Building Trust & Equity in IM Training Grant

The ABIM Foundation, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM), the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation are focused on improving the trustworthiness of the health care system and advancing health equity.

As part of this focus, the organizations are co-sponsoring a $400,000 grant program to support projects that are (a) led by individuals or groups of residents and faculty in internal medicine education and training and (b) intended to promote trust and create a more equitable health system by incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) into the fabric of internal medicine education and training. Inter-professional projects that incorporate members from across the care team will be preferred. All project teams must include at least one faculty member.

Applications can be submitted by any resident or faculty member in internal medicine, except for those who are an employee or governance member of one of the sponsoring organizations or are a member of the steering or review committee for the grant program. Applications that do not involve members of project teams that previously received $20,000 grants in this program will be preferred.

Project Categories

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 processes to promote trustworthiness through equity
Examples

Examples 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, particularly those that are inter-professional
  • 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
  • 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

(This is not intended to be an exhaustive list.)

Criteria

Projects will be evaluated based on their:

  • Novelty and innovativeness of the proposed intervention
  • Utilization of collaborative relationships with community-based organizations
  • Feasibility and potential impact, and description of the approach that will be used to evaluate impact
  • Replicability and scalability
  • Project leaders’ ability and commitment to communicate their project to external audiences
  • 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
  • Whether the proposed project fits within and contributes to a robust inter-professional education program
  • Relevance to ambulatory care
Expectations

Throughout the project, grantees will receive advice through individual and group consultations from a quality improvement and implementation expert as well as coaching in study design if needed. Grantees will be expected to participate in a learning network that will meet approximately four times annually.

(Applicants who do not receive grants will still have the option of participating in the network.)

Funding

We expect to provide larger ($20,000) grants and smaller ($10,000) grants under this program. Larger grants will be for two years; smaller grants can be for either one or two years. Please indicate the level of funding and (if you are seeking $10,000) the length of grant you seek in your letter of intent.

Those who are interested in applying for a grant should submit a letter of intent here by December 1, 2021. A committee appointed by the sponsoring organizations will review the submitted letters of intent and invite a formal proposal from selected applicants.


2021 Grants

In June 2021, the ABIM Foundation – in partnership with the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM), the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation – awarded a total of $287,500 to 32 projects that incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion into internal medicine education and training.

Sponsors received 170 proposals from health systems and universities for programs designed to address increasing distrust and issues of bias and diversity in the U.S. health system. Projects were evaluated based on their:

  • Novelty and innovativeness
  • Utilization of collaborative relationships with other organizations, including community-based organizations
  • Feasibility and potential impact
  • Replicability and scalability
  • Project leaders’ ability and commitment to communicate their project to external audiences
  • Support in existing literature/evidence

Award Recipients

Learn more about the selected projects.

Sponsoring Organizations

  

American Board of Internal Medicine
(ABIM):
Since its founding in 1936 to answer a public call to establish more uniform standards for physicians, certification by the ABIM has stood for the highest standard in internal medicine and its 21 subspecialties. Certification has meant that internists have demonstrated – to their peers and to the public – that they have the clinical judgment, skills and attitudes essential for the delivery of excellent patient care. ABIM is not a membership society, but a physician-led, non-profit, independent evaluation organization. Our accountability is both to the profession of medicine and to the public.

 
ABIM Foundation
:
The ABIM Foundation’s mission is to advance medical professionalism to improve the health care system by collaborating with physicians and physician leaders, medical trainees, health care delivery systems, payers, policymakers, consumer organizations and patients to foster a shared understanding of professionalism and how they can adopt the tenets of professionalism in practice.

 
Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM)
:
The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine promotes the advancement and professional development of its members who prepare the next generation of internal medicine physicians and leaders through education, research, engagement, and collaboration.

 
American College of Physician(ACP)s
:
The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States with members in more than 145 countries worldwide. ACP membership includes 163,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.

 
Josiah H. Macy Foundation
:
Since 1930, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has worked to improve health care in the United States. Founded by Kate Macy Ladd in memory of her father, prominent businessman Josiah Macy Jr., the Foundation supports projects that broaden and improve health professional education. It is the only national foundation solely dedicated to this mission.

 

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