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The Lancet Commission presents:
Teachers Training Fellowship on Medicine, Nazism, and the Holocaust

Teaching history can transform learning among health science professionals

There is an urgent need for a new generation of trained educators with knowledge about the history of Medicine, Nazism, and the Holocaust as well as advanced skills in teaching this challenging and complex subject.  Join us and add this unique specialty to your teaching CV.

The year-long pilot fellowship includes: 

  • In-person kick-off in Vienna, Austria, November 10-13, 2023

  • Monthly, 2-hour, distance learning sessions with experts from around the world

  • Individualized matching with a mentoring team of international experts

  • Capstone presentation of work at a major conference in Los Angeles, November 18 & 19, 2024

  • FREE tuition for those accepted to the pilot year cohort

Upon completion of the program, you will have gained: 

  • A certificate of competency

  • Time and access to world renowned experts

  • A community of like-minded colleagues

  • Hands-on pedagogical instruction and practice

  • A unique & practical specialty

Who Should Apply?

Faculty currently teaching in a health science program who want to develop a unique specialty, are interested in being part of an innovative pilot program, and who can find funding for your own travel and accommodations in Vienna and Los Angeles.  Applicants may include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, health science researchers and other health professionals.

Program Cost
Thanks to the generous support of several funders, there will be NO tuition charged for this pilot program in 2023-24.  Free tuition is for this inaugural year only.  Some meals will be provided, but applicants are responsible for funding their own travel and accommodation expenses for the Vienna and Los Angeles in-person meetings. 

Application Information
To apply, send a CV and a letter of interest, no longer than 2 pages, stating your experience, why you are interested in this program, and how you plan to use the material upon completion, to by October 15, 2023. 

Program Funders:

​- Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

Improving health by advancing the education and training of health professionals

 - William Silvers, MD

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  • What is the estimated cost of attending the program, including both in-person sessions?
    Tuition is being waived for the pilot year cohort. Travel costs for the in-person components of this hybrid program will vary depending on where you are traveling from. A reasonable estimate is that the cost for travel and accommodation to attend both conferences will be around $4,000 USD.
  • Will there be an exam to obtain the certificate? How will I be evaluated?
    There is a pre-test that must be completed prior to starting the program, and there will be a post-test exam at completion of the program. Because this is the pilot year, we have not yet established standards for passing the final program exam. Participants will also present a capstone project at the conclusion of the program, which will be evaluated by the program faculty and by their fellow program participants.
  • Where in Vienna & Los Angeles are the events being held? Are they affiliated with universities?
    The Vienna program will be held at the Josephinum, a historical building that is part of the Medical University of Vienna, in conjunction with the Lancet Commission’s release of its Report on Medicine, Nazism and the Holocaust. The Los Angeles program will coincide with the Lessons and Legacies Conference, which is run by Northwestern University and is scheduled for November 18th & 19th, 2024. We do not yet know the specific location.
  • Will the program be free next year?
    No. This opportunity is only available for this year’s pilot program. We anticipate a tuition-based program in the future.
  • How much work is there outside the synchronous virtual sessions and the in-person meeting?
    We estimate there will be 4-5 hours of pre-work for each virtual synchronous session, plus the time that participants will use in developing their capstone projects, including mentor meetings and providing feedback on each other’s projects over the course of the year. It is fair to assume an average of about 8-10 hours per month will be devoted to the program.
  • Who are the world-renowned experts expected to be affiliated with the program?
    The members of the Lancet Commission on Medicine, Nazism and the Holocaust will be the primary faculty for the program. An introduction to the Commission is available here. The Commissioners for the Lancet Commission on Medicine and the Holocaust are: Tessa Chelouche Herwig Czech (Co-Chair) Matthew Fox Sabine Hildebrandt (Co-Chair) Astrid Ley Etienne Lepicard Esteban González-López Miriam Offer Avi Ohry Shmuel Reis (Co-Chair) Volker Roelcke (Former Co-Chair) Maike Rotzoll Carola Sachse Sari J. Siegel Michal Simunek Amir Teicher Kamila Uzarczyk Anna von Villiez Hedy Wald Matthew Wynia More about them here.
  • Is there any opportunity for financial assistance or do all travel costs need to be covered by the participant?
    Perhaps the most important question, and we are still working on this. We have extremely limited scholarship funds available and are hoping to obtain additional funds to support participant travel, but applicants should not count on this.
  • What are the minimum attendance requirements? Will it be possible to watch a recording if I am unable to attend one of the virtual sessions? Is remote participation in the in-person sessions possible?
    Virtual sessions will be held synchronously and will include interactive components that are not replicable using asynchronous methods. Collaborative reflective learning is integral to the program. Therefore, we expect participants to make a concerted effort to attend all sessions. However, we also understand that circumstances can arise that make it impossible to attend a session. If you are unable to attend a virtual meeting, we ask that you let us know in advance or quickly thereafter and completing a makeup assignment will be required. In addition to the makeup assignment, virtual sessions will be recorded and made available to participants. Attendance at all sessions, or completion of the relevant makeup assignment, will be required to obtain the certificate.
  • What is the Syllabus for the program?
    Coming soon.
  • What type of certification is being offered?
    You will receive a certificate of competence in teaching about medicine, Nazism, and the Holocaust. This is not a degree granting program, nor does it provide transferable graduate school credits. In future years, CME credits may be offered, but these are not available for the pilot year (free) cohort.
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