FILL THE GAP PROGRAM

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology has initiated a new program with the goal of training the next generation of anatomy faculty. This is our Fill the GAP (Gross Anatomy Postdoctoral) Fellowship program.

Since academic faculty positions are increasingly difficult to obtain, advanced training in the instruction of gross anatomy, in addition to postdoctoral research, is an excellent way to become a more competitive applicant. Recent surveys by the American Association of Anatomists have concluded that a majority of U.S. medical schools anticipate great difficulty in recruiting gross anatomy educators over the next five years. To address this national need for true researcher/anatomist educators, the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Brody School of Medicine of East Carolina University (ECU) began the Fill the GAP Fellowship Program.

Postdoctoral Fellows in our program will be trained to be a teacher and a researcher by dual-mentoring. The program will be tailored to the individual based on their previous experience, but in the end each fellow will have outstanding portfolios in both research and teaching. Working together with an excellent researcher and an excellent teacher, the Postdoctoral Fellow will gain the capacity for independence and the competitive edge to obtain a position as an Assistant Professor.

Postdoctoral fellows who have received their Ph.D. and have completed an original research project are now are ready to be mentored to be a teacher and a researcher. This will be accomplished by dual-mentoring. Working together with an outstanding researcher and an outstanding teacher a postdoctoral fellow can gain the capacity for independence. Throughout the duration of the program, fellows will conduct an independent basic science research project under the supervision of a research faculty mentor. In addition, the program reserves time for fellows to participate in the Brody School of Medicine’s gross anatomy courses in the fall and summer semesters working with outstanding teachers. The program for each GAP fellow will be tailored to the individual based on their previous experience, and thus will be three to four years in duration. In the end each fellow will have outstanding portfolios in both research and teaching. Working together with an excellent researcher and an excellent teacher, the Postdoctoral Fellow will gain the capacity for independence and the competitive edge to obtain a position as an Assistant Professor.

To apply to the Fill the GAP program, reply by email with your CV and a cover letter indicating your interests. We are excited about our new Fill the GAP program and look forward to providing you with more information.

Cheryl B. Knudson, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Brody School of Medicine, 7N-100
East Carolina University
600 Moye Blvd
Greenville, NC 27834

Phone: 252-744-2852 or 252-744-2851 (departmental office)
Fax: 252-744-2850
Email: knudsonc@ecu.edu