APPD AIMS (Advancing Inclusiveness in Medical Education Scholars) Program

What is the AIMS Program?

The AIMS Program provides professional development and mentorship with the objective of exposing underrepresented in medicine pediatric residents to the APPD community, and careers in pediatric medical education, earlier in their training with the goal of increasing diversity in pediatric medical education leadership.

Recent Publication:
AIMS: Increasing Diversity in Graduate Medical Education Leadership

Lahia Yemane, MD; Emma Omoruyi, MD, MPH; Patricia Poitevien, MD, MSc; Rebecca Blankenburg, MD, MPH
J Grad Med Educ (2022) 14 (3): 340–342.

Program Features

  • AIM Scholars programming the day prior to the APPD Annual Spring Meeting, including
    • Overview of careers in medical education
    • Panel discussions
    • Speed mentoring
    • Networking with APPD leadership and members
  • Paired with a faculty mentor outside of your institution who is a member of the UIM Learning Community
  • Attend the APPD Annual Spring Meeting, including the UIM Learning Community meeting during the conference

The application process is web-based and requests:

  • 2nd year categorical pediatric resident or child neurology resident or 3rd year resident in a combined pediatrics program in good standing at a residency program that is a member of APPD
  • Those who identify as Underrepresented in Medicine
  • Required to attend the pre-conference and APPD Annual Spring Meeting
  • Complete online application

Application Requirements

  • Demographic information
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Short essay questions,
    • Why are you interested in applying for this program? How does it align with your future career goals in medical education leadership?
    • What specific goals or skill sets would you like to gain from this program?
    • What skill sets and/or perspectives do you bring to this program?
  • Letter of recommendation from your Residency Program Director
  • Letter of recommendation from another Pediatric Faculty Member at your institution

The call for applications for Cohort 5 is now closed.

AIMS Program Leadership

Tye Winters, DO

Co-Director, AIMS (2024-2026)
Program Director, Atlantic Health/Goryeb Children's Hospital

Andria Tatem, MD, MEd

Co-Director, AIMS (2024-2026); Chair, URIM Learning Community (2023-2025)
Associate Residency Program Director, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Emma Omoruyi Headshot

Emma Omoruyi, MD, MPH

Past Director and Co-Founder
Program Director, UTHSC Houston
Lahia Yemane Headshot

Lahia Yemane, MD

Past Director and Co-Founder
Associate Program Director, Stanford

2024 Cohort

APPD AIMS-Cohort 5

2023 Cohort

APPD AIMS-2.14.23 slides_rev

2022 Cohort

APPD AIMS 2022 Cohort

2021 Cohort

APPD AIM Scholars 2021

2020 Cohort

APPD Aims 2020 Cohort


Donations may be made to the APPD Advancing Inclusiveness in Medical Education Scholarship (AIMS) for Underrepresented Minorities in Pediatric Medical Education Fund.


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