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Medical Education Research Grants

The Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA) supports and encourages scholarship in medical education. To help its members participate in opportunities that provide educational scholarship, the SGEA provides funding to initiate new Medical Education Scholarship, Research and Evaluation (MESRE – formerly RIME) proposals.

The SGEA will provide up to three research grants for two years.  The grant award may total up to $5,000 for submissions involving one institution and $7,500 for submissions involving the collaboration of two or more institutions. The SGEA also seeks to promote collaborative projects across institutions, and sections (UGME, GME, CME, and MESRE), and seeks to stimulate the development of a community of educational scholars. Project proposals must be consistent with previously published criteria for scholarship and provide additional opportunities for others to build upon this work.

2018 SGEA MESRE Grant Call for Proposals 

For the September 2018 Grant Cycle, we are encouraging projects aimed at addressing competency-based assessment (including EPAs and milestones), self-directed learning, inter-professional education and practice, or learning environments. The Call for Proposals closes on September 30, 2018. Additional questions should be directed to Dr. Cayla Teal (

2017-2019 Grant Recipients

Refinement of the Team Development Measure for Effective Use in Assessment of Teamwork in Interprofessional Education Activities
Kelly Lockeman, PhD, Project Leader- $7,500
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
(collaborating with University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus)

Making a physician: Exploring medical students’ experience of professional identity development during clerkships
Michael S. Ryan, MD, MEHP, Project Leader - $5,000
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

2016-2018 Grant Recipients

Uncovering the Impact of Feedback on Medical Student Professional Identity Formation using Autoethnography
Ashleigh Wright, MD, Project Leader- $7,440
University of Florida
(collaborating with Vanderbilt School of Medicine, McGovern Medical School, and Wake Forest University)

Creating a Quick Teamwork Assessment Scale
John Paige, MD Project Leader- $5,000
LSU Health Sciences Center – New Orleans

Establishing Minimum Competencies for Critical Care Ultrasound Among Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows: Effect of a Longitudinal Training Program
Matthew Lammi, MD, Project Leader - $5,000
LSU Health Sciences Center – New Orleans

2015-2017 Grant Recipients

Effects of Physician Stigma on Medical Decisions 
Kathleen Crapanzano, M.D., Project Leader
LSU Health Sciences Center - Baton Rouge

Improving Resuscitation Team Function in a University Hospital: A Simulation-Enhanced, Team-Based, Inter-Professional Intervention
Lorrel Brown, M.D., Project Leader
University of Louisville School of Medicine

2014-2016 Grant Recipients

Let’s get started: Online faculty development modules for a competency based portfolio
Zareen Zaidi, M.D., Project Leader
University of Florida

2013 - 2015 Grant Recipients

Understanding patient safety attitudes and perceptions about error reporting across professions
Principle Investigator: Deborah DiazGranados, Ph.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University

What fosters professional identity development in medical school?
Principle Investigator: Denise Kay, Ph.D.
University of Central Florida

2012 - 2014 Grant Recipients

Validating a Cultural Competence Module for Medical Students
Principle Investigator: Karen Hughes Miller, Ph.D.
University of Louisville

About the SGEA

Contact SGEA

SGEA Chair
Nicole Borges, PhD
Professor, Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences
University of Mississippi Medical Center

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Steve McKenzie
Director, Constituent Engagement

Sarah Brown
Constituent Engagement Specialist

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