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Call for Proposals for Research Questions for CERA Surveys

CERA, the CAFM Educational Research Alliance, is now accepting proposals for research questions for two surveys:

  • Family Medicine Residency Directors: Deadline for proposals is February 26, 2015
  • Family Medicine Clerkship Directors: Deadline for proposals is February 26, 2015

The surveys 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. For the residency director survey, questions about the recent changes in graduate medical education will also be given preference.

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 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.

Researchers whose questions are included in the survey will have exclusive access to their portion of the survey results for 90 days. After that, the data will be made available in the CERA clearinghouse.

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

Research grants are available for CERA projects. Funding is provided by the Institute for Innovative Technology in Medical Education (iInTime). The current funding priority is for publication/presentation of results.

For additional information or questions, contact Veronica Smith.


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