Mini-Fellowship in Wellness Leadership

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 2020.

Half-Day Introductory Workshop at CORD AA 2019

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.

Virtual Lecture Series

Following the half-day workshop at the CORD AA 2019, 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 Zoom Meetings.

Tentative Lecture Schedule

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 2020. Certificates will be mailed to any residents who cannot attend.  The ceremony will occur during the lunch period of the half-day introductory workshop at the 2020 Academic Assembly. 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.

Travel and Conference Registration

CORD will not provide funding for travel or conference registration to Academic Assembly. Those selected for the Mini-Fellowship will be expected to provide their own funding for travel and conference registration to attend Academic Assembly. 

Application Requirements

  • Must be an emergency medicine resident in good standing.
  • Must be a CORD resident member representative for the duration of the mini-fellowship.
  • Residents must be rising seniors anticipated to graduate in June 2020.
  • More than one resident from each residency program may apply.

Applicants must submit their CV, personal statement, one letter of recommendation, a letter of endorsement by their Program Director, and a $100 application fee. Eight residents will be chosen for participation. Applications will be selected by the Resilience Committee leadership. 

  • 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.
  • Program Director 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 attending the 2019 CORD Academic Assembly will need to be included with the resident's application.
Deadline for submission is January 15, 2019 - 5:00 pm EST