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Call for Proposals for CERA Survey About Faculty Vacancies

Deadline for proposals for this special survey of department chairs and residency program directors is October 16, 11:59 pm Eastern time.

CERA, the CAFM Educational Research Alliance, is now accepting proposals for research questions to be included in a survey of program directors and department chairs about faculty vacancies in family medicine education. Proposal topics may cover quantifying vacancies, identifying vacancy trends, underlying reasons for vacancies, strategies to overcome vacancies, as well as other potential topics related to faculty vacancies in family medicine education.  Researchers whose questions are included in the survey will have exclusive access to their portion of the survey results for 90 days. After the 90 days, the data will be made available in the CERA clearinghouse.

The survey will be conducted in February, 2018. 

The survey will collect demographic information in addition to submitted questions. Priority will be given to proposals that are likely to result in high-quality, peer-reviewed publications.

You must be a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, Association of Departments of Family Medicine and/or North American Primary Care Research Group to submit a proposal. Once projects have been approved, an experienced research mentor will join each project team to help refine questions, facilitate analysis, and prepare and submit manuscripts. Because of their extensive involvement, mentors should be included as authors on published papers/presentations.

CERA is a resource to:

  • Increase the quality and frequency of published medical education research
  • Reduce the number of surveys members are asked to complete
  • Provide mentoring and education to junior researchers
  • Provide a clearinghouse of data faculty and residents can use to meet scholarly activity requirements

Next Steps

For additional information or questions, contact Ray Biggs.





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