American Board of Emergency Medicine Fellowship

The overall purpose of the ABEM Emergency Medicine Fellowship is to provide talented, early-career health science scholars in emergency medicine with the opportunity to experience and participate in evidence-based healthcare or public health studies that improve the care and access to care of patients in domestic and global health care systems. Supported through an endowment from the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates. Diplomates or Active Candidates for Certification by ABEM, who hold non-tenured faculty positions in any university, are eligible for the program.

The ABEM Emergency Medicine Fellowship is part of the NAM Fellowships for Health Science Scholars program. See all opportunities >>

The 2021-23 Call for Nominations (CFN) is now closed. The next CFN will be available in March 2023.

Current Fellow

Arjun Venkatesh MD, MBA, MHS

Arjun Venkatesh MD, MBA, MHS

2019-2021 ABEM Fellow

Dr. Arjun Venkatesh is an Associate Professor and Chief of the Section of Administration in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale University. He is also Scientist at the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. He is a distinguished scholar and leader in academic emergency medicine with accomplishments including over $6 million in extramural funding as a Principal Investigator and authorship of over 90 peer-reviewed publications and federal technical reports. As a health services researcher his work has been supported by the NIH, NIDA, AHRQ and the Emergency Medicine Foundation to study and improve health system outcomes and efficiency. His research has garnered substantial media and policymaker attention by defining quality measures of imaging appropriateness for pulmonary embolism, identifying shifts in drug shortage patterns that hinder emergency care, and highlighting the growing role of emergency departments in hospital admissions and reducing hospital re-admission.

Dr. Venkatesh also leads several innovative national quality improvement and measurement initiatives with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He is co-Principal Investigator of the CMS funded American College of Emergency Physician Emergency Quality Network (E-QUAL). Under his leadership the E-QUAL was founded and grown into the first national ED practice-based research network including over 1,000 EDs and 30,000 emergency clinicians. Based on preliminary estimates, the EDs participating in EQUAL have saved over 10,000 lives from sepsis and over $20 million in costs from potentially avoidable imaging tests and hospitalizations. Given this success, Dr. Venkatesh was recently awarded a $1.4 million grant from the Addiction Policy Forum to apply the EQUAL quality improvement model to engage over 500 EDs in combating the opioid epidemic. Beyond emergency care, Dr. Venkatesh is a nationally recognized leader in quality measurement.  His work for CMS includes the design and implementation of the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings methodology on Hospital Compare and the development of numerous hospital quality and efficiency measures used in public reporting and payment programs.

As recognition and evidence of his expertise, Dr. Venkatesh is frequently selected to national panels of the National Quality Forum, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and CMS. He is a leader of committees in the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and American College of Emergency Physicians, and was awarded the 2017 Young Investigator Award by SAEM. He is originally from Dayton, OH and now resides in New Haven, CT with his wife Pooja, also an academic emergency physician, and two sons.

Past Fellows

Mahshid Abir, MD, MSc

Mahshid Abir, MD, MSc

2017-2019 ABEM Fellow

Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH

Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH

2015-2017 ABEM Fellow

Fellowship Description

The ABEM Emergency Medicine Fellowship is awarded for a two-year period. During this time, the fellow is expected to continue to work at his/her primary academic/research post, while being assigned to a health- and medicine-related board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies). The boards are:

  • Children, Youth, and Families,
  • Food and Nutrition,
  • Global Health,
  • Health Care Services,
  • Health Sciences Policy, and
  • Population Health and Public Health Practice.

The fellowship requires a 10- to 20-percent commitment of time for two years, and includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy, the Fall NAM Annual Meeting, and the meetings of the assigned board. Domestic travel expenses are covered for participation in approved fellowship activities. Additionally, the fellow will participate actively in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its reports or other products. Studies will be identified that would enable the potential for the fellow to contribute to the value of integrating medicine and public health.

This experience will introduce the ABEM Emergency Medicine Fellow to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals. In addition, each fellow will be assigned to an NAM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.

A flexible research grant of $25,000 will be awarded to each ABEM Emergency Medicine Fellow, which will be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution. This grant is not intended for use as a salary offset for the fellow.


Nominees for the ABEM Emergency Medicine Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination by a member of the NAM or a board member of the ABEM
  • ABEM Diplomate or meet the emergency medicine credential requirements for board certification
  • Must hold an M.D. or D.O.
  • Two-to-ten years out from completion of post-graduate work
  • Able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident status at the time of the nomination
Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated by an NAM-appointed committee according to:

  • Professional accomplishments including research and publications
  • Potential for leadership in health policy or health services
  • Quality of letters of recommendation
  • Expertise in an area of relevance to the NAM

Preference will be given to candidates drawn from the field of Emergency Medicine who have a demonstrated interest in, and focus on, advancing the delivery of emergency care and scholarship related to emergency medicine.

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through the online nomination system at and will include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter from a member of the NAM or ABEM Board of Directors
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • A supporting letter from the candidate’s department chair, institute director, or equivalent
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio


Fellowships will be awarded in odd years.

  • March 2023 | Call for nominations opens
  • June 2023 | Nomination packets are due at 3:00pm ET
  • July 2023 | Awardee is notified
  • September 2023 | Fellow orientation week at the NAM is held
  • October 2023 | Fellow is introduced to the Membership at the NAM Annual Meeting 

Program Administration

Inquiries about the ABEM Emergency Medicine Fellowship should be directed to:

Yumi Phillips
Program Officer
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506

The ABEM Emergency Medicine Fellowship was established in 2015 through an endowment from the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

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