In recognition of the importance of teaching at Tufts, former Dean, Michael Rosenblatt, MD, introduced the Innovations in Education Intramural Grant Program in 2004. This program is designed to promote and support teaching innovations developed by our faculty that will enhance the core educational programs and overall mission of Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). The program will be administratively managed by the Office of Educational Affairs under the guidance of the TUSM Dean for Educational Affairs.
The specific objectives of this program are to stimulate faculty to:
- Reflect on ways to advance the mission of TUSM through curricular change
- Develop new approaches to teaching and learning that are creative, innovative, and more effective in addressing fundamental educational and programmatic issues
- Implement and evaluate new educational models that will reinforce our tradition of continuous improvement and teaching excellence
Proposals may focus on innovations in instruction (e.g., teaching methods for the classroom, laboratory, bedside, or faculty development), evaluation (evaluation of learner or teacher performance), or content (areas not adequately addressed in the current curriculum). Innovations that cross disciplines, years, departments, etc., are encouraged. While proposals may address issues at any level of medical education, priority will be given to those with the greatest potential both to meet the most pressing needs and to have the maximum impact on TUSM’s educational programs.
In submitting a grant proposal, preference will be given to those projects transferable to all TUSM medical students versus those that may be relevant for a small number of students at a given training site. In addition, for this cycle, preference will be given to projects addressing the areas listed below.
Interprofessional education (IPE) pilot projects where medical students work directly with other students in the healthcare professions
- Strategies to promote small group learning (1st two years of medical school), especially those that utilize educational technology
- Pilot projects to create a fourth year capstone/readiness for internship for senior medical students
- Creating a curriculum to enhance student training in use of the electronic health record
- Pilot projects that integrate public health, quality and safety into clinical experiences
- Palliative care and pain management