The Steve Miller Fellowship

The Department of Pediatrics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University invites applications from students in the College of Physicians and Surgeons for the Steve Miller Fellowship in Medical Education. This fellowship will support projects completed during elective rotations and/or summer months by students at any level in the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The Miller Fellowship is intended to support research projects devoted to enhancing medical education or humanism in medicine from the medical student’s perspective. The Fellowship experience is intended to be completed under the supervision of a faculty mentor, and should focus broadly on the generation of scholarship in these domains. Scholarship can be broadly interpreted, and might include curriculum design, educational research, or intervention projects. Projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Originality of the proposed scholarship.
  • Impact of the proposed work on the clinical experiences of medical students, with a particular focus on the development of humanism.
  • Connection to other activities and/or research in the domain either at the students’ institution or at other sites.
  • Institutional support for the project.

Fellowship Awardees will be required to present the results of their work in a 15-minute presentation at the Annual Steve Miller Education Day in October 2017.

Submission Guidelines

Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  1. 3-page (maximum) description of the project to be undertaken, with a maximum of 10 references. Ensure that the proposal describes the connections between activities, outcomes, and impact.
  2. 250-word personal statement describing student’s interest in this area.
  3. Two letters of support from: a. faculty mentor for the project, b. dean of Students or designee
  4. Budget and budget justification (maximum $3,000)
  5. Curriculum vitae of student and mentor

Submit your application by email to stevemillerfellowship@columbia.edu. Applications for 2017 are currently closed.

Save the date for Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the next Steve Miller Medical Education Day, when fellows present their work.

Past Fellowship Winners

2017

Dua Hassan, Class of 2018
Proposal: “Fighting for Equality in Healthcare: Addressing Health Disparities and Implicit Bias through Medical Education.”

Katrina Kostro, Class of 2020
Proposal: “When Medical Students and Palliative Care Patients Meditate Together: A Shared Space to Practice Mindfulness, Empathy, and Mutual Healing.”

Stanislaw Gabryszewski, PhD
Proposal: “Enhancing Nutrition Education in Medical School through Humanistic Approaches.”

Dylan Marshall, Class of 2018
Proposal entitled, “Emotional Intelligence: Fostering Relationships Essential to Making the Practice of Medicine Sustainably Meaningful, thus Preventing Medical Student Burnout.”

2016

Amulya Iyer, P&S Class of 2017
Proposal titled “Exploring the Relationship between Hospitalized Patients and their Medical Students: A Qualitative Study” 

Lauren Pollack, P&S Class of 2017
Subha Perni, P&S Class of 2017
Proposal titled “Moral Distress in Caring for Older Adults during Early Clinical Training”

Patrick van Nieuwenhuizen, P&S Class of 2017
Proposal titled, “Democratizing Medical Education:  An Open Access Platform for Preclinical Sciences”