The Lawrence G. Smith Fund for Innovation in Medical Education

The Academy of Medical Educators is pleased to announce the pledge of $10,000 by Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine for its inaugural request for medical education innovation proposals that advance medical education and ultimately patient care. Proposals that address compelling issues in undergraduate, graduate, continuing, and interprofessional education will be considered.

The Academy's Innovations Program supports faculty who take a scholarly approach to the development of new curricula or curricular elements, focused faculty development initiatives, evaluation of pedagogical methods, and learner assessment. Open to all faculty members, these intramural grants serve as a catalyst for the development of projects that address the constantly changing ways in which health professionals are educated and health care is practiced. Innovations Awards are for one year, with the expectation that, if successful, the curricular innovation will be sustained and disseminated within and beyond the Hofstra Northwell.

The goals of the Medical Education Innovations Research Fund include the following:

  • Provide 'seed support' to execute an innovation project that advances medical education
  • Position recipients to compete for funds from extramural agencies


  • All members of the Hofstra Northwell community are invited to apply, with the exception of members of the Academy of Medical Educators, who may not serve as Principle Investigators. They may, however serve as collaborators or consultants.
  • Junior faculty are encouraged to apply

The AME subcommittee on medical education research will review all proposals and awards will be made on the basis of

  • Significance of proposal and potential impact of findings to improving medical education
  • Quality and rigor of proposed research approach
  • Likelihood that the proposed research program will be successfully completed

During the 2017-2018 academic year 2 grants of $5,000 each will be awarded.