Program Description

Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, this collaborative program with the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) supports up to 10 scholars in a one-year, part-time remote experience to enhance the scholars’ knowledge and skills in diagnostic quality and safety, and accelerate their career development in becoming national leaders in the field.  Scholars will build upon the work of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) consensus report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care (2015), and propose the implementation of projects that will improve diagnosis and reduce diagnostic errors at the national level.

The call for applications will open in January 2021, with the first cohort of scholars to begin their program participation in July 2021. An NAM-appointed advisory committee will select scholars who are interested in focusing on diagnosis-related work from a broad range of disciplines and professions — including physicians, advanced practice clinicians, quality experts, informaticians, and researchers.

Each scholar will receive a stipend of $35,000 to support various program-related activities and participate in a structured online curriculum, cohort learning activities, and professional networking opportunities through the NAM and CMSS.  In addition, each scholar will be matched with a personal mentor who can provide subject matter/technical expertise for the work of the scholar and/or professional guidance to the scholar.

Details about the eligibility and selection criteria, application packet, and other information are forthcoming. 

Program Timeline

  • January 2021 | CFA opens
  • January/February 2021 | Applicant webinars are held
  • February/March 2021 | CFA closes
  • March/April 2021 | Selection of finalists is made
  • May 2021 | Announcement of the scholars is made
  • July 1, 2021 | Scholars begin the program participation
  • October 18, 2021 | Scholars are introduced to NAM membership at Annual Meeting

Program Administration

Inquiries about the NAM Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence program 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
Email: /

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Program Sponsor

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the Bay Area.  Visit or follow @MooreFound on Twitter.

Partner Organization


The Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) is a coalition of 45 specialty societies representing more than 800,000 physicians across healthcare. Representing every specialty, from primary care to surgery, CMSS catalyzes improvement across specialties through convening, collaborating, and collective action.

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