Academic Medicine

Skip Navigation LinksHome > December 2012 - Volume 87 - Issue 12 > Preparing Students to Be Academicians: A National Student-L...
Academic Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e318271cfd6
Careers in Academic Medicine

Preparing Students to Be Academicians: A National Student-Led Summer Program in Teaching, Leadership, Scholarship, and Academic Medical Career-Building

Coleman, Michelle M. MD; Blatt, Benjamin MD; Greenberg, Larrie MD

Collapse Box


Medical schools have the responsibility of producing future leaders in academic medicine, yet few students choose academic medicine as a career. In 2009, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences joined forces to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to careers in academic medicine through the redesign of an existing annual summer program for medical students. Since 2004, AMSA had hosted the Medical Education Leadership Institute, a weeklong program that attracted medical students from across the country who were interested in gaining teaching skills. In the redesigned sixth annual program, the authors expanded the curriculum to include principles of leadership, of medical education scholarship (or project development), and of academic medicine career-building. The purpose of this article is to describe the features of this comprehensive program and to share the lessons learned from its development and implementation. The authors also describe the multifaceted approach they used to evaluate the program, which featured a rubric they derived from social cognitive career theory.

© 2012 Association of American Medical Colleges


Article Tools


Article Level Metrics