The integration of humanities in medical education curricula has the potential to improve observation skills, self-reflection, and enhance learner competencies in the CanMEDS roles.
To encourage engagement of our clinical education departments in the medical humanities, Post MD Education is pleased to introduce the Medical Humanities Education Matching Funding Grant in the amount of $5,000 per project proposal. This Grant initiative was recently announced at the December 16th Postgraduate Medical Education Advisory Committee, and the January 20th All Program Directors meeting.
We welcome projects/proposals which are reflective of a variety of curricular designs and which identify how medical humanities will be integrated into curricula and further enhance CanMEDS competencies.
Each proposal will require a matching funding commitment from the submitting department/division, i.e. if the project budget is $4,500 – a letter from the department chair committing to $2,250 is required. Funding will be provided for a one year period, and applicants must agree to submit a project report at end of the period.
A call for proposals for grant funding will be distributed from Post MD Education on a semi-annual basis. Submission deadlines are March 31 and September 30 with funds awarded in May and November.
Post MD Education will transfer the awarded funds to the successful applicant’s Academic Department in the Faculty of Medicine. The Business Managers will provide Financial Information Services (FIS) account numbers to facilitate this transfer within 4 weeks of the application approval or funding offer will be withdrawn. The Academic Department will be responsible for the disbursement of funds to the successful applicant.
Attached is further background on the purpose of the grant as well as a template for the application. Please distribute widely.
We look forward to receiving applications for the Medical Humanities Education Grant by SEPTEMBER 30, 2017.
SALVATORE M. SPADAFORA MD, FRCPC, MHPE
Professor Department of Anesthesia and Vice Dean
Post MD Education – Postgraduate Medical Education & Continuing Professional Development
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto