National Academy of Medicine

Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics

Brendan Saloner, PhD, 2015-2017 Greenwall Fellow

Brendan Saloner, PhD, 2015-2017 Greenwall 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 Greenwall Foundation, the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics was established under the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Fellowship program in 2015.

Purpose

The overall purpose of the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics is to provide talented, early-career bioethics scholars with the opportunity to experience and participate in evidence-based healthcare or public health studies and policy-making process that improve the care and access to care of patients in domestic and global health care systems. The Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics enables young investigators to participate actively in the work of the National Academies and to further their careers as future leaders addressing bioethics issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy. The program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates.

  • Program Description

    The Greenwall Fellowship is awarded for a two-year period. During this time, the fellow is expected to continue to work at his/her main academic 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 Greenwall 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 stipend of $25,000 is awarded to each Greenwall 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 Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics must meet the following requirements:

    • Nomination by a member of the NAM
    • An M.D., D.O., J.D., Ph.D., or holder of an equivalent degree, with completion of post-graduate work two to ten years prior to the award
    • Demonstrated interest in, focus on, and scholarship on addressing bioethics issues in clinical care, biomedical research, public health, or public policy
    • Able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
    • Endorsement by the department chair, institute director, or equivalent
  • Selection Criteria

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

    • Professional accomplishments including bioethics research and publications
    • Potential for leadership in bridging bioethics, biomedical research, population health, and health policy
    • Quality of letters of recommendation
    • Expertise in an area of relevance to the NAM
  • Nomination Packet

    A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through the online nomination system at https://fellowship.nam.edu/ and will include the following documents:

    • A nomination letter from a member of the NAM
    • 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 packets 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 Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics should be directed to:

    Marie E. Michnich, DrPH
    Senior Director
    Health Policy Educational Programs and Fellowships
    National Academy of Medicine
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    Phone: (202) 334-1506
    Fax: (202) 334-3862
    Email: mmichnich@nas.edu