The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is pleased to announce a special initiative to fund projects in graduate medical education that support civility, psychological safety, and thriving in the clinical learning environment for residents and fellows.

The Catalyst Award for Transformation in Graduate Medical Education is intended to support interventions in the clinical learning environment that enhance graduate medical education and improve the experience of learners. Successful proposals will describe, implement, and evaluate innovative strategies to equip learners with the tools, skills, and strategies to flourish in the clinical learning environment.

Examples of projects could include:

  • Evolving strategies for managing racist and/or abusive patients
  • Piloting systems approaches for enhancing equitable assessments of learners
  • Identifying solutions to alleviate moral distress among residents and fellows
  • Addressing and mitigating social determinants of success in medical education through holistic retention strategies
  • Supporting psychological safety in diverse, interprofessional teams

Important Information:

  • The application portal will open on July 15 and all applications will be due on September 15. Those selected will be notified by December 15 and funding will commence on January 15, 2023.
  • Six projects will be selected to receive up to $50,000 over a one-year period
  • Applications may be submitted by any resident, fellow and/or faculty member involved with graduate medical education
  • Those programs selected for funding must commit to sending a representative to a convening in early 2024 which will be sponsored and paid for by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
  • Grant applications will be evaluated on the following basis:
    • Importance and originality
    • Sustainability after the period of project support ends including evidence of institutional commitment such as matching support
    • Strong evidence of co-creation between faculty and learners in the design and leadership of the project

Informational Webinar: 

Watch a recording of the July 14, 2022 webinar with president Holly J. Humphrey, which includes an overview of the Catalyst Awards as well as a live Q&A.

Applications Due: September 15, 2022


If you have any questions, please contact us at info@macyfoundation.org

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