The Stemmler Fund was established in 1995 and subsequently named in honor of Dr. Edward J. Stemmler, who was largely responsible for the conception of the program while chair of the NBME. Dr. Stemmler served as the first chair of the Fund's Steering Committee.
The goal of the Stemmler Fund is to provide support for research or development of innovative assessment approaches that will enhance the evaluation of those preparing to, or continuing to, practice medicine. 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. Pilot and more comprehensive projects are both of interest. Collaborative investigations within or among institutions are eligible, particularly as they strengthen the likelihood of the project's contribution and success.
The program invites applications from LCME- or AOA-accredited medical schools.