University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Medical Education Innovation Grants

The DOM Education Committee awards grants for educational innovation and scholarship within our department. We are seeking applications from DOM faculty and trainees requesting up to $20,000 for educational projects that support the DOM education strategic plan priorities and goals. These funds cannot be used for faculty salary support.

Application deadline for academic year 2023-2024: March 27, 2023

General Information

Applicants Eligible for Funds

  • Department of Medicine Faculty (SMPH faculty member with a primary DOM appointment)
  • Trainees with an identified DOM Faculty Sponsor

Priorities for Funding Consideration

Promote a Community of Educators devoted to supporting and developing key skills in teaching, program development, scholarship, and career development.

Enhance the practice skills of all learners and educators with curricula applicable to all clinical settings. 

How Applications are Reviewed

The Chair of the DOM Education Committee will assign applications for review by regular and/or ad hoc members of the Education Committee using the rubric included below. The reviewer will present the application to the committee who will vote to determine whether to fund the project and at what amount. The number of applications funded will depend on the score and the availability of funds.

Education Committee approval determines support for the project and the level of funding only. All related purchases and expenses must follow UW purchasing policies, and transactions must go through the required purchasing approval process, which can take time.

Please feel free to reach out to Maggie Miller in Central Finance with any purchasing questions that come up while you are writing your application and budget. We would rather clarify processes and requirements in advance than run into issues later.

Expectations if Funded

Funds will be available on July 1, and must be expended by June 30 the following year. Any funds not encumbered by May 31 will be returned to the Department. The Education Committee expects the PI to present results at the Department of Medicine Education Day, Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, or a similar venue.

Application for Medical Education Innovation Grant Academic Year 2022-2023

Instructions for Submission

  • Applications are submitted via the webform below. The webform is not able to save partially complete applications, so only begin when you are ready to complete the entire form. A copy of the application questions along with the scoring rubric is available for you to use as you draft your responses.
  • Each application must include a detailed budget using this budget template. If your budget includes any technology items (hardware, software, anything that connects to the cloud or the internet), it must be reviewed and signed by Jennifer Bonifas, DOM IT Director, before submission. Your completed budget template will need to be added as an attachment to the webform.

Submissions will be reviewed by DOM Central Finance to ensure budget items follow UW purchasing policy (please consult your divisional accountant or Maggie Miller in Central Finance while preparing your budget if you have questions), and then will be sent to your Division Head and Division Administrator for approval. Once these approvals are gathered, the Education Committee will begin reviewing your application.

Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions

What Percent Grant Submissions to the Education Committee are Funded?

70% funded (25/36) over the last 6 years

What are Reasons Some Grants Aren’t Funded?
  • Vague proposal
  • Too ambitious of a project
  • Does not directly affect DOM members
  • Duplicates other programs already available
  • Unclear description of program need
  • Lack of objectives and measurable outcomes
  • Narrow scope of learners
  • Unclear stakeholder buy-in
What are Some Useful Campus Resources?
  • SMPH Academic IT; Kristin Simon
    • For Undergraduate Medical Education: Provides instruction design and technical development support as well as a course production unit.
  • UW Survey Center; John Stevenson
    • Provides assistance with questionnaire design and instrument development and refinement.
  • DOM IT Department; Jennifer Bonifas
    • Evaluates projects for technology factors that can affect initiation and maintenance of the project with the DOM IT environment.
    • Determines any HIPAA issues that could affect grant feasibility.
How do I Spend my Award Funds?

You will receive a notice from DOM Accounting when your project has been set up and funds are ready to spend. Please work with your divisional accountant or Maggie Miller in Central Finance to discuss purchasing policies and payment options relevant to your project. Purchasing approval can take time; please plan ahead.

What Grants Have Been Previously Funded?


"Evaluating an Infectious Disease Fellowship Curriculum to Improve Interprofessional Collaboration and Outcomes of Veterans with Diabetic Foot Ulcers"

Meghan Brennan, MD, MS and Jessica Tischendorf, MD, MS

"Creation and Dissemination of a University of Wisconsin Rheumatology Fellowship Bootcamp"

Sarah Donohue, MD and Justin Levinson. MD, MBA

"Teaching Internal Medicine Residents to Mitigate Microaggressions in Clinical and Educational Settings"

Leila Famouri, MD, MPH, Andrea Schnell, MD, and Christine Sharkey, MD

"Implementation of a Health Equity Curriculum for Internal Medicine Residents"

Kelsey Holbert, Hannah Bell, MD, and Madelyn Alvarez

"Night Moves in the ICU: A Cross-Cover Curriculum for Learners"

Matthew Konz and Melissa MacDonald, MD

"Application Based Invasive Cardiovascular Hemodynamics Learning Tool"

Andrew Pap, MD and Ruben Alexanian, MD

"Refreshing the Outpatient Phase 3 Cardiology Experience"

Parag Tipnis, MD


“Simulation Based Learning in Cardiology Training”

Kelly Schmidt, MD

The goal of this project is to develop a robust simulation-based training program directed at promoting best practices for common cardiac catheterization lab procedures prior to, but also following actual patient engagement.  These same tools will also allow for technical skills assessment and feedback for advanced learners as they evolve in the UW Interventional Cardiology Fellowship program.


"Internal Medicine Residency Pathway in Health Equity"

Victoria Gillet, MD

"A Randomized Control Trial to Measure the Impact of Medical Improv On Medical Student Empathy"

Amy Zelenski, PhD

"A 2 Week Medical Student Curriculum in an Outpatient Allergy Clinic"

Daniel Rosenberg, MD

"An Evidence-Based Nutrition Curriculum for Resident Physicians: A Focus on Well-Being"

Stephanie Pritzl, MD


"Gaming for High Value Care"

Hannah Bell, MD

"Global Health Simulation Curriculum for Internal Medicine Residents"

Greg Gauthier, MD and Dawd Siraj, MD, MPH

"Building Research Communities: an Educational Framework and Formative Evaluation Tool for Research Mentors and Trainees"

Amanda Parkes, MD


"Resident Curriculum for Bedside Ultrasonography"

Katherine Fell and Tim Rowe

"Development of a Blended Interprofessional Ambulatory Care Curriculum"

Madelyn Alvarez

"Empathy Training during Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship"

Miguel Leal, MD


"Development of a Web-based Platform for Blended Learning in A Resident-As-Educator Curriculum"

Jessica Tischendorf, MD and Sara Johnson, MD

"Faculty can ‘Break the Bias Habit’ Too!"

Christine Kolehmainen, MD

"Preventing Endoscopy-Related Injuries among Gastroenterology Fellows: A Train the Trainer Program"

Kerstin Austin, MD and Sumona Saha, MD, MS

If you have additional questions not addressed above, please contact Amy Zelenski, PhD.