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In the three categories of research: Medical Education Research, Institutional Research and Inter-institutional Research, eight grant proposals were funded. Selectors were Fellows from the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators(NAOME) and directors of the Osteopathic Medical Education Research Center (OMERI). This funding cycle’s grantees are as follows:

Medical Education Research

Tatyana Kondrashova, MD, PhD, ATSU-KCOM
Impact of early ultrasound education on development of clinical reasoning skills during first two years of osteopathic medical education through the use of phantoms and standardized patients

Rebecca Giusti, DO, Western U/COMP
Measuring the effectiveness of an intensive summer Osteopathic Principles and Practice teacher assistant training course

Institutional Research

William Cairney, PhD, OPTI-West
Pilot technical report system for teaching students and residents publication fundamentals

Joel Dickerman, DO, St Mary Corwin Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency
Evaluation of an osteopathic manipulation treatment program for chronic back pain to improve resident perceptions of Osteopathic manipulation

Patricia Sexton, DHEd, ATSU-KCOM
Understanding and enhancing LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) acceptance in osteopathic medical schools

Suporn Sukpraprut, PhD, VCOM
Evaluation of quality of life and probability of excessive daytime sleepiness among osteopathic medicine residents in the Osteopathic Medical Network of Excellence in Education (OMNEE)

Mark Terrell, EdD, LECOM at Seton Hill
Multi-campus faculty development of educational scholars for integrating the Osteopathic Core Competencies into the preclinical curriculum

Institutional and Inter-Institutional Research

Grace Brannan, PhD, Ohio University COM
Factors affecting osteopathic residency choices 

All winning proposals were reviewed extensively by a panel of Osteopathic Medical Education Research Institute leaders and NAOME Fellows. The purpose of the AACOM Grants Program is to provide support for both medical education research and institutional research through topic-specific endowments.

A generous grant from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation has allowed AACOM to increase its grant offerings. In 2013 and 2014, AACOM will be able to award at least five medical education research grants and five institutional research grants, with the potential for each grant to reach a maximum of $10,000. For more information on the program, visit the Grants, Fellowships and Awards webpage.

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June 2012
Vol. 6, No. 6