Exploring Funding Strategies for Medical Education Research

January 29
Medical Sciences Building, Room S-214
513 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco CA


Special Topics Educational Skills Workshop
Exploring Funding Strategies for Medical Education Research

Led by:

Christy Boscardin, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Office of Medical Education

Bridget O’Brien, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Office of Medical Education

Finding ways to fund education research in the health professions can be challenging. Only a few agencies offer grants expressly supporting medical education research, for example, NBME: Stemmler and Macy Foundation. These grants are extremely competitive and provide relatively small levels of funding. The experiences of faculty who have successfully funded their research in this field suggest that the key is to position one’s education research toward the funding that is available. This workshop brings together a panel of funded medical education researchers to share their experiences, and introduces tools for automating searches for internal and external funding for educational research.

Panel members:

Bill Balke, PhD
Professor in Residence, Department of Medicine
Director, Clinical Research Services, CTSI

Karen Hauer, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Department of Medicine

Jason Satterfield, PhD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Department of Medicine

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Hear a panel of speakers share examples of successful grant applications that funded education research
  • Brainstorm new ways of formulating/framing current research questions
  • Practice aligning one’s own educational research interests with hot topics in other research realms: clinical research, health care policy, social sciences, etc.
  • Review available internal and external funding agencies/sources and databases

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe examples of successful pursuits of grants that supported an education research component
  • Develop strategies to solicit grant funding, including formulating appealing research questions
  • Access funding resources

The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The UCSF School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of two AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

Course No. MGR14075