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. 

Applications are assessed once a year after the February 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 the AACOM Annual Conference each Spring.

Fellowship Standards and Expectations


Membership in the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (the Academy) is reserved for faculty who meet or exceed designated standards to receive recognition for their sustained (at least three to 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. 

a. Teaching/Evaluation (including bedside teaching, faculty development and mentoring)
b. Development of Durable Educational Materials
c. Educational Leadership
d. Educational Research

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 portfolio (See Portfolio Preparation).
  • Participate in annual Academy events such as the annual Academy meeting at the AACOM Annual Conference and attend regularly schedule fellow meetings (typically virtual meetings).
  • 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 AACOM Annual Meetings 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

Before you begin, please read the instructions below!

Current Fellows are available to answer questions and guide you through the application process.  If you are interested in being assigned a mentor, please fill out this request form.

The application for membership will be announced in the fall.

Faculty members are encouraged to self-nominate for fellowship in the Academy. Because the review process focuses on applicants' educational contributions and achievements within a professional context, applicants must provide the Academy with all of the following materials for verification and consideration:

  1. Initial Reference Form (DO THIS FIRST!)
This form must be satisfactorily completed before the candidate submits application materials. Applicants should ask their department chair, dean, or other appropriate official to complete the NAOME Reference Check and return it to AACOM as indicated in the instructions.  

If a referring official does not support a candidate's nomination, the Academy's director will speak with the official before a decision is made regarding the candidate. After a decision is made candidates will be notified of their eligibility to apply.
  1. Personal Attestation Statement
A completed Personal Attestation Statement must be included with the application materials.
  1. Educational Portfolio
Applicants must also submit an educational portfolio that presents evidence of scholarship in only one of the specific educational categories indicated in the Standards for Membership

The portfolio should be constructed following the guidelines and using the template provided for the chosen educational category. See 
Portfolio Preparation

Each fellow will serve as a mentor for future applicants. You are encouraged to work with a NAOME Fellow mentor early in your process of developing your mini-portfolio.  View the contact list of NAOME fellows.  
  1. Curriculum Vitae
Applicants must also include a current CV.

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.

Apply to NAOME

Applications are due February 1, 2019. 

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