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COD Fellowship Program Guidelines and Application Process

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We have made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend the COD Fellowship Program for the upcoming 2020-2021 cycle out of concern for the impact of the current pandemic on our ability to deliver a consistent, quality program for this year’s applicants. At this time, we do not anticipate a change to the overall application process for the 2021-2022 cycle. The application process for this cycle is scheduled to open in February 2021.

The COD Fellowship Program was created to enhance the development of future leaders in academic medicine. It is designed for senior faculty members, including department chairs and assistant and associate deans, who are interested in being considered for deanships in the near future. (Note: The program is not intended for candidates currently under active consideration for appointment to a deanship.)

Review the complete 2020-2021 application and program guidelines (PDF) before applying. 

Program Components

The 2020-2021 COD Fellowship Program requires a part-time commitment of Fellows during the academic year and encompasses four components:

  • Exposure to dean mentoring including, at the least, two visits (each up to a week-long in duration) to the medical schools of two dean mentors.
  • Participation in meetings of the COD and COD Administrative Board to learn about the strategic goals and activities of the Council.
  • Participation in the Executive Development Seminar for Deans.
  • Completion of a leadership project (PDF) of importance to the Fellow's professional development.

Financial support

The cost of participation in the COD Fellowship Program is the responsibility of the fellow’s home institution.

Application process

Please address applications to:

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice 
Chair, COD Fellowship Committee
President and Dean
Morehouse School of Medicine 

An application for the COD Fellowship Program contains the following three items:

  • A cover letter addressing the reasons for the applicant’s interest in the fellowship and including a statement of career goals

  • A curriculum vitae

  • A letter of support from the applicant’s dean*

*If we receive more than one application from a single school, the dean will be asked to nominate a single candidate.

Please download the complete application and program guidelines above. For additional information or to submit an application, please email codfellowship@aamc.org.

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