New fellowship explores medical education, technology and innovation

by Vicky Cerino, UNMC strategic communications | September 10, 2020

Image with caption: Emergency medicine residents practice on a human patient simulator.

Emergency medicine residents practice on a human patient simulator.

The UNMC Department of Emergency Medicine is offering a new fellowship in medical education, technology and innovation.

The two-year medical education, technology and innovation (METI) fellowship is targeted to graduates of accredited U.S. emergency medicine residency programs. The fellowship is for those interested in developing as a teacher, innovator, administrator and leader in academic medicine. Residents must be board-certified or board eligible at the time of hire.

The goal of the fellowship is to provide a unique, structured training experience that prepares clinician-educators to integrate learning principles with digital competency in order to lead, innovate and transform the clinical learning environment.

Postgraduate medical education fellowships are a fairly recent, but growing, phenomenon, said T. J. Welniak, MD, director of the METI fellowship. The department currently has an ultrasound fellowship and is developing an emergency medical services fellowship.

Dr. Welniak said the fellowship will be the first of its kind at UNMC and the first in the world to provide training and experience in foundational learning principles, digital competency and innovation science.

Training will focus on eight pillars:

  • Edutech competency;
  • Foundational education theory;
  • Curricular design;
  • Clinical service;
  • Bedside teaching
  • Education leadership;
  • Administration; and
  • Interprofessional collaboration.

"The timing could not be better for a training program like this," Dr. Welniak. "You look at iEXCEL, the Interprofessional Academy of Educators, the E-learning lab, faculty development initiatives, the McGoogan Library and makerspace renovations, our burgeoning partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). You see how serious UNMC is about being an international leader in collaborative, interprofessional innovation and education."

Fellows will work as clinical faculty in the department of emergency medicine, with time each month for "rotations" dedicated to developing curricula alongside experts in undergraduate, graduate and interprofessional healthcare education. Additionally, fellows will learn responsible application of teaching tools such as advanced simulation, e-learning, and visualization.

A master's degree in health professions teaching and technology will be offered through the UNMC College of Allied Health Professions.

  • "The experts and the resources are all here to provide a motivated clinician-educator with the experience, skills, and mindset to not only get a head-start in academic medicine, but to transform it," Dr. Welniak said. "This has been a vision nearly five years in the making -- I am grateful to Dr. Mike Wadman and to all of our institutional and community partners for their support and trust in the potential this program has to change the game in academic medicine."

    Applications currently are being accepted for the two-year position, set to start in July of 2021.


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    Peggy Moore
    September 10, 2020 at 8:46 AM

    Congratulations Dr. Welniak!