COVID-19 Medical Education Innovation Grants

The purpose of the COVID-19 Medical Education Innovation Grants is to develop education (basic science or clinical) and simulation projects related to COVID-19, more general pandemic-related knowledge and skills or professional development activities that would be possible during this stay-at-home order. These could be curricular (credit-eligible — i.e., elective) activities to engage and inform learners about the current pandemic. Credit-bearing programming is defined as academic (for degree-seeking learners) or continuing education (professional development and life-long learning). The professional development opportunities could involve skill development for investigators.

The activity cannot involve direct in-person patient contact but could involve telemedicine or simulation with in-person contact. If a component of the activity involves in-person contact, then recommended social distancing must be maintained and an exemption must be granted by the Campus Public Health Official office.

If academic credit is sought, the activity must identify objectives, outcomes and assessments linked to the Medical School graduation competencies. Continuing education credit activities must maintain, develop or increase the knowledge, skills and professional performance and relationships that the healthcare team uses to provide services for patients, the public or the profession.

The reviewers for this grant program are Brad Benson, Mark Rosenberg, Bob Englander, Susan Culican, Anne Pereira, and Austin Calhoun.

Funded COVID-19 Medical Education Innovation Grants As of 6/25:

  1. Intentional Observational Exercises - Virtual Critical Care Curriculum
  2. Telemedicine Acting Internship in Pediatrics
  3. Medical Students in the M Health Fairview System Operations Center
  4. COVID19: Outbreaks and the Media
  5. 3D/Virtual Reality Procedural Training
  6. Virtual Simulations for EMMD7500 Students
  7. Foundations in Health Equity
  8. INMD 7013: COVID-19 Crisis Innovation Lab A course examining the COVID-19 crisis
  9. Telehealth Management in Pandemics
  10. Global Medicine in a Changing Educational World
  11. The Wisdom of Literature in a Time of Plague
  12. Addressing Social Determinants of Health in the Age of COVID-19
  13. Medical Student Elective course: COVID-19 Contact Tracing with MDH
  14. Live Suture Sessions for EMMD7500
  15. Augmented Reality Remote Procedural Training and Proctoring
  16. M Simulation to Provide PPE training for UMN students returning to clinical environments

COVID-19 Medical Education Innovation Grants


Apply for Grant

Release Date: April 21, 2020

Process: This is an expedited application process. All complete applications will be reviewed by Medical School leadership. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will receive a response within two business days. Questions can be directed to Mark Rosenberg, MD, Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs

Eligibility: The applicant(s) must be full-time faculty (educators, investigators or clinical) or P&A educators at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Learners: The targeted learners may be at any stage of the medical education continuum. Professional development activities must involve Medical School faculty, P&A staff or other staff of the Medical School.

Funding: Awards will range from $5,000 to $10,000, with grants lasting 12 months (no extensions permitted).

Eligible Expenses: 

  • Salary support to protect faculty time to be directors of the electives, for staff time or to support students and other trainees
  • Online resources or other materials