Associate Scholar Program Info

The Department of Emergency Medicine offers Associate Scholar positions on any of five (nonaccredited) fellowships: Research, Social Medicine, International Emergency Medicine, Medical Education and Automotive Traumatology. Each program is two years in length and includes the opportunity for achieving a Master’s degree.

 

For more information regarding the programs, please contact:

Azeemuddin Ahmed, MD, MBA
Clinical Professor and Executive Vice Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
azeemuddin-ahmed@uiowa.edu

 

The following is an overview of the goals and expectations for each program:

Research

Goals

  1. Develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for a successful research career in Emergency Medicine.
  2. Identify research questions and propose a pathway to answering those questions
  3. Discover an area of focus of investigation within emergency care and carry a study design through to manuscript submission

 Degree Opportunity

MS, Translational Biomedicine

 Curriculum Outline

  1. Clinical service in the Emergency Department of the University of Iowa
  2. Complete MS in Translational Biomedicine at the University of Iowa
  3. Identify a mentor within the Department and develop a longitudinal research project. This project should encompass at least one broad research question, but it can be expected to engender multiple avenues of investigation.
  4. Develop an abstract for submission to a regional and/or national scientific meeting
  5. Produce a manuscript for submission to a journal
  6. Develop teaching skills by participating in:
    a.         A bedside teaching skills workshop
    b.         Oral presentation training
    c.          Teaching of medical students and residents during the Introduction to Advanced Life Saving course
    d.          Teaching of medical students in the monthly EM clerkship
  7. The fellow should expect to attend the SAEM annual meeting and is encouraged to participate in regional and national presentations of research

International Emergency Medicine

Goals

  1. Gain experience thinking about and be trained to respond to complex humanitarian emergencies
  2. Train providers to function in resource poor areas
  3. Familiarize providers with diseases not seen domestically
  4. Research and education in determinants of disease and strategies to improve global health

Degree Opportunity

MPH, Masters of Public Health

Curriculum Outline

  1. Clinical service in the Emergency Department of the University of Iowa
  2. Complete MPH at the University of Iowa
  3. Certificate in Tropical Medicine (at University of Minnesota), requires one up to one month of onsite class work
  4. Health Emergencies in Large Populations course (10-11 days)
  5. Participation in resident conferences with 1-2 lectures per year and 1 journal club
  6. Field experience in a developing country, can use time to develop project/collect data for MPH practicum
  7. Participation in federal and state IA-1 DMAT team to develop disaster management skills
  8. The fellow should expect to attend the ACEP annual meeting, particularly the international section meeting, and is encouraged to participate in regional and national presentations of research

 Medical Education

 Goals

  1. Develop the cognitive knowledge and skill sets necessary to become an effective educator
  2. Engage in innovative curriculum development
  3. Learn the principles of educational research and apply them through a unique project 

Degree Opportunity

MME, Masters of Medical Education

Curriculum Outline

  1. Clinical service in the Emergency Department of the University of Iowa
  2. Complete the MME at the University of Iowa over a two-year period. Alternatively, they could choose to complete the university’s Teaching Scholars Program or ACEP’s Teaching Fellowship
  3. Assist the residency leadership with resident and student evaluation, curriculum design, and resident recruitment
  4. Participate in the weekly residency conference by conducting sessions of various educational designs. An emphasis will be placed on innovative teaching sessions and methods
  5. Assist the Vice Chair of Education with faculty development projects including improving bedside teaching and the evaluation and feedback provided to residents.
  6. Participate in clinical service including “teaching shifts” for mentoring students and firstyear residents
  7. To fulfill their requirement for the MME or Teaching Scholars/ ACEP fellowship requirements, the fellow will develop a curriculum project including design, implementation, evaluation, and publication (usually a poster or presentation at CORD Academic Assembly)
  8. The fellow should expect to attend the CORD Academic Assembly but is encouraged to participate in regional and national presentations of research.

Social Medicine

Goals

  1. Learn practical skills to address public health concerns and social determinants of health affecting our communities
  2. Gain experience working with community agencies addressing population-based health concern
  3. Develop strategies to address social determinates of health found within the Emergency Department through a public approach that coordinate with community agencies

Degree Opportunity

MPH, Masters of Public Health

Curriculum Outline

  1. Clinical service in the Emergency Department of the University of Iowa
  2. Complete MPH or MFA at University of Iowa
  3. Participation in resident conference with 1-2 lectures per year and journal club once a year
  4. Implementation and expansion of community-based programs
  5. Practical experience with community organizations aligned to work with population-based health concerns: human trafficking, chronically homeless, substance abuse, seasonal workers, etc.
  6. Clinical work with various free medical clinics
  7. Engagement with the Iowa Public Policy Center
  8. Policy and legislative advocacy work
  9. Academic project that should yield an abstract of publishable quality
  10. The fellow should expect to attend the ACEP regional meeting, particularly the social medicine section meeting, and is encouraged to participate in regional and national presentations of research
  11. Optional time spent with the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights
  12. Optional Complex Humanitarian Emergency simulations

 Automotive Traumatology

 Goals

  1. Develop as a leader in governmental trauma policy and procedure
  2. Be experts in the care of the traumatically injured
  3. Gain experience in research and engineering in crash avoidance and mitigation

Degree Opportunity

MS, Translational Biomedicine

Curriculum Outline

  1. Clinical service in the Emergency Department of the University of Iowa
  2. Complete MS in Translation Biomedicine at the University of Iowa
  3. Identify a mentor within the Department and develop a longitudinal research project. This project should encompass at least one broad research question, but it can be expected to engender multiple avenues of investigation.
  4. Develop at least 2 abstracts for submission to a regional and/or national scientific meeting
  5. Produce a manuscript for submission to a journal
  6. Develop teaching skills by participating in:
    a.         A bedside teaching skills workshop
    b.         Oral presentation training
    c.         Teaching of medical students and residents
    d.         Teaching of medical students in the monthly EM clerkship
  7. The fellow should expect to attend the AAAM annual meeting, may attend the ESV annual meeting, and is encouraged to participate in regional and national presentations of research
  8. The fellow should be capable of writing a competitive grant application for a K award from the NIH at the conclusion of their fellowship