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Rabkin Fellowship

Advancing Careers in Medical Education

Established in 1998, the Rabkin Fellowship was the first program to provide Harvard Medical School faculty the opportunity to develop necessary skills to launch or advance academic careers in medical education and/or academic leadership. The program is well suited for physicians whose careers include, or will include, a substantial amount of teaching.


Anita Vanka, MD

Celeste Royce, MD

Individuals participating in the Rabkin Fellowship will:


  • Develop and enhance their skills as medical educators

  • Conduct education research or undertake an educational project in an area of importance of medical education, including UME, GME, and CME/faculty development

  • Learn the principles of effective academic leadership and develop the skills needed to create educational change

  • Become members of a community of educators dedicated to excellence in teaching environments across the continuum of medical education

Who Should Apply

  • HMS faculty who are able to commit 20% protected time during AY2022-2023

  • Faculty who have previously completed a medical education fellowship or master’s degree of similar nature.

Financial Support

Department chairs must commit to protecting 20% of selected faculty’s total work effort toward the Fellow

ship Program, including securing protected time for fellows from their clinical schedules to attend all weekly

seminars and complete assignments and project work.

A stipend of $25,000 without fringe is provided by the Shapiro Institute to Rabkin Fellows whose primary

hospital appointments are at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The Shapiro Institute disburses the

stipend to the fellow’s departmental budget in partial remuneration for the protected time, with further

financial arrangements left to the department and the individual fellow.


Non-BIDMC HMS faculty who are accepted will not receive a stipend from BIDMC but must have a

commitment for and resources to support the protected time for the fellowship from the sponsoring Harvard affiliated



Applications are accepted in February each academic year. Fellowship awards are announced in March with

classes beginning in July.

Please contact course administrator Kelly Anastasio at with any questions. 

2022-23 Rabkin Fellows

Marta Herschkopf, MD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Psychiatry

Ruslan Korets, MD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Urology

Shimontini Mitra, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Fenway Health

Ryan Nelson, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Hospital Medicine

Alison Trainor, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Rabkin Fellowship Program Graduates


Over one hundred fellows have graduated the Rabkin Fellowship Program

to date including mid-career and junior faculty, representing thirteen

departments and divisions from seven Harvard-affiliated hospitals.

Click here for a list of graduates.

2016-17 Rabkin Fellows

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Selected Seminar Topics

Historical Issues in Medical Education


  • To discuss the history and major movements within American medical education over the past century

  • To consider current challenges facing us today

Adult Learning Theory and its Application to Clinical Teaching

  • To discuss the major assumptions underlying adult learning theories

  • To reflect on how each of us learns best

Fundamentals of Medical Education Research I & II

  • To provide an overview of education research principles and concepts

  • To explore quantitative and qualitative research methods that may be used to evaluate outcomes in medical education

Best Clinical Teaching Practices

  • To delineate best practices of clinical teaching

Curriculum Development in Medical Education

  • To use a case-based discussion to review the six steps of curriculum development

Effective Questionnaire/Survey Design

  • Introduction to the IRB process for Medical Education Research

Frameworks for Trainee Assessment

  • To become familiar with and apply common frameworks used to assess trainees’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes

Providing Effective Feedback

  • To distinguish between formative and summative assessment

  • To identify sources of evaluative information

  • To recognize elements of effective feedback

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