Harvard Medical School

Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Initiative

Curriculum Development Fellowship

Request for Applications

Fellowship Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

APPLICATIONS DUE: 5 PM Friday, February 14, 2020


The HMS Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM) Health Equity Initiative is pleased to announce a Request for Applications for two or three one-year Curriculum Development Fellowships for the period of July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. The SGM Health Curriculum Development Fellowship provides clinician-educators with dedicated time to develop, implement and/or evaluate the effectiveness of curricular innovations designed to enhance the competence of HMS graduates in caring for SGM patients. Under the direction of the Initiative’s Faculty Directors, each Curriculum Fellow will focus on any of the following aspects of medical education: pre-clerkship curriculum, clerkship curriculum, or institutional culture/climate.

Curriculum Fellows will:

  • Enhance their skills as clinician educators;
  • Further develop their analytical and research skills in medical education;
  • Build on existing experience as educational leaders and change agents;
  • Join a community of clinician-educators dedicated to creating a welcoming learning environment for all stakeholders and advancing health equity for SGM patients; and
  • Complete a major project focused on the SGM curriculum, faculty development, learner assessment, educational program evaluation, and/or educational research.

Overview of the HMS SGM Health Equity Initiative

Clinicians across disciplines are not being adequately prepared during medical school to provide competent and confident health care to sexual and gender minorities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex (LGBTQI+) patients. Across four years of study, Harvard Medical School students are immersed deeply in human biology, the art and practice of doctoring, the discipline of critical thinking, and the pervasive influence of social determinants on health. This curriculum is delivered by hundreds of faculty educators from across our affiliated hospitals and academic departments.

The SGM Health Equity Initiative, launched in Fall 2019, includes three years of planning, development, and implementation of a longitudinal, integrated curriculum that is designed to prepare HMS graduates to provide holistic, humanistic, and high-quality care for adults, adolescents, and children inclusive of all individuals across the sexual and gender spectrum. This includes those who identify as LGBTQI+, who are questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity, or who identify as transgender or nonbinary. In addition, programs will be developed to educate faculty to teach general concepts and terminology, relevant epidemiology, health consequences of SGM stigma and discrimination, and how clinicians can incorporate evidence-based practices to optimize health outcomes. Working with the PME’s Office of Educational Quality Improvement, learner and program assessments will be conducted to demonstrate the impact of this interwoven curriculum and results will be disseminated via publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national and international meetings.

Overview of the HMS SGM Health Curriculum Development Fellowship

In addition to attending an annual retreat, SGM Curriculum Development Fellows will meet twice monthly at HMS under the direction of the SGM Health Equity Initiative Faculty Directors (John Dalrymple MD, Alex Keuroghlian MD, MPH, and Jennifer Potter MD) and collaborating Medical Education Experts (Barbara Cockrill MD, Director of Faculty Development and Susan Farrell MD, EdM, Director of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations). These are required sessions during which Fellows will develop curriculum to fill identified gaps in SGM health content and/or develop an evaluation strategy to assess learning outcomes. Depending on the pace of their progress during the fellowship year, Fellows will also have the opportunity to implement and evaluate their curricular innovations, and to disseminate lessons learned via academic scholarship.

SGM Health Curriculum Development Fellows will be expected to complete their academic project, or a key phase of their academic project, by the close of their Fellowship year. Projects will be focused on educational continuous quality improvement in the domains of curriculum development, faculty development, assessment of learners, and/or program evaluation.

Fellows will be required to prepare a poster describing their projects for review at the end of the year and for presentation at HMS Medical Education Day in the fall following their fellowship year. The SGM Curriculum Development Fellowship strongly encourages that work continue on the projects so that they result in publication. Substantive mentoring to support Fellows in their project and their overall academic growth is a value and strength of the program.


  • Devote 20% of time to project and Fellowship activities. Applicants must have the support of their department chair or division chief to commit to this program, free of other responsibilities, in order to achieve Fellowship objectives.
  • Commit to attending an annual offsite summer retreat and meeting twice monthly during the fellowship year with Fellowship Faculty and other Fellows to discuss projects. Fellowship meetings will be held at HMS, 260 Longwood Avenue.
  • Submit an abstract of the Fellowship project for a poster presentation or technology demonstration at HMS Medical Education Day in the fall following the Fellowship year.


  • Candidates must possess an MD, PhD or other advanced degree; be active members of the HMS faculty; hold the academic rank of Instructor or higher; and have
  • Experience or familiarity with teaching medical or graduate students, residents, fellows or other faculty;
  • Ability to devote the necessary time to the fellowship activities and academic project;
  • Applicants with leadership roles in HMS courses and clerkships, and/or who have experience with the HMS Case-Based Collaborative Learning (CBCL) model or similar innovative pedagogies are encouraged to apply and will be viewed as particularly strong candidates;
  • Candidates from diverse backgrounds, experiences and/or who have experience teaching and/or providing clinical care through a health equity lens are encouraged to apply.


Funding is available through the HMS SGM Health Equity Initiative. The stipend is $20,000.

Selection Process

SGM Health Curriculum Development Fellowship selection committee will review all applications, interview finalists the evening of March 11, 2020 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Harvard Medical School and announce results soon thereafter. Applicants must be available for an interview during that time, if invited.

To apply for an HMS SGM Health Curriculum Development Fellowship, please submit the following six (6) items:

  • ONLINE APPLICATION FORM: Please complete the required online application form. The online application will activate your application. It is a required part of the application process.
  • COVER LETTER: A cover letter [no longer than one page or 500 words] that includes a personal statement outlining your interest and experience specifically in SGM health education and curriculum development, your career goals, and what you hope to gain through the SGM Curriculum Development Fellowship. This letter must also specify your interest in focusing on pre-clinical curriculum, clinical curriculum, or institution culture/climate related to SGM health equity;
  • CV: A copy of your Curriculum Vitae;
  • SCHOLARSHIP SAMPLE: Applicants must submit a scholarship/writing sample relevant to SGM health and/or medical education.
  • DEPARTMENT CHAIR RECOMMENDATION including a SALARY SOURCE STATEMENT: Attendance is a requirement for building and sustaining SGM curriculum development. Please provide a letter of recommendation and statement of support from your department chair and/or division chief, including a commitment to free 20% of your time from other responsibilities to pursue your fellowship project and meet with Fellowship leaders twice per month;
  • ADDITIONAL LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION: One letter of recommendation from an HMS faculty member who has supervised or is familiar with your past work/project(s) and can attest to your aptitude for and commitment to advancing medical education and/or SGM health equity.

All applications materials -- including letters of recommendation -- must be emailed directly to emeline_jarvie@hms.harvard.edu.

All Application Materials Due: 5 PM Friday, February 14, 2020

If you have questions about The HMS SGM Health Equity Curriculum Development Fellowship, please contact any of the faculty directors: John Dalrymple MD (jldalrym@bidmc.harvard.edu), Alex Keuroghlian MD, MPH (akeuroghlian@partners.org), or Jennifer Potter MD (jpotter@bidmc.harvard.edu).