Medical Education Scholars Program

MESP 2019-20 Cohort
MESP cohort 2019-2020

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.

Program Schedule

In the 2020 - 2021 academic year, the MESP program will run from January to June. Scholars will 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:

  • March 9, 2020 - The call for applications is announced
  • July 1, 2020 - Applications are due
  • August 1, 2020 - Applicants are notified of acceptance into the program

Program Components

Formal Curriculum of Guided Study 

The formal weekly Tuesday afternoon seminars cover educational theory, methods, 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:

  • Strategies for Effective and Efficient Teaching in Clinic
  • Teaching and Presenting in Large Groups
  • Curriculum Development
  • Assessing the Knowledge, Attitudes, Skills and Practice of Learners
  • Weaving Assessment into Instruction
  • Program Evaluation
  • Academic Leadership
  • Building a Career in Health Professions Education
  • 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 can advise the Scholars as they develop and execute their independent research projects. 

Individual Project

Scholars will identify an issue in education relevant to their interests, activities and develop and execute a related project during their time in MESP. This project will provide the scholar with an opportunity to apply the principles, skills, and methods acquired in the program and to develop a scholarly approach to educational research and development. Projects typically include curriculum development, instructional design or program evaluation. It is expected that completed projects will be presented at regional or national educational meetings, including at the end of year MESP Research Symposium. 

Peer Group of Scholars

Approximately fifteen 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.

The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 70 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Administrative Contact

Dierdre Jeske

Dierdre Jeske

Administrative Assistant Senior
MESP Program Coordinator