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Division of General Internal Medicine & Clinical Innovation Program for Medical Education Innovations & Research Program for Medical Education Innovations & Research Innovation Grants

Program for Medical Education Innovations & Research Innovation Grants

Program for Medical Education Innovations and Research (PrMEIR) Innovation Grants provide seed funding and technical assistance for faculty researchers who contribute to medical education scholarship at NYU Langone.

To date, we have awarded more than $500,000 in research funding under the leadership of program director Sondra R. Zabar, MD. Former Innovation Grant recipients recognize the program as a stepping stone in their careers. Others have received full research funding based on pilot data collected from PrMEIR projects.

Each year PrMEIR faculty select an Innovation Grant theme to address challenges in medical education.

2022–23 Innovation Grant Theme

The PrMEIR Innovation Grant theme for 2022–23 is “Improving Health Equity Education: Advancing Assessment to Inform Curriculum, Evaluate Interventions, Ensure Competence, and Capture Impact.”

Health equity is achieving the highest level of health for all people. Health equity entails focused societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities by equalizing the conditions for health for all groups, especially for those who have experienced socioeconomic disadvantage or historical injustices. There is widespread recognition of the need for urgent action to improve medical education in health equity to more effectively address society’s health needs.

Residency and medical schools are committed to implementing health equity curriculum and training, but many are not sure of how best to do so, and even fewer have the critical assessment data needed to drive curricular design, evaluate effectiveness, define and measure competencies, and establish achievement of both immediate and longer-term outcomes across multiple layers of influence (e.g., learners and trainees, educators, learning environments, culture, institutions, healthcare teams, healthcare systems, patients and populations).

The goal of this request for applications is to support educational efforts that address the societal need for physicians who are well equipped to address healthcare disparities and health equity as clinicians, as educators, and as clinical system leaders.

Innovations in medical education that focus on the following areas are of particular interest:

  • using assessment to inform curricular design and evaluate interventions
  • establishing impact with measures that move beyond knowledge and attitudes
  • designing and validating new approaches for the assessment of clinical skills central to health equity
  • capturing the impact of health equity education on patient outcomes

This year’s PrMEIR Innovation Grants are co-sponsored by NYU Langone’s Institute for Excellence in Health Equity to align efforts around medical education as one of the four core pillars of our institution.

How to Apply

Faculty at NYU Langone and other NYU professional schools and colleges are eligible to apply for Innovation Grants. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent summarizing their research project, which includes study aims, research design and methods, and expectations for how findings may impact medical education.

Applicants who have been notified that their letter of intent has been accepted should use the online PrMEIR Innovation Grants submission form to submit a full proposal by June 1, 2022. Please read our full call for submissions for examples of possible research areas and more detailed information about application guidelines.

For more information about PrMEIR Innovation Grants, email Christine Beltran, research coordinator, at with the subject line “PrMEIR Innovation Grants.”

2021 Innovation Grant Recipients

Awardees for the 2021–22 funding cycle are conducting research on the theme of “Taking Your Education Ideas to the Next Level: Using Instructional Design or Implementation Strategies to Enhance Impact.”

Murray J. Berenson, MD, Grant in Medical Education

Ensuring the Implementation of Workplace-Based Assessment in the Core Clerkships Achieves Intended Learning, Fairness, and Transparency Outcomes
Primary investigators: Caroline R. Paul, MD, and Molly E. Poag, MD
Institute for Innovations in Medical Education and Office of Medical Education

Fellows Teaching Faculty Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Exploring Reverse Educational Distance
Primary investigator: Deepak R. Pradhan, MD
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine

Anthony J. Grieco, MD, Medical Education Research Grant

Implementation and Evaluation of the Family Presence Facilitator Role Using Standardized Patients in a Multidisciplinary In Situ Simulation Curriculum
Primary investigators: Ellen L. Duncan, MD, PhD, and Selin T. Sagalowsky, MD, MPH
Department of Pediatrics and Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

Facilitators and Barriers to Implementing a Collaborative Residency Research Block
Primary investigator: Fred W. LaPolla
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