The founding goal of the NNCI was to improve the teaching of neuroscience for psychiatry residents. Across the years, we have come to appreciate that our residents are also one of our greatest resources – they have helped create an extraordinary collection of educational materials, from clinical commentaries to brief talks to novel classroom exercises.
We are looking to identify the next cohort of exceptional residents who are interested in medical education and have the potential to serve as ambassadors of psychiatry and neuroscience.
Residents selected to be NNCI Scholars will engage in a yearlong experience that will include participating in a longitudinal course on principles of adult learning, teaching, and core skills for effective scientific communication. Scholars will work with a mentor to create educational resources with the goal of publishing and disseminating their project. 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. We anticipate that this experience will require at least two hours per week. After their year as an NNCI scholar, successful awardees will be encouraged to remain engaged with the NNCI and help mentor future residents.
We are requesting nominations from training directors and plan to select 4-6 residents based on their skill and enthusiasm for teaching neuroscience, their previous accomplishments, and their potential as leaders in neuroscience education. Nominations are due June 15th, 2021 and should be submitted as a single (zipped) file to the Dropbox link below.
The major component of the application is a teaching sample that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to make a complex neuroscience topic accessible for a broad audience. Submissions could include:
The primary factor in our selection process will be the quality and creativity of the teaching sample. Additional factors will include demonstrated interest and commitment to teaching neuroscience and previous educational experience (including innovation and leadership).
In addition to the teaching sample, the application should include the following components in a single PDF file:
Completed applications should be uploaded to this folder as a single (zipped) file.