Mini-Fellowship in Wellness Leadership Application

Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors
Mini-Fellowship in Wellness Leadership
2018 - 2019


Application submission has closed.
Deadline for application submission is January 31, 2018 - 5:00 pm EST

Application Requirements
Emergency medicine residents in good standing are encouraged to apply. Residents must be rising seniors anticipated to graduate in June 2019. More than one resident from each residency program may apply. Applicants must submit their CV, personal statement, one letter of recommendation, and a letter of endorsement by their Program Director. Eight residents will be chosen for participation in this first year of the mini-fellowship. Applications will be selected by the Resilience Committee leadership. Must be a Resident member of CORD for the duration of the mini-fellowship. If you are unsure, please check with your Program Director or Coordinator about membership status. There is also a $100 application fee. Residents who are not selected will be reimbursed this fee.

Mini-Fellowship Goals
The goal of this mini-fellowship is to provide Emergency Medicine residents with the knowledge and skills to effect positive change in the areas of well-being, resilience, and engagement at their own programs and institutions.

Mini-Fellowship Objectives
By the end of this mini-fellowship, residents will be able to:

  • Explain basic concepts relevant to wellness, including but not limited to resilience, mindfulness, positive psychology, burnout, and second victim syndrome.
  • Identify their national, regional, and local wellness organizations and networks
  • Describe how to create a curriculum using established educational methods
  • Reflect on their own leadership style, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Develop a plan for change management at their own institution

Mini-Fellowship Overview
This mini-fellowship will take place over the course of one year. It will begin with a half-day workshop held during the CORD Academic Assembly 2018 and continue with a series of online lectures given by faculty members of the CORD Resilience Committee. Each resident will be responsible for development of a longitudinal wellness project with guidance from the mini-fellowship leadership. All mini-fellowship residents will be included as members of the CORD Resilience Committee and encouraged to participate in projects sponsored by the Committee. Graduation from the program will take place at the CORD Academic Assembly in 2019.

Half-Day Introductory Workshop at CORD AA 2018; Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The goal of the half-day introductory workshop is to introduce the residents to the goals, objectives, and expectations of the mini-fellowship as well as teach them knowledge and skills that will allow them to “hit the ground running” with their longitudinal wellness projects.




12:00pm - 12:30pm

Lunch and Welcoming Remarks

Provide an overview of the mini-fellowship, timelines, and expectations. Introduce faculty members.

12:30pm - 12:45pm

Ice Breaker

Introduce mini-fellows to each other and create trust. Conduct a brief needs assessment to guide the following sessions during the half-day workshop.

12:45pm - 1:15pm

Introduction to Wellness

Define basic wellness terms, concepts, and scope. Provide historical context and current prevalence statistics.

1:15pm - 1:45pm

Wellness Organizations

Provide an overview of regional and national organizations and initiatives. Discuss the importance of systems level change.

1:45pm - 2:15pm

Types of Residency Wellness Interventions

Discuss the hierarchy of wellness interventions, from individual to institutional.

2:15pm - 2:45pm

Assessment Tools

Describe the indications, pros, and cons of each of the commonly used wellness assessment tools.

2:45pm - 3:00pm



3:00pm - 3:15pm

Wellness Activity

Meditation or stretching.

3:15pm - 3:45pm

Basics of Change Management

Practice using a framework for thinking about the principles of effecting change.

3:45pm - 4:15pm

Fighting Imposterism

Discuss the challenges of leadership and creating change as a resident and solutions to overcoming imposterism.

4:15pm - 4:45pm


Review best practices for being a mentee and getting the most out of mentorship relationships.

4:45 pm - 5:00pm

Final Remarks

Summary of workshop and an opportunity to ask questions going forward.


Virtual Lecture Series
Following the half-day workshop at the CORD AA 2018, residents will be expected to attend a series of online virtual lectures given by the faculty on the CORD Resilience Committee. Each lecture will be followed by a facilitated roundtable discussion of the residents’ progress on their longitudinal projects. Some sessions may have more than one lecture scheduled. Sessions will occur in the evening (8PM - 9:30PM EST) of the first Wednesday of every other month. Sessions will be conducted and recorded using Go To Meeting.

Tentative Lecture Schedule

  1. Wednesday June 6, 2018
  2. Wednesday August 1, 2018
  3. Wednesday October 3, 2018
  4. Wednesday December 5, 2018
  5. Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Proposed Lecture Topics and Faculty
Many of the following topics will be selected for virtual lecture session. The remaining topics will be considered for optional independent learning on the “off-months.”

  • Suicide Prevention and Postvention
  • Second Victim Syndrome
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Narratives, Storytelling, and the Humanities
  • Positive Psychology
  • Business of Medicine and Systems Change for Well-Being
  • Creating a Curriculum
  • Change Management
  • Leadership Styles
  • Role Modeling and Personal Wellness

Each of the participants will be paired with a faculty member from the CORD Resilience Committee. Mentors will help to guide their projects as well as act as a contact for networking and sponsorship opportunities. Each mentor will be provided with basic guidelines and expectations. There will be an informal meet-and-greet session scheduled during the CORD Academic Assembly in 2018 as an opportunity for the mini-fellows and mentors to connect with each other.

Expectations of Mentors

  1. Provide guidance and support for individual longitudinal projects.
  2. Touch base via phone or email at least quarterly. This may also include networking and one-on-one meetings during CORD Academic Assembly and other national meetings.
  3. Be available via phone and email for mentees throughout the year

Although the final graduation session is not mandatory, residents are invited to attend a short ceremony at the CORD Academic Assembly in 2019. Certificates will be mailed to any residents who cannot attend.  If the mini-fellowship continues for the following year (2018-2019), then the ceremony will occur during the lunch period of the half-day introductory workshop. Graduates are encouraged to meet the new fellows and offer advice and wisdom that they have gained over the course of completing the mini-fellowship.

Application Requirement Details

Emergency medicine residents in good standing are encouraged to apply. Residents must be rising seniors anticipated to graduate in June 2019. More than one resident from each residency program may apply. Applicants must submit their CV, personal statement, one letter of recommendation, and a letter of endorsement by their Program Director.

Curriculum Vitae
Please submit a current version of your CV

Personal Statement
Applicants must submit a brief (approximately 500 words) personal statement that answer the following questions: (1) Why are you interested in resident and/or medical student wellness? (2) Describe a wellness project or intervention that you would like to see implemented at your institution and why.

One Letter of Recommendation
Applicants are encouraged to solicit one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or other mentor who knows them well and can speak to their appropriateness for the mini-fellowship.

Letter of Endorsement
A letter from the Program Director confirming that the resident is currently in good standing and  the program will support the resident to attend the CORD Academic Assembly 2018 will need to be included with the resident's application.

For assistance, please email

Deadline for submission is January 31, 2018 - 5:00 pm EST


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