Stemmler Fund Celebrates 25th Anniversary with More Grants

Posted July 15, 2020

Stemmler Fund Announces Expanded Cohort of Recipients for 2020

In celebrating 25 years of the Edward J. Stemmler, MD, Medical Education Research Fund, an expanded cohort of recipients have received funding for their projects, which address critical areas of assessment of medical education.

Four projects were chosen to receive grant funds totaling nearly $600,000. Funding of these projects is designed to support research or development of innovative approaches for assessing those preparing or continuing to practice medicine.

In its 25 years, the Stemmler Fund has awarded nearly 100 grants to recipients whose projects focused on key areas such as practitioner performance, validity of assessments, applications of technology and effectiveness of teaching practices. The contributions of Stemmler Fund recipients have helped medical assessments continuously evolve to reflect current medical practice and helped to ensure all medical students and physicians are held to the highest standards.

About this year’s award recipients:

Lorelei Lingard, PhD, Professor in the Department of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Education Research & Innovation in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, and Stefanie Sebok-Syer, PhD, Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine with Stanford University School of Medicine, were awarded $149,999 over two years for their project entitled, “Conceptualizing and Assessing Interdependent Performance in Collaborative Clinical Environments.”

Pilar Ortega, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Lisa Diamond, MD, MPH, Assistant Attending Physician in the Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, were awarded $149,971 over two years for their project entitled, “Medical Spanish Proficiency Assessment: Evaluating Physician Communication with Spanish-speaking Patients in Medical Education Settings.”

Brigitte Smith, MD, Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine, was awarded $148,248 over two years for her project entitled, “Are Longitudinal Assessments of Multiple Competencies During Training Associated with Physicians’ Patient Care Outcomes in Practice?”

Paul Joshua Chung, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, was awarded $150,000 over two years for his project entitled, “Automated Scenario Generation from Public Datasets for Simulation-based Training in Surgery.”

The Stemmler Fund was named in honor of Dr. Edward J. Stemmler, who recognized that assessment of medical education should evolve to address advances in science and medicine. Dr. Stemmler was largely responsible for the conception of the program and served as the first chair of the Fund’s Steering Committee.

There are more than 190 medical schools in the United States, and they are constantly evolving in response to scientific advancements and the needs of society. This continuous, rapid evolution in medical education means that innovative and reliable assessments to evaluate physician preparedness are more important than ever.


Stemmler Fund Now Accepting Letters of Intent for 2020-2021 Cycle

In support of innovation in medical education assessment, the Edward J. Stemmler, MD, Medical Education Research Fund of NBME is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Call for Letters of Intent. The application deadline is Aug. 15, 2020.

Celebrating 25 years, the Stemmler Fund provides support for research and development in innovative assessment methodologies or techniques, with the potential to advance assessment in medical education or practice. Expected outcomes include advances in the theory, knowledge, or practice of assessment at any point along the continuum of medical education, from undergraduate and graduate education and training, through practice. 

In the 2020-2021 funding cycle, applicants may request up to $150,000 of NBME funding support for a project period of up to two years. Click here for instructions on how to submit a Letter of Intent. More information on eligibility can be found here.

During these unprecedented times, it is especially important to celebrate good news and remarkable individuals. On its official website this summer, NBME will highlight people and programs that advance the science of assessment and medical education. 

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