Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence

Develop Additional Expertise in Diagnostic Safety and Quality

Program Overview

The 2021-22 Call for Applications is Now Closed

Looking to develop additional expertise in diagnostic safety and quality?

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence will enhance your knowledge and skills in diagnostic quality and safety, match you with experienced mentors and recognized leaders in the field of diagnostic error, connect you with the diagnostic error community, and help you develop and implement your own project.

The one-year SIDM fellowship is designed to provide professional career development through:

  • A personal mentor in your area of focus within diagnosis (e.g., education, research, practice improvement, advocacy, informatics, etc.)
  • Networking within the diagnostic medicine field
  • A structured curriculum of webinars
  • Opportunities for disseminating scholarship at our annual meeting (Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference) and through peer-reviewed publications, such as the SIDM-sponsored journal Diagnosis

Funding for the fellowship program is provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

All fellows benefit from the curriculum, project mentorship, integration with the SIDM community, and financial support to attend the annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference.

Who Should Apply?

  • 1

    Individuals who are looking to supplement their current position in the health professions with training in diagnostic quality and safety.

  • 2

    Individuals in an advanced fellowship and/or degree-bearing program who are developing a scholarly focus on diagnostic quality and safety and are seeking a salary stipend for their scholarly work (akin to grant funding in fellowships). Details on the application process for these salary-supported positions are found below.

Meet Our Past Fellows

SIDM established the Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence in 2016 to provide support to early-career scholars researching the improvement of diagnostic quality and safety. Learn more about our past fellows and their work.

Vision and Goals of the Fellowship

The vision of the SIDM Fellowship in Diagnostic Excellence is to catalyze careers in the field of diagnostic medicine and to cultivate leaders in the diagnostic safety movement.

The overarching goals of the fellowship align with the eight core goals for reducing diagnostic error that are outlined in the 2015 National Academies of Science and Medicine report Improving Diagnosis in Health Care.

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Successful candidates will have advanced training (MD, DO, advanced practice degree), doctoral/terminal degree in relevant discipline, or other significant qualifying experience) and possess a commitment to a career in improving diagnosis and addressing diagnostic error. Selection will be based on the candidate qualifications and the quality of their proposed project.
All SIDM Fellows will become part of the SIDM community and will attend the annual Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference at no cost (i.e. free registration with stipends for travel and lodging).

Salary-Supported Positions

As a part of the SIDM Fellowship program, SIDM and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation sponsors three fellowship positions that provide a stipend for work done as part of an institutional degree program. Specific funding includes the following:

  • Stipend towards tuition, project expenses, and salary ($35,000)
  • Travel expenses to Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference

To receive the salary-supported fellowship position, candidates must be applying to (or be enrolled in) an advanced fellowship and/or degree-bearing program, have a local mentor, and commit to a project related to diagnostic excellence. There are additional questions on the application to be considered for these positions.

The salary-supported fellowships are open to candidates enrolled in a healthcare quality- and safety-oriented program at an accredited college, university, or graduate medical training program.

Past Fellows