National Academy of Medicine

American Board of Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Mahshid Abir, MD, MSc
2017-2019 ABEM Fellow

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) bring together the most eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country to work together to provide nonpartisan, scientific, and evidence-based advice to national, state, and local policymakers; academic leaders; health care administrators; and the public. The National Academies are uniquely qualified to offer an exceptional learning environment to selected early-career health science scholars and future leaders in medicine and public health. Through an endowment from the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), the ABEM Emergency Medicine Fellowship was established under the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Fellowship program in 2015.


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. 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.

  • Program 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. The boards are:

    • Children, Youth, and Families
    • Food and Nutrition
    • Global Health
    • Health Care Services
    • Health Sciences Policy
    • 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 in October, the Fall NAM Annual Meeting and the meetings of the assigned board. 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 a NAM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.

    A flexible research stipend of $25,000 will be awarded to each ABEM Emergency Medicine Fellow. The stipend will be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution. Stipends are not intended for use as salary offsets.

  • Eligibility Criteria

    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. citizenship or permanent resident status at the time of the nomination
  • Selection Criteria

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

    • Professional accomplishments including research and publications
    • Potential for leadership in health policy or health services
    • Quality of letters of recommendations
    • 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
  • Timeline

    • March 1, 2017 | Call for nominations
    • June 1, 2017 | Nomination packet due
    • July 14,  2017 | Awardee notified
    • October 16, 2017 | Awardee introduced to the NAM membership at the NAM Annual Meeting
    • October 23-27, 2017 | Fellow orientation week at the NAM
  • Program Administration

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

    Gregg S. Margolis, PhD
    Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
    National Academy of Medicine
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    Phone: (202) 334-1506

  • Current ABEM Fellow Biography

    Mahshid Abir, MD, MSc

    Dr. Abir is an emergency physician and health services researcher with a joint appointment at the University of Michigan and the RAND Corporation. She is the director of the ACUTE Care Research Unit (ACRU) at the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. Dr. Abir’s research evaluates the continuum of acute care delivery in the United States, including pre-hospital, emergency, inpatient, and ambulatory care, with a focus on addressing policy-related questions pertaining to utilization, quality, efficiency, outcomes, and costs of acute care delivery in these settings.