CAFM Educational Research Alliance (CERA)

Call for Proposals for a CERA General Membership Survey

Deadline for applications is July 21, 11:59 pm Eastern time

CERA, the CAFM Educational Research Alliance, is now accepting proposals for questions for a survey of the membership of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, North American Primary Care Research Group, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, and Association of Departments of Family Medicine. The survey audience can be the entire membership or a subset of members, but not a subset that is targeted in other CERA surveys (i.e. program directors, clerkship directors, or department chairs). 

For 2020, we seek proposals that ask questions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We encourage proposals on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Educational approaches
    • Rapid innovation and implementation of educational approaches to meet the needs of medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty, including pedagogical innovations and applications of evidence-based practices to remote teaching
    • Teaching about COVID-19 and the rapid development of content specific learning
    • Adapting existing educational models to fit within new system requirements (including requirements of social distancing and limited clinical exposure)
    • Recognition of new or reprioritized curricular needs, including training primary care physicians for the increased role of telemedicine
  • Systems factors
    • Novel approaches to addressing the critical shortage of healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Policy questions that protect or expose learners to risky situations
    • Rapid implementation of telemedicine and other platforms to provide learners clinical experiences
  • Workforce questions
    • Transition to remote work for physicians and educators
    • Re-integration of retired or part time workers back into the workforce
    • Potential interruptions in the pipeline, including assessment of learner readiness after large-scale clinical pauses

The survey will collect demographic information in addition to submitted questions. Priority will be given to proposals that are likely to result in high-quality, peer-reviewed publications. Read more about what you need to know before applying.

The survey will be conducted in fall of 2020. Researchers whose questions are included in the survey will have exclusive access to their portion of the survey results for 90 days. After the 90 days, the data will be added to the CERA data repository.

Proposals will be accepted from members of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, Association of Departments of Family Medicine and/or North American Primary Care Research Group. You must have an STFM, ADFM, or NAPCRG account to log into the submission system (AFMRD members can create a free account).

Once projects have been approved, an experienced research mentor will join each project team to help refine questions, facilitate analysis, and prepare and submit manuscripts. Because of their extensive involvement, mentors will be included as authors on published papers/presentations.



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Have questions about submitting your proposal? Contact Ray Biggs.