academic Pediatrics.  She is well published and well-funded, and mentors many trainees and young faculty. She has demonstrated energy, dedication, and exceptional leadership in her career, winning an impressive array of teaching and advocacy awards. Please join me in welcoming Melissa as the leader of our esteemed community of scholars! We all have high expectations for the future of the program!

The next recruitment year for the ESP 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. These changes will make the program easier to manage and allow us to focus more faculty effort on individual scholars.

Even though scholar numbers will be reduced, we will be expanding faculty participation with more opportunities for mentoring/advising, teaching and program-related research.  For example, our faculty will be offering consultations to future applicants who are developing ESP project proposals, beginning at PAS in 2018. We want to give our scholars a head start on planning a high quality project with excellent prospects for completion within 3 years of program enrollment.  We will also be giving ESP-sponsored workshops on educational scholarship, to create a more fertile ground for academic excellence across the pediatric educational community. We believe that these planned changes will make the ESP more rewarding for scholars, alumni and faculty alike.

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