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Building Trust through DEI and Diagnostic Excellence in Internal Medicine Training Grant Program

This grant program is intended to support projects that (a) are led by individuals or groups of residents, fellows and faculty in internal medicine education and training; (b) incorporate members from across the care team; and (c) are intended to promote trust and create a more equitable health system by incorporating equity into the fabric of internal medicine education and training. All project teams must include at least one faculty member with research mentorship experience.

The projects should be designed to demonstrate specific ways that training, practices, and organizations can enhance trust.

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The deadline for receipt of all materials is June 7, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. ET. We intend to provide all applicants with a decision by August 2024.


What type of projects are you looking to fund?

The sponsors are interested in funding two categories of projects:

  • Education-driven proposals that focus on providing training, skill and competency acquisition with the goal of promoting trustworthiness through equitable outcomes
  • Proposals that focus on engineering care delivery to promote trustworthiness and equity

A non-exhaustive list of the kinds of projects that could be funded under this program include:

  • Training programs that incorporate DEI, and in particular those that employ inter-professional education best practices
  • Innovative curricular approaches
  • Quality improvement programs and program evaluations that advance trustworthiness through health equity
  • Ideas on building trustworthiness and psychological safety among teams, including an intentional focus on recognizing bias, lack of diversity and the barriers to being heard due to hierarchical structures
  • Innovative approaches to create collaborative partnerships between health systems and community-based service organizations in under-resourced communities
  • Projects that foster trust and a sense of belonging within racially/ethnically diverse inter-professional groups
  • Approaches that foster and support diverse and equitable pathways into medicine and faculty and leadership positions, as well as mentorship programs
  • Projects that relate to the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and equity

How will projects be evaluated?

Projects will be evaluated based on the:

  • Novelty and the innovativeness of the proposed intervention
  • Utilization of collaborative relationships with community-based organizations
  • Feasibility and potential impact, and the description of the approach that will be used to evaluate impact
  • Replicability and scalability
  • Support in existing literature/evidence
  • Integration of multiple disciplines on project team
  • Presence of intentional focus on building trust and equity within inter-professional teams
  • Degree to which the proposed project fits within and contributes to a robust inter-professional education program