Medical Education Scholars Program


MESP group photo 2016-2017 cohort
MESP 2016-2017 cohort

The Medical Education Scholars Program (MESP) is an internationally acclaimed annual program established in 1998 by the University of Michigan Medical School. MESP provides an opportunity for competitively selected faculty to study and apply principles of medical education in depth. The program is designed for medical school faculty and a limited number of fellows to develop as leaders in medical education. Skills emphasized include educational leadership, teaching, and scholarship. 

The MESP application instructions (pdf) for the 2017-2018 cohort are now available! Email applications by May 5, 2017 to MESP Program Director Patricia Mullan ( and copy MESP Program Coordinator Dierdre Jeske (

Program Schedule

MESP is a 10-month program (September-June) in which Scholars attend 1/2 day sessions each Tuesday afternoon (1:00 pm - 4:30 pm). Departmental Chairs are expected to provide weekly 1/2 day release for the Scholars.  

Annual application timeline:

  • First week of March - The call for applications is announced
  • First week of May - Applications are due
  • First week of June - Applicants are notified of acceptance into the program

The 2017-18 session is from September 12, 2017 - June 12, 2018.

Program Components

Formal Curriculum of Guided Study 

The formal weekly Tuesday afternoon seminars cover educational theory, application, and research. University of Michigan Faculty and visiting faculty with expertise in educational leadership and research conduct these weekly sessions. Sessions are designed to be interactive, supported by readings and application exercises. The following is the core set of curriculum topics, with a few examples of specific sessions: 

Teaching and Learning 
- Strategies for Effective and Efficient Teaching in Clinic
- Teaching and Presenting in Large Groups 
- Curriculum Development
- The Nature & Nurture of Expertise
- The Role of Motivation
Educational Assessment & Evaluation
- Assessing the Knowledge, Attitudes, Skills and Practice of Learners
- Recommended methods of Assessment in Health Professions Education
- Weaving Assessment into Instruction
- Program Evaluation
Academic Leadership     
- Building a Career in Health Professions Education  


- Organizational Change
Research Methods
- Aligning Your Research with Peer-Reviewed Publications
- Efficiently Searching Primary Research and Systematic Reviews
- Planning a Study: Quantitative & Qualitative Educational Research Methods
- Survey Design 
- Publishing in Medical Education Research 


The Scholars have access to educational experts who serve as consultants to guide the Scholars through the program and advise and assist them with their educational projects when needed. The consultants include educational experts from the University of Michigan.

Individual Project

Scholars will identify an issue in education relevant to their interests and activities and develop a related project. This project will provide the scholar with an opportunity to apply the principles, skills, and methods acquired in the program and develop a scholarly approach to educational research and development. Illustrative projects from previous scholars include the development and evaluation of computer based instruction, curriculum development in various topics, and needs assessment of educational issues. It is expected that completed projects will be presented at regional or national educational meetings.

Peer Group of Scholars

Approximately ten scholars per year will be admitted to MESP. The scholar cohort will share formal learning sessions, small group approaches to learning, and interaction and collaboration with program peers on educational issues and projects.



If you have questions, contact Patricia Mullan or Dierdre Jeske.

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