Applicant Information

The NAM, CMSS, and the Moore Foundation are strongly committed to achieving equity and building a diverse workforce and leadership in diagnostic excellence.  To ensure that the scholars reflect a diverse representation needed to support these goals, the program specifically encourages applications from underrepresented groups in medicine.  Strong preference will be given to candidates whose proposed program objectives advance equity as well as specific recommendations of the 2015 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) consensus report, Improving Diagnosis in Health Care, when applicable.


January 2023
Call for Applications Opens
January 2023
Applicant Info Session (Time TBD)
February 2023
Applicant Info Session (Time TBD)
March 2023
Applications Due at 3pm ET
April 2023
Finalists Notification
May 2023
Finalists’ Video Submissions Due (3pm ET)
May 2023
Scholars Notification
June 21-23, 2023
Scholars’ Orientation in DC


The program seeks exceptional individuals who:

  • Have earned a doctoral degree* in a relevant discipline and completed all post-graduate training
  • Have confirmation from academic department, health system, or equivalent that they have— and can dedicate— sufficient time to participate in the NAM Scholars’ program activities and complete their proposed program in the allotted time

* M.D., D.O., Ph.D., D.N.P., Dr.P.H., etc.

Selection Criteria

Scholars will be selected by an NAM-appointed advisory committee through a national competition on basis of:

  • Record of relevant professional accomplishments and demonstrated leadership in the applicant’s field
  • Potential to advance diagnostic excellence, including diagnostic safety, quality, and equity, and make significant contributions at the national level to reduce diagnostic errors that lead to patient harm
  • The quality and feasibility of the applicant’s program proposal
  • A concise plan for evaluation, dissemination, and implementation of the applicant’s proposed program where applicable (e.g., institution, care setting, professional society) during the one-year program and beyond

Strong preference will be given to candidates whose proposed program objectives advance equity as well as specific recommendations of the report mentioned above, when applicable.

Application Materials

A complete application packet must be submitted electronically through the online application system at and will include the following documents:

  • Applicant form
  • A biosketch (no more than 5 pages) - template is provided in the online application system
  • A letter from the applicant’s institution or specialty/professional society describing the assistance for implementation and/or dissemination of the applicant’s proposal they intend to provide
  • At least one (1) letter of recommendation from individual(s) who can attest to the applicant’s professional achievements, demonstrated leadership and scholarship, contributions to his/her specialty/discipline, and potential for leadership in diagnostic excellence or to drive diagnostic excellence
  • A detailed program proposal intended to improve clinical diagnosis (no more than 3 pages - guidelines are provided in the online application system), which includes:
    • A one- to two-paragraph proposal summary within the 3-page limit
    • Background; proposed solution/implementation; objectives; proposed activities; proposed outcomes; evaluation, dissemination, and implementation plan; and specific reference to how it relates to or forwards a National Academies recommendation for improving diagnosis, as noted above, when applicable

While the proposal may be part of a larger effort, the applicant’s proposed program must have a deliverable that is achievable within the time frame and financial resources of the program.