Rathmann Family Foundation

Teaching and Mentoring Academy Fellowship in Patient-Centered Care

The application deadline for 2024 - 2025 was on March 25, 2024.
Applications for the 2025 - 2026 year will open in February 2025. 


The Fellowship program provides part-time protected funding for one year of support for a Stanford faculty member, fellow, or chief resident to pursue scholarly activities focused on the promotion of patient-centered care in medical education. Areas of focus may include instructional design, curriculum development, and/or evaluation. Alternatively, individuals may have topical areas of focus, such as clinical skills, compassion and humanism, or professionalism that they choose to pursue as part of their scholarly project.

In addition to the scholarly project, fellows are expected to attend a weekly Medical Education Fellows' Seminar covering theory and methods in medical education research under the supervision of the program’s faculty director(s) and to teach one afternoon per week as part of the Practice of Medicine course.

The program will provide $50,000 in salary support for the AY2024 - 2025 (September 1, 2024 – August 31, 2025), plus up to $5,000 in project support for the fellow’s project that must be spent within two years (by August 2026).

Approximate Timeline

Application Opens Early February 
 Application Closes Mid - Late March
Interviews Late April - Early May
Decisions Mid May

Application Materials

Application Information

  • Educational Experience involving medical students, residents, and fellows
  • Effort Allocation
  • Personal Statement (max 1 page)
    • Tell us about yourself and your interest in the fellowship
    • Describe your own philosophy of medical education as it relates to patient-centered care
    • Describe how the fellowship will contribute to your career goals
    • Describe a potential project you might carry out during the fellowship year
  • Current CV or Educator's Portfolio

In addition to the information you will be filling out, the following information needs to be submitted by the deadline to complete your application: 

Letters of Reference
Please have the following letters sent

  • 2 professional references who have observed and/or are familiar with your educational activities, achievements and goals who will submit a letter of support on your behalf
  • 2 learner references who have observed and/or are familiar with your education activities, achievements and goals. In the letter the learn should comment on: The context of your experience as a teacher/mentor The teacher/mentor's strength from the learner's perspective and provide examples if possible


Department/Division Approval

All applications require approval by the department chair or division chief of this commitment to apply the fellowship funds to support protected time for this effort. Please have your department chair or division chief send written approval to Claire Medina (cemedina@stanford.edu) of your involvement in the fellowship. 

The approval should include:

  • Expected % effort for 2024-25
  • Acknowledgement of 1 afternoon/week teaching responsibility
  • Name
  • Date


Please note that you are responsible for communicating the deadline and contact information with your references and department chair/division chief. 

Rathmann Fellowship Director

Andre Kumar, MD, MAEd

Rathmann Fellowship Director
Clinical Associate Professor
Division of Hospital Medicine
Stanford University

Past Rathmann Fellows

2024 - 2025

Asheen Rama, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Pediatric Anethesiology
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative,
and Pain Medicine

Lijia Xie, MD MS FACP

Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Hospital
Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine Hospitalist,
Stanford HealthCare TriValley Hospital Medicine

2023 - 2024

Elisa Phillips, MD
Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellow – PGY4
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University

Takudzwa Shumba, MD MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford Family Medicine
Division of Primary Care and Population Health
Stanford University School of Medicine

2022 - 2023

Kim Hoang, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital 
Stanford School of Medicine

Samantha Wang, MD 
Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Hospital Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine

James Xie, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Stanford Health Care & Stanford Children's Health

For questions, contact Claire Medina (cemedina@stanford.edu)