Rabkin Fellowship

Advancing Careers in Medical Education

The Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education provides faculty with an opportunity to develop the expertise and skills needed to launch or advance academic administration.


The Rabkin Fellowship was established in 1998 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.

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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

The Fellowship is open to all faculty with a primary appointment at Harvard Medical School and who currently teach at Harvard Medical School or a Harvard-affiliated institution.

2021-2022 Rabkin Fellows

Michael Beasley, MD
Boston Children’s Hospital
Orthopedics/Sports Medicine

Joséphine Cool, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess 
Department of Medicine/Hospital Medicine

Sara Dong, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess
Boston Children’s Hospital
Infectious Diseases

Sara Neves, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess

Eve Rittenberg, MD
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Department of Medicine/Women’s Health

Jeffrey William, MD

Beth Israel Deaconess

Department of Medicine/Nephrology

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.

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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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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 need to provide a substantive rationale for why they seek this additional training in education research


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

How To Apply:

To apply for the 2022-2023 Rabkin Fellowship, please download our application.

Fellowship Director


Dr. Grace Huang

Director, Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Grace Huang is the Director of Assessment, Director of the Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education, Co-Director of the BIDMC Academy of Medical Educators, and is the Lunder Clinical Educator in Multimedia Programs at the Shapiro Institute. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a hospitalist in the Department of Medicine at BIDMC, and an associate program director with the internal medicine residency at BIDMC.

She received a BA in English and a BS in Biological Sciences with Honors from Stanford University and an MD degree from Washington University. She completed her residency in internal medicine at BIDMC. As a Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education from 2002-2003, Dr. Huang created interactive animations for handheld computers to instruct medical students in common bedside procedures, such as lumbar puncture and paracentesis. She also completed an Academy Fellowship in Medical Education at HMS, the Picker Fellowship in Evidence-Based Medicine, and the Certificate in Applied Biostatistics from Harvard Catalyst.

At the Institute, she spent a number of years designing web-based modules on clinical skills, including computer-based case simulations ("virtual patients"), physical diagnosis tutorials, interactive pathophysiology diagrams, and procedure-based instruction. In 2007, she became the Director of Assessment, where she provides faculty development and project mentorship to BIDMC faculty in instrument design, program evaluation, and scholarly writing. Her research interests are in procedural competence assessment, critical thinking, cognitive error, and medical student education. She is an associate editor and editorial board member for MedEdPORTAL, an editorial board member for the journal Simulation in Healthcare, and an associate editor for NEJM Journal Watch Hospital Medicine.