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. 

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2019-2020 cohort. 


Program Schedule

MESP is a 10-month program (September-June) in which Scholars 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:

  • First week of March - The call for applications is announced
  • First week of May - Applications are due
  • First week of June - Applicants are notified of acceptance into the program

Program Components

Formal Curriculum of Guided Study 

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

Teaching and Learning

  • Strategies for Effective and Efficient Teaching in Clinic
  • Teaching and Presenting in Large Groups
  • Curriculum Development


  • The Nature & Nurture of Expertise
  • The Role of Motivation

Educational Assessment & Evaluation

  • Assessing the Knowledge, Attitudes, Skills and Practice of Learners
  • Recommended methods of Assessment in Health Professions Education
  • Weaving Assessment into Instruction
  • Program Evaluation

Academic Leadership

  • Building a Career in Health Professions Education
  • Organizational Change

Research Methods

  • 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 serve as consultants to guide the Scholars through the program and advise and assist them with their educational projects when needed. The consultants include educational experts from the University of Michigan.

Individual Project

Scholars will identify an issue in education relevant to their interests and activities and develop a related project. This project will provide the scholar with an opportunity to apply the principles, skills, and methods acquired in the program and develop a scholarly approach to educational research and development. Illustrative projects from previous scholars include the development and evaluation of computer based instruction, curriculum development in various topics, and needs assessment of educational issues. It is expected that completed projects will be presented at regional or national educational meetings.

Peer Group of Scholars

Approximately ten 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 140 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

If you have questions, contact Alexandra Vinson or Dierdre Jeske.

Alexandra Vinson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Learning Health Sciences
Director of the Medical Education Scholars Program

Administrative Contact

Dierdre Jeske

Dierdre Jeske

Administrative Assistant Senior
MESP Program Coordinator