The purpose of the Picker Gold Graduate Medical Education (GME) Challenge Grant Program is to provide annual grants to support the research and development of innovative projects within the Graduate Medical Education setting, designed to facilitate successful patient-centered care initiatives. Our goal is to help future physicians incorporate practices that bring patient needs and wishes into the center of all health-care interactions. The Picker Gold GME Challenge Grant Program is seeking proposals for specific interventions and innovations in GME programs that facilitate the development of patient-centered healthcare and/or humanism in medicine. The expected outcome of a grantee’s project will be a demonstration, including a robust dissemination plan, of the measurable effects and sustainability of the effort to enhance compassionate, patient-centered-care in residency education.
For example, past projects have included:
The development of a curriculum to help physicians understand the special needs of young patients with chronic illness as they transition from pediatric to adult care
The design of a patient simulator to objectively assess a resident’s ability to practice the principles of patient-centered care as they are embodied in the ACGME’s core competencies
The development of a curriculum designed to raise resident awareness of their patients’ cultural and spiritual needs
The improvement should be consistent with at least one or more of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s criteria to advance humanistic care (page 5), and/or Picker Institute Principles of Patient-Centered Care (page 4). We have identified select ACGME core competencies for residency programs that best represent the inclusion of patient-centered care in residency training (page 5) – there should also be alignment with at least one of these competencies
Faculty from any graduate medical education program that is accredited by ACGME or one of the Canadian certification colleges (CFPC or RCPSC) are eligible to apply to the Challenge Grant Program.
During the 2017/2018 grant cycle, deserving proposals that pursue the goal of enhancing patient-centeredness and humanism in medicine will be selected to receive a Challenge Grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation of up to $25,000 for a project period of up to one year. The grantees and/or their institutions will be required to provide a matching contribution to the proposed project up to $25K, but no less than $15K in the form of financial resources, committed and dedicated measurable time by project staff, other approved matching commitments or all of the above. A Letter of Support is required from a Department Chair or Designated Institutional Official stating the intention to provide the matching funds.