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The 2017 Submission Portal

The 2017 submission portal is now closed. 

AACOM's Grants Program includes awards for medical education research and institutional research. Institutional research is a broad category of work done at colleges (and across colleges within a profession) to inform decision-making and planning. Topics related to workforce issues—such as the implications of the expansion of osteopathic medical colleges, branch campuses, additional teaching sites, and class sizes—are of increasing interest

Available Awards

  • Up to $5,000 for single campus research or smaller collaborative studies
  • Up to $10,000 for larger collaborative studies across educational programs

Selection information

  • Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of NAOME Fellows. 
  • Priority will be given to projects that provide the potential for inter-institutional collaboration.
  • Proposals with specific, feasible strategies for continuing or sustaining the project/activity beyond the grant period will also be given preference. 

Purpose

To provide topic-specific medical education research and institutional research grants.  While collaborative, multi-institution research studies are most appropriate for each year's topic areas, the grant could support a pilot study or serve as the basis for seeking matching funds at individual institutions.

Medical  Education Themes

  • Identification of best practices in the teaching / learning and assessment of the core competencies / Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)
  • Identification of best practices in the teaching / learning and assessment of student interprofessional competencies
  • Identification of the distinctive features of OME (e.g. training in the use of touch as part of osteopathic practice, etc)
  • Identification of faculty/preceptor development approaches that lead to positive change in student learning outcomes
  • Studies comparing the outcomes of student learning in inpatient and outpatient teaching / learning environments
  • Identification of strategies to encourage students to begin developing clinical reasoning/problem solving skills during their first two years of medical school
  • Identification of factors influencing diversity within undergraduate and graduate medical education
  • Impact of technology on student learning and assessment
  • Impact of interprofessional education on practice habits/ patient outcomes 

Institutional Research Themes

  • Analysis of factors that influence both specialty choice and choice of geographic setting for practice - beyond teaching / learning approach (to include SES and demographics of students)
  • Analysis of factors influencing selection of OGME vs ACGME
  • Analysis of institutional support factors influencing student success in med school
  • Analysis of institutional support factors influencing student success in post graduate training
  • Analysis of factors influencing student selection of medical school for attendance
  • Analysis of factors beyond the MCAT and undergrad GPA in predicting medical school success (for example - nature and quality of pre-requisites)
  • Identification of factors that might influence the success of volunteer preceptors
  • Analysis of the relationship between chronological order of clinical rotations and specialty choice 

Note:  Each grant will be for a period of 18 months and will not be renewable. Required project updates and a final project summary must be submitted to AACOM at intervals outlined in award letters.

Format

Proposal must be submitted as an electronic Word (or PDF) document – no longer than three to five pages, with margins of at least 1” on all sides.  The text portion of the application materials must be in 12 point, Times New Roman font, with 1.0 line spacing. This document and the relevant support letters will be uploaded into the Proposal Form below.

Eligibility

Applicants must be educators at Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, including their OPTI programs.

Proposal Document

Proposals must include:

A.    Proposal narrative for research proposals (three to five pages maximum, not including literature cited or biographical sketch):  

a.      Specific research aims

b.      Background and significance

c.      Statement of specific research question

d.      Research design and methods

e.      SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-delimited) objectives

f.       Plan for ‘publication’ of results (journal submission or AACOM Annual Meeting presentation proposal)

g.      Sustainability

h.      Literature cited  

i.       Relevant professional background of principal investigator(s).

B.  Budget – Provide a budget justification detailing each budget line item. Include only direct costs related to the research project.  Not allowable are capital expenditures (including investigator or staff salaries), rent/utilities or any other indirect costs.

Reminder: Research grants will be supported to the maximum amount of $5,000 for single educational program study or small collaborative study, or to the maximum amount of $10,000 for larger collaborative studies across educational programs. 

Support Documents

  • Letter(s) of commitment from department chair(s) (and external collaborator(s) if relevant)
  • Institutional IRB support document or waiver (from each institution involved in study)
    • This documentation must be submitted if your study involves Human Subjects
    • This documentation must specifically indicate the IRB Approval Date or if IRB review is 'pending'
    • This documentation must indicate any IRB exemption categories approved by your IRB, if applicable
    • This documentation must include your institution's Human Subject Assurance Number
    • Please note that grant funds will not be made available until official IRB approval or exemption proof is provided
  • Approval by college or hospital research office (from each institution involved in study)

Selection Information 

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of Osteopathic Medical Education Research Institute leaders and NAOME Fellows. 

Priority will be given to projects that provide the potential for inter-institutional collaboration.  Proposals with specific, feasible strategies for continuing or sustaining the project/activity beyond the grant period will also be given preference.

Questions? Contact:
Lynn Bragan


Assessment Rubric for Grant Submissions (pdf)

Grant Change Request Form (.dox)

2016-17 Grant Status Report

Navigating the AACOM Research Grants Application

 


Key Dates

Proposal Portal Opens
Thurs, Nov 10, 2016

Proposal Portal Closes
Thurs, Feb 9, 2017

Proposals Distributed for Review
Thurs, Feb 16, 2017

Reviewers Return Proposals
Wed, Apr 5, 2017

Potential Reviewers' Prioritization Meeting
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

Notification of Grant Award Status
Thurs, May 18, 2017 (by 5:00 PM ET)

Checks Sent 
Thurs, Jun 11, 2017

Grant Work Begins 
Sat, July 1, 2017


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