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Medical Education Fellowship


Andragogy, the method and practice of teaching adult learners, is a dynamic and evolving science in the medical education domain. The Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Department of Emergency Medicine is pleased to offer a novel two-year medical education fellowship centered on adult learning. The three major pillars of this educational experience encompass the educational, experiential and clinical realms. The overarching goal is to create an educational experience that informs and innovates the fellow across a broad sphere of the medical education structure in preparation to step into an academic career as a life-long educator.

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Educational Pillar

The two-year fellowship includes a Master of Adult and Continuing Education at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE). The Rutgers GSE is ranked a Top 50 School in Graduate Education Schools by US News and World Report.

  • The 30-credit program is designed to develop conceptual and practical understanding of the adult learner, how to plan classes and programs that are best suited to meet the needs of adult learners, and how to create learning contexts that can encourage sustained learning and productive change in a variety of context in which adults learn

Experiential Pillar

The two-year fellowship offers a mixture of short term and longitudinal educational experiences across multiple domains:

  • Undergraduate Medical Education: Fellows will participate through at least one dozen UME offerings in the first year with more elective choices in the second year. Teaching and facilitation of 1st and 2nd year medical student courses.
    • Longitudinal year-long internship with the Assistant Dean for Careers in Medicine
    • Medical student advisement for Emergency Medicine bound 3rd and 4th year students
    • Assignment to multiple UME medical school committees
    • Specific 4th year clerkship activities and skills development
  • Graduate Medical Education: Fellows will participate through at least one dozen GME offerings in the first year with more elective choices in the second year
    • Longitudinal year-long internship with the EM Program Director
    • Assignment to multiple EM departmental and GME medical school committees
    • Specific educational activities and skills development throughout the academic cycle
  • Innovations in Education and Emergency Medicine Concentrations: Fellows will be expected to introduce innovative and creative strategies for teaching and engagement of all learners. Concrete skillsets will be developed with various faculty.
    • Building virtual courses and design with educational platforms
    • Social and community engagement
    • Diversity, equity and social justice for students and faculty in educational environments
    • Utilization of social media and podcasts in education
    • Simulation modules
  • Mentorship and Leadership
    • Fellows are provided mentorship opportunities through quarterly talks with internal and external speakers in medical education
    • Leadership skills will be enhanced through private tutoring sessions with Rutgers Center for Organizational Development Program faculty
  • Research
    • Fellows will be responsible for engaging in a scholarly project of their choice
    • Fellows will be encouraged and mentored through the manuscript publication, submission, and revision process for all completed projects
  • Regional and National Conferences/Courses
    • Fellows are expected attend multiple conferences each year for exposure to various sectors of medical education
      • Written and oral board review class
      • 1st year CORD Navigating the Academic Waters track and choice of ACEP, SAEM or AAEM national conference
      • 2nd year choice of AAMC or ACGME national conference
      • Attendance at regional NJ ACEP and ANSER meetings
      • Planning and implementation for Rutgers NJMS regional NJ Consortium Annual Conference

Clinical Pillar

  • Clinical responsibility: 16 hours/week in the Emergency Department as Attending Physician in the University Hospital Emergency Department with an academic appointment of Clinical Instructor at Rutgers NJMS
  • Supervision includes EM residents, ~160 medical students in mandatory 4th year clerkship, resident rotators in podiatry, plastic surgery, neurosurgery and medicine, and PA and NP students.

About us

  • The Department of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers NJMS has diverse involvements in both undergraduate and graduate medical education. The department hosts New Jersey’s only 4-year training program with 38 residents currently in training. The academic program also includes fellowships in Administration, Medical Toxicology, and Emergency Ultrasound. The Department of Emergency Medicine has its own newly constructed simulation center.
  • At the undergraduate level the department has deep involvement in various levels of the curriculum including course work during the pre-clinical years related to medical toxicology, ultrasound, and global health, an optional 2-week elective for third-year medical students, a mandatory 4-week clerkship for fourth-year medical students, and multiple fourth year electives such as emergency ultrasound, medical toxicology and global health. Faculty from the department have long-standing relationships focused on medical education in international areas such as Ghana, Honduras, Nicaragua and India.
  • Faculty and trainees at Rutgers NJMS have access to all of Rutgers’ resources, which include graduate programs in education, as well as an online library of textbooks and journals.
  • University Hospital is the flagship teaching affiliate for Rutgers NJMS. UH is a separate, independent medical center with 519 licensed beds, an active medical staff of more than 600 and more than 3,100 employees. It is a regional resource for advanced care in a wide range of medical specialties. It is home to northern New Jersey’s only Level I Trauma Center and to specialty programs such as a Stroke Center, CHF Center, STEMI Center, and a Center for Liver Diseases. The hospital accommodates about 20,000 admissions and 2000 births annually. The New Jersey Poison Control Center is also located on our campus and is a rich educational venue for residents and students from all over the state.
  • The Emergency Department at UH sees approximately 94,000 visits/year, which include over 6000 trauma patients/year. The ED occupies a large portion of the first floor of UH.


  • Fellowship Program Director: Jill Ripper, MD, Ed.M, MS
  • Faculty mentors:
    • Michael Anana, MD. Assistant Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency
    • Sarah Dunn, MD, Emergency Medicine Clinical Clerkship Director
    • Charles Farmer, MD, Assistant Clerkship Director
    • Sangeeta Lamba, MD, MS-HPEd, Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion
    • Shannon Moffett, MD, Assistant Dean for Careers in Medicine
    • Lewis Nelson, MD, Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
    • Ariel Sena, MD, Assistant Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency
    • Harsh Sule, MD, MPP, Residency Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency
    • Kei Wong, MD, Director of Pediatric EM education

Eligibility & Application Materials

Being a 2-year fellowship we accept applicants every other year. Candidates may apply over Summer 2022, 2024, and so on.

Individuals who have successfully completed training in an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) residency program in Emergency Medicine.

  • Application materials:
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Letters of recommendation (2)
    • Personal statement/letter of interest

Please send application materials or any further inquiries to:
Jill Ripper, MD, Ed.M, MS
Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director & Director of Education