The Program Enhancement Award, run from 2013-2017, provided funding for family medicine programs to implement enhancements at their institutions while developing the leadership skills of family medicine faculty. Preference was given to programs whose project leaders are early in their academic careers.
The applicant program designs a project that enables a hands-on learning and leadership opportunity for a faculty member (project leader) around a specific program enhancement. A project consultant(s) from another institution is identified. The project leader receives skills/training related to the defined program enhancement and are expected to serve as the leader of the implementation at their home institution.
This training experience may be conducted at the applicant's institution (home) or at the consultant's institution (host). The enhancements may be in one of several areas enumerated under funding preferences. The host institution(s) may be any outside institution relevant to the project. Examples of qualified hosts are other departments or teaching programs in any specialty, other universities, and foundations or government agencies that are leaders in areas relevant to the program enhancement.
Project funds may be used to support travel expenses for the project leader and/or for a site visit by the project consultant. Funds may not be used for salary support.