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Tufts University School of Medicine

IDEAs Award

In recognition of the importance of diversity education at Tufts, Deans Joyce Sackey, MD and Harris Berman, MD, instituted the Innovations in Diversity Education Awards (IDEAS) program. Designed to support undergraduate, medical, resident, or public health education, this intramural grant program helps faculty members pursuing scholarly and innovative work in the areas of workforce diversity, health care disparity and/or promoting cultural competency among students and trainees.

The specific objectives of this program are to stimulate faculty to:

  • Pursue scholarly and innovative approaches to equipping students and trainees with the knowledge, attitude and skills they need to provide care to and promote health among diverse populations and communities
  • Contribute to finding solutions to address challenges relating to workforce diversity
  • Help promote evidence-based approaches to addressing health care disparities

Proposals may focus on innovations in curriculum development, monitoring and evaluation; implementation of interventions aimed at addressing knowledge, attitude and skills in cross-cultural medicine; or enhancing workforce diversity and student development. While proposals may address issues at either undergraduate or graduate level of medical or biomedical 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 Tufts School of Medicine’s educational programs.