APPD FUEL (Fostering UIM Education Leadership) Faculty Mentoring Program

What is the FUEL Program?

The FUEL Program aims to increase diversity in pediatric medical education leadership through professional development and mentorship of underrepresented in medicine early career faculty. Participants will be exposed to the many careers in pediatric medical education, as well as the professional development opportunities and educational leaders within the APPD community. The program is based on mentorship, sponsorship and representation with a focus on experiential learning.


Program Features

Quarterly FUEL Scholars programming to occur in conjunction with the APPD Annual Spring Meeting (May 16-19, 2022 in San Diego) and APPD Fall Meeting, as well as interim cohort meetings in Winter and Summer to include:

  • Overview of careers in medical education
  • Promotion in education leadership roles
  • Personal career planning
  • Panel discussions/speed mentoring with UIM educational leaders
  • Networking with APPD leadership and members
  • Membership in the UIM in Pediatrics GME Learning Community
  • Complimentary registration and travel stipend toward APPD Annual Spring Meeting

Target Participants

  • Member of APPD
  • Early career faculty (first 3 years in role) in an educational leadership position (Rotation Director, Coach, Core Faculty member, Assistant Program Director, etc.)
  • Underrepresented in medicine: as defined by the AAMC, “those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population”.
  • Committed to attend all meetings during cohort cycle, including in person attendance at the APPD Annual Spring Meeting

Application Process

The application process is web-based and requests:

  • Demographic information
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of intent to address:
    • Description of your educational role
    • Interest in the program and description of how the program aligns with your future career goals and specific interest in medical education.
    • 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?
  • Statement of support from education leader (i.e. Program Director or DIO) addressing the nature of applicant’s educational role, potential for advancement in educational leadership, and how applicant would benefit from program. (250 word max)
  • Signed attestation of support from your Department Chair

Applications Closed

FUEL Program Leadership

Co-Directors, FUEL Faculty Mentoring Program

Megan Aylor, MD
Oregon Health & Science University

Elizabeth Bonachea, MD
Nationwide Children's Hospital/Ohio State University

Hayley Altman Gans, MD
Stanford University

Anshu Gupta, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

Oriaku Kas-Osoka, MD, MEd
University of Nevada School of Medicine (Las Vegas)

Jessica Reid Adam, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Kravis Children's)

FUEL Scholars (2022)

Maria Brown, MD
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Antwon Chavis, MD
Oregon Health & Science University

Kamilah Halmon, MD
Inova Fairfax Medical Campus/Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital

Christian Lawrence, MD
University of North Carolina

Kimberly Montez, MD
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Laura Rubinos, MD
University of California (San Francisco)

Andria Tatem, MD
Baylor College of Medicine (Houston)

Frances Turcotte Benedict, MD
Children’s Mercy Hospital