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NAOME Fellowship Application Process

About NAOME Fellowship

Fellowship is earned (and can be renewed) for five-year intervals during which Fellows are asked to mentor and support academic excellence and scholarship in the osteopathic medical education profession.

New applications are assessed once a year after the announced deadline. Each candidate's mini-portfolio, including CV and in the required format, should be submitted electronically on the nomination form on or before the deadline of each year. Fellows are inducted into the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators at Educating Leaders, the AACOM Annual Conference, each Spring.

Fellowship Standards and Expectations


Membership in the Academy is reserved for faculty at osteopathic medical schools, and for those who work in the education of osteopathic physicians, at all levels (i.e. UME, GME, CME), who meet or exceed designated standards recognizing their sustained (at least five years) scholarship in osteopathic medical education. Significant breadth and diversity of experience is expected.

In osteopathic medical education, scholarship includes the integration of osteopathic principles and practices into the academic program, where appropriate.

Faculty must demonstrate scholarship in one of the following four categories. Scholarship moves beyond excellent practice to the development of peer-reviewed educational products that are publicly available.

  1. Teaching/Evaluation (including bedside teaching, faculty development and mentoring)
  2. Development of Enduring Educational Materials
  3. Educational Leadership
  4. Educational Research

What Scholarship Category is Right for You? 

Teaching and Evaluation Educational Leadership 

You mostly teach and/or work with curriulum.

You teach in clinical settings, labs, or online.

You have tangible outcomes. 

You mostly hold significant leadership roles in courses, curriculum development, education-related grant or administrative duties. 

You plan and execute meetings, activities, policy, and curriculum development.

You have mentored others in any capacity.

Educational Research Enduring Materials

You mostly perform research.

Your research is on medical education.

You have been published or have presented nationally.  

You mostly prepare education materials.

You have presented the material at a regional or national conference.

Your work has been evaluated, peer-reviewed, and/or demonstrated to be useful. 

See Scholarship Categories for details of each category.


NAOME Fellows are expected to contribute to the work of the Academy in the following ways: 

  • Serve as a role model and mentor for others at all levels in the profession.
  • Mentor academy applicants in the development of their mini-portfolio.
  • Participate in annual Academy events such as the annual Academy meeting at Educating Leaders, the AACOM Annual Conference, and attend regularly scheduled fellow meetings (typically virtual meetings).
  • Mentor applicants for Educating Leaders abstracts or AACOM Research Grants.
  • Participate in the vetting of ideas/projects at the SOME steering committee's request.
  • Participate in the selection of SOME award recipients.
  • Act as a “think tank” on issues relevant to osteopathic medical education.  It is anticipated that programs may be developed and delivered at Educating Leaders, AACOM Annual Conferences, and at osteopathic medical education program sites.
  • Interact with other NAOME fellows to create and maintain a high-level, proactive, and effective educational resource for the osteopathic medical profession.

NAOME Application Process

Because the review process focuses on applicants’ educational contributions and achievements within a professional context, there are several documents to verify and consider.   You are encouraged to work with a NAOME Fellow mentor early in the process of developing your mini-portfolio. 

Before beginning 

  1. Determine what Scholarship Category best fits your experience
  2. Print Reference Check and obtain signature from your department chair, dean, or other appropriate official
  3. Decide if you will request a NAOME Mentor to help with your mini-portfolio

After the above

  1. Prepare mini-portfolio that presents evidence of scholarship and is constructed following the guidelines and using the template provided in Portfolio Preparation (e.g. not to exceed 25 pages)
  2. Update CV
  3. Submit Application (reference form, mini-portfolio and CV) via this link.

Note: When you submit your mini-portfolio, you will be asked to attest to the following:

Have you had any disciplinary or adverse action imposed against any professional license or by an institutional governing board, or were you denied professional license, or have you entered into any consent agreement, stipulated order or settlement with any regulatory board; OR have you been notified of any complaints or investigations against your license that have not yet been resolved and/or have you been notified of any institutional disciplinary actions that have not yet been resolved?

Reapplication Form

Please download and use the NAOME Reapplication Form if you are a current NAOME Fellow applying for an additional term.

Application Review Process

All applications will be reviewed by a Review Panel in a manner similar to an NIH grant-review study section (see Selection Process). Individuals meeting or exceeding the criteria will be accepted as Fellows in the Academy.