2019-2020 MERC Scholars Application
Please complete the following form to indicate your interest in 2019-2020 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) Scholars Program at the University of Washington (UW). The program begins in January 2019 and continues through June 2020. Applications are due by November 15th, 2018.

To advance health professions education scholarship and scholarly collaboration at the University of Washington.

Faculty accepted into CLIME’s MERC Scholars Program will participate in longitudinal program activities that include required workshops, meetings with mentors, and additional sessions (as needed) to complete a scholarly project. We have redesigned our MERC Scholars Program to focus on team-based projects, intensive mentorship from national leaders in health professions education research, and dedicated time for project design and implementation.

More information about MERC and its workshop descriptions can be found here: https://www.aamc.org/members/gea/merc/

Faculty must be able to commit to attending 7, full-day collaborative sessions over an 18-month period. Food will be provided and attendance must be in-person at the UW Health Sciences Library in Seattle. All sessions will be hands-on and require active participation:
1) Introductory session: Formulate group projects and project teams and identify local mentors.
2) Six MERC workshops spread over 5 sessions: Invited experts present a nationally-accredited curriculum in the morning and provide project consultation in the afternoon. Session 5 will have two MERC workshops without consultation time.
3) Final Session: Present project abstracts at the CLIME annual symposium.

CLIME’s monthly Work-in-Progress sessions are available: http://clime.washington.edu/work-in-progress/.

January 10, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Health Sciences Library, UW-Seattle
Facilitator: Lynne Robins PhD, Jonathan Ilgen MD MCR, and Joshua Jauregui MD (UW)
Workshop: Introductions, project collaboration and mentor identification

January 17, 2019 | 8:30am - 4:00 pm | Health Sciences Library, UW-Seattle
Facilitator: Judy Shea PhD (Univ. of Pennsylvania SOM)
Workshop: Formulating Research Questions and Designing Studies

April 19, 2019 | 8:30am - 4:00 pm | Health Sciences Library, UW-Seattle
Facilitator: Bridget O'Brien PhD (Univ. of California, San Francisco)
Workshop: Qualitative Analysis Methods

October 2019 | 8:30am - 4:00 pm | Health Sciences Library, UW-Seattle
Facilitator: TBD
Workshop: Questionnaire Design and Survey Research

January 2020 | 8:30am - 4:00 pm | Health Sciences Library, UW-Seattle
Facilitator: TBD
Workshop: Measuring Educational Outcomes with Reliability & Validity | Program Evaluation and Evaluation Research

April 2020 | 8:30am - 4:00 pm | Health Sciences Library, UW-Seattle
Facilitator: TBD
Workshop: Scholarly Writing: Publishing Medical Education Research

June 2020 | 8:30am - 1:00 pm | TBD, Seattle
Abstract presentation to the CLIME community at the annual CLIME symposium.

Space is limited to 30 participants*. To apply, please complete the form below AND email a copy of your CV (and CVs of other team members) to clime@uw.edu.

*To foster community and collaboration, priority will be given to participants who intend to complete all 7 sessions between January 2019 and June 2020. Otherwise, participants will be enrolled on a "first-come, first served" basis. If faculty interest exceeds the available spots, participants will be placed on waiting lists and notified if/when openings become available.

Historically, participants have traveled to national/regional conferences to complete 6 MERC workshops in multiple sittings without opportunities to foster collaboration with peers at their home institution. However, to make this process more efficient and less costly for interested UW faculty, CLIME packages these workshops into a local experience free-of-charge. The AAMC requires that faculty members cover the $100 cost to obtain the MERC program certificate once they complete the program.

Name: *
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If you are applying as a team, please indicate other members (name, degree, department). Only ONE application is required per team. *
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Provide a brief description of your education research project or research area of interest. *
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Are you interested in working on a longitudinal, collaborative project with a mentor and possibly other MERC Scholars? *
I plan to attend all 7 sessions and complete the MERC Scholars program from January 2019 to June 2020. *
Please indicate any dietary needs or restrictions: *
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I have emailed my CV (and team member CVs) to clime@uw.edu. *
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