Academy of Medical Educators Announces
Four New Innovations Funding Grants

The Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators at UCSF is pleased to announce four new Innovations Funding grant awards for the 2013-2014 academic year. Totaling $102,000, these intramural grants are expected to make significant contributions to curricular and educational excellence in the UCSF School of Medicine.

Innovations Funding grants for 2013-2014 are:

  • An Experiential Learning Curriculum in Global Health Ethics Using Simulation: Principal Investigator Phuoc V. Le, MD, MPH, DTM&H, working with Marcia Glass, MD, Marwa Shoeb, MD, MS, Madhavi Dandu, MD, MPH and Sandrijn van Schaik, MD, PhD, will develop a simulation-based curriculum for global health ethics comprised of five ethically challenging scenarios taking place in resource-poor settings, and pilot it with a cohort of GME trainees from multiple disciplines.

  • The Online Integrated Radiology Curriculum (IRC):Principal Investigator David M. Naeger, MD, working with Emily Webb, MD and Andrew Phelps, MD, will develop a matrix of online learning modules to broadly cover all essential areas of Radiology, assess the modules’ perceived value and the degree to which the content helps courses meet teaching goals, and assess the value of an integrated, longitudinal Radiology curriculum in the context of a medical school curriculum that integrates clinical content early.

  • Patient Safety in Graduate Medical Education: Deliberate Practice Through Simulation: Principal Investigator Stacy Sawtelle, MD, working with Stuart Maxwell, MD at UCSF Fresno, will develop and implement a patient safety curriculum based on deliberate practice, and an assessment tool to document progress in the core competencies and milestones in Emergency Medicine.

  • Bridging the Training Gap: A Bidirectional Global Telehealth-based CurriculumPrincipal Investigator Aylin S. Ulku, MD, PhD, working with Faye Chan, MD, MPH, Ethel Wu, MD and Trevor Jensen, MD, will design and pilot a framework for case discussions using a telehealth-based forum highlighting bidirectional exchange between UCSF and UCSF affiliated sites (Haiti and Indian Health Services), implement a medical curriculum leveraging the unique aspects of global health to strengthen trainee education in the ACGME milestones and core competencies, and create a web-based archive of cases discussed with supplemental resources for self-directed trainee learning.

The Academy’s Innovations Funding program, open to both Academy and non-Academy faculty, provides intramural grants for the development of new curricular programs and promotion of constructive curricular change. Since the program's inception, the Academy has awarded more than $2 million to 100 projects. The call for the next cycle of Innovations Funding grants will be released in September 2013. More information is available at