Psychiatry residents are the major target audience for our teaching efforts. They are also one of our greatest resources. As featured online (www.nncionline.org) and at the BRAIN Conference, residents have also been major contributors in helping us to develop new content. We are incredibly excited to build on these early successes.
We are looking for promising residents who are interested in medical education, and who, consistent with one of the NNCI’s overarching learning objectives, have the potential to serve as Ambassadors of Neuroscience and Psychiatry.
Residents selected to be NNCI Scholars (3 to 5 each year) will participate in a yearlong experience working under the mentorship of the NNCI. Along with their mentor, NNCI scholars will create new teaching materials that will be published online via the NNCI website. We also expect that NNCI scholars will help teach neuroscience in their local institutions — as such, they represent a key means of disseminating and implementing NNCI teaching approaches. NNCI scholars will also participate in helping plan the annual BRAIN conference held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT). After their year as an NNCI scholar, successful awardees will be encouraged to remain as participants in the program and become primary mentors to future NNCI scholars.
We are asking for nominations from training directors and plan to select 3 to 5 residents based on their skill and enthusiasm for teaching neuroscience, their previous accomplishments, and their potential as leaders in neuroscience education. Nominations are due July 13th, 2018 and should be submitted as a single pdf file to Amanda Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org). Although we have a limited number of availability for NNCI scholars, all submissions will be considered for potential publication as a resource on the NNCI website.
The major component of the application is a “teaching sample” that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to translate a complex neuroscience topic for a lay audience. These teaching samples must fall into one of the following four categories:
Alternatively, residents may choose to submit a “This Stuff is Really Cool” session. These are brief talks (TED-Talk style) that each convey one point on the topic of neuroscience and psychiatry, presented at an introductory level. Here are a couple of examples:
• Example 1
• Example 2
The quality and creativity of the teaching sample and the resident’s ability to translate complex neuroscience topics into an accessible format will be heavily weighted in the application process. In addition to the teaching sample, NNCI scholars will be selected based upon their interest and commitment to teaching neuroscience and experience in teaching and/or curriculum development, including innovation and leadership. In addition to the teaching sample, the application should include the following components in a single PDF file:
Please send the PDF to email@example.com no later than July 13, 2018.