Request for applications
Interested in a career in PA education? Here’s your chance to get started!
The Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) invites applications for the Future Educator Fellowship (FEF). Fifteen PA students will be selected to participate in this exciting year-long fellowship, designed to explore foundations in teaching, expose students to the current educational environment, and expand professional development and leadership opportunities.
Selected applicants will attend the kick-off session at the 2018 PAEA Education Forum in Anaheim, California. Fellows will participate in designated sessions at the Forum and then engaged in a year-long program, working through educational programming, problems, and competencies designed to foster foundations in PA education. Fellows will also be invited back for the culminating session at the 2019 PAEA Education Forum in Washington, DC.
Objectives of the Fellowship
The FEF is designed to enhance PA students’ understanding of medical education and academic careers in PA education. The fellowship aims to provide a broad foundation of teaching to prepare students for careers in education. The FEF will help create and enhance students’ pathways to education by fostering students to be learners, leaders, citizens, collaborators, designers, facilitators, and analysts.
The objectives of the 2018–2019 Fellowship include:
- Foundations in Teaching and Learning
Fellows will learn about best practices in teaching and learning, particularly when it comes to dealing with adult learners. These competencies will be cultivated through in-person engagement, online learning, and mentoring.
- Exposure to the Current Educational Environment
Fellows will learn about the current PA educational landscape. This includes learning about the current political climate, research opportunities, growth within the profession, and future trends that will affect both the PA workforce and the educational space.
- Leadership and Professional Development
Fellows will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become respected professionals in PA education. The fellowship will provide opportunities for networking and enhance leadership skills through effective communication, teaching excellence, high-quality research, advocacy, and service to the profession and the community at large. You will also explore opportunities for interprofessional education and research, develop strategies for collaboration with peers and professionals that enhance the quality and design of PA education, and develop a network of PA students with a shared interest in academic careers in PA education.
The FEF begins by convening students at the 2018 PAEA Education Forum to kick off their fellowship experience. After the Forum, students are expected to participate in online learning modules, discussions, and brief instructional offerings, which will continue to enhance their skill set and expose them to a career path in PA education.
We recognize that the life of a PA student is a busy one with conflicting priorities. Please note, while this fellowship is highly competitive, it is not designed to compete with your first priority as a PA student. Nonetheless, students must commit to the learning experience and the activities required to complete the fellowship.
Sample activities include:
- Peer-to-peer quarterly check-ins (via Google Hangout)
- Completion of short online modules (no more than one per month maximum)
- Problem-solving activities done in partnership with a self-identified mentor
- Engagement in discussion postings
Current PA students who are enrolled (didactic or clinical) in good academic standing in a PAEA member program as of October 24, 2018, are eligible to apply. The program director must complete the certification form and agree that the student will be released from classes or rotations in order to attend the fellowship, including necessary travel time.
If you are selected as a fellow, you are expected to attend the entire fellowship. Students should plan to arrive in time for the fellowship opening in Anaheim at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2018, and schedule a departing flight no earlier than 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018.
Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates must submit all application materials through the online application portal. Applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. ET on July 13. Applications must include the following:
- A personal statement describing your interest in PA education and what you hope to gain from the FEF experience (500 words or less)
- A response to the follow question: In your opinion, what is the single most important characteristic of a 21st century PA educator, and why? Consider the changing health care landscape, higher education trends, etc. (1000 words or less)
- Program Director Certification Form
Please note, the personal statement and the question response must be in written format, and should not exceed the word limit. Additionally, applications are not complete until the Program Director Certification Form is received.
Reviewers will consider each of the criteria below in the determination of scientific merit and give a separate score for each. In addition to submitting materials, fellows will be evaluated on:
- Resume demonstrates past experience in leadership and/or education
- Personal statement makes a connection to the fellowship goals and objectives
- Clear articulation of why the candidate would like to be selected as a fellow
- Materials demonstrate interest in a career in teaching
- Question response is thoughtful and demonstrates an understanding of the role of an educator
Deadlines & Timelines
Deadline for applications: July 13
Notification of selection: August 30
2018 PAEA Education Forum: October 26–27
2019 PAEA Education Forum: October 10–12
Fellows will be covered for all reasonable expenses, to include travel, hotel, and meals during the fellowship. Please note: Students will not be required to cover travel and hotel costs up front. PAEA will reserve hotel space and travel arrangements will be made directly with our travel agency.
Please email fef@PAEAonline.org for any questions.