News and Commentary Announcing the Catalyst Awards for Transformation in Graduate Medical Education

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The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the only national foundation dedicated solely to improving the education of health professionals, announces the availability of the Catalyst Awards for Transformation in Graduate Medical Education (GME) to support interventions in the clinical learning environment that enhance graduate medical education and improve the experience of learners. The goal of the Catalyst Award is to provide support for specific strategies that support civility, psychological safety, and thriving in the clinical learning environment for residents and fellows.  

Successful proposals will describe, implement and evaluate innovative strategies to equip learners with the tools, skills, and strategies not just to meet current challenges but to flourish in the clinical learning environment.

Grant applications will be evaluated on the following key dimensions:

  • Relevance to the Macy Foundation’s three priority areas
  • Importance and originality
  • Significance, generalizability, and potential for spread
  • Sustainability after the period of project support ends, including evidence of institutional commitment such as matching support
  • Focus on the clinical learning environment
  • Strong evidence of co-creation between faculty and learners in the design and leadership of the project

Examples of Topics in the Clinical Learning Environment:

  • Implementing strategies for managing racist and/or abusive patients
  • Assessing systems approaches for equitable assessment of learners
  • Identifying novel solutions for addressing moral distress among residents/fellows
  • Implementing strategies to reduce mistreatment and improve belonging
  • Creating opportunities in the CLE for sharing concerns without fear of retaliation
  • Addressing and mitigating social determinants of success in medical education, I.e., holistic retention strategies

Award Timeline:

  • July 15, 2022: Application Portal Opens (the application form will be based on the general questions in the President’s Grants)
  • September 15, 2022: Applications Due
  • December 15, 2022: Announcement of Awards
  • January 1, 2023: Funding Commences

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