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Clinical Leaders and Academic Scholars Fellowship (CLASS)

Program Overview Heading link

Early career physicians often aspire to leadership positions that will enrich their professional careers, complementing outstanding clinical practice: program directors, associate deans of medical education; chief medical officers; or principal investigators/co-investigators on clinical and health services research projects.  Residency training provides only limited preparation for leadership in medical education, clinical services delivery, or research, and yet clinically trained leaders in each of these areas are in high demand.  The CLASS fellowship is designed to provide concentrated preparation in each of these areas by combining mentoring, for-credit education and training, and practical experience on a substantive project in one of three tracks: Clinical Services Leadership (one year), Educational Leadership (one year), or Research (two years).  Graduates of this fellowship will not only have a competitive advantage at being selected into career launching positions in one of these three areas, but will bring a set of valuable skills and experience that benefit the programs and institutions they join.

The goal of the Clinical Leaders and Academic Scholars fellowship is to graduate collaborative and self-directed continuous learners who identify and respond to the most significant clinical, research and educational challenges in the organizations and/or disciplines they serve.    The fellowship is designed to develop a set of core competencies, complemented with specialized expertise depending on the track. It is open to graduates of any ACGME accredited program across all specialties.

Curriculum Heading link

All fellows participate in curricula and activities designed to foster core competencies in negotiation, conflict resolution, self-assessment, peer assessment, project management/personnel management, time management, becoming independent, working with the media, writing a manuscript for peer review, preparing a curriculum vita, and team science.

Core competencies are developed primarily through seminars, peer-to-peer learning and mentored activities: One seminar features external speakers who have expertise in specific areas, and who then facilitate discussion. Another is intimate and small, with a requirement that fellows attend all sessions and respect confidentiality.  The focus is on peer supported discussion about the challenges fellows face on topics such as time management and individualized career planning.

In addition to the core competencies, each fellow will acquire extensive specialized competencies in one of the three tracks.

Fellowship activities consist of the following:

  • Participation in two required recurring workshop/seminar series
  • for-credit certificate or master’s degree in their designated track
  • mentored project specific to track
  • Clinical service, typically as a clinician educator, not to exceed 25% of the time
  • Regular interaction with a faculty advisor and a project mentor

Download the Fellowship Application (DOC 79 KB)

Program Administration Heading link

Saul J. Weiner, MD is professor of medicine, pediatrics and medical education.  He served for 11 years as program director of the combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics.  He has also served as senior associate dean of educational affairs in the college of medicine and as UIC vice provost for planning and programs. He is currently senior advisor to the provost. Dr. Weiner has an extensive research portfolio, currently with both RO1 and Merit funding. He continues to see patients and supervise residents in both the internal medicine and pediatrics ambulatory care clinics.

Contact Us Heading link

For additional information and assistance, please contact our program coordinator Milan Albakri-Micou, and/or program director Saul Weiner, MD.

Administrative/Education Office Heading link

840 S. Wood St., Clinical Sciences North (CSN) Suite 440, MC 718, Chicago, Illinois 60612