We are delighted that you are considering applying to the Apgar Academy. Here are answers to some FAQs about this process:
We are looking for excellent educational scholars. Being an excellent educational scholar involves having substantial experience as an educator, performing in an exceptional way as an educator, and being engaged in one’s educational community. Here’s what we mean by each of those dimensions:
You can refer to our matrix for specific milestones that aid in demonstrating excellence in each of these areas.
Any P&S faculty member can apply as long as he/she has been involved in educational activities as a faculty member at P&S for five years. Faculty members at all academic levels (assistant, associate, full professor) may apply. As indicated above, faculty members who have a more senior academic rank will be expected to have held positions of more responsibility and to have engaged with a broader community. Both salaried and non-salaried faculty may apply.
This application is very much like a promotions packet. The major feature is your CV, with some added elements. Although it will take some time to complete, we do not think that this will be onerous. In fact, our hope is that completing this application will help you to consolidate your ideas about your career as a medical educator and to think about goals for the future. The application consists of the following components:
Please use this statement to highlight your strengths and unique contributions.
Be sure to include something about your future goals as an educator.
Please note that all of your materials should be single spaced, 12 pt font, with 1-inch margins. We suggest that all of your lists be in descending order, as this is how the new CUMC CV asks for the information (but ascending order is fine; just be clear about the dates and be consistent throughout your application).
If you are teaching medical students or residents, someone in your department has evaluative data on your teaching. If you teach medical students, ask the head of medical student education in your department; if you teach residents, ask your program director. Not everyone will be able to obtain numerical data, but if it is available please include it for the last five years. If there are norms or averages for your department, please include those as well.
Being an Apgar member signals to the community that you have distinguished yourself as an outstanding educator. Apgar members have an opportunity to work together to continue to grow as educators and to engage with the entire P&S educational community. We will ask Apgar members to spend at least 10 hours per year on Academy activities, in addition to attending two general meetings per year and our annual welcome reception for new members. As an Academy member, you can participate by
Feel free to call or e-mail with any questions you have about completing any part of this application. Contact Deborah Cabaniss at 212-543-5666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.