The goal of the FAER/ABA Research in Education Grant is to provide an outstanding research experience for an anesthesiologist on faculty at an academic institution who is interested in graduate medical education and physician lifelong learning.
Applicants will provide their hypothesis-driven concept for a research project as a part of the application, with the understanding that this concept may be further developed or modified as a part of the research experience. Proposed research projects should address one of the following elements of ABA certification:
- The value of primary certification and the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ program (MOCA®) to clinicians and the public, including assessment of how certification is related to clinical performance and novel means to analyze and utilize data, or
- The validity and impact of the ABA’s new primary certification program—the staged examination process (BASIC, ADVANCED, APPLIED Examinations), including reliability and novel measures of external validity.
The ABA will provide the grant recipient with mentoring and access to ABA Board resources, which may include de-identified physician data, data analysis expertise and other tools necessary to design, conduct and report the project. The grantee may also pursue primary data collection based on their research question. Applicants who are not experienced with education research should propose a primary mentor from their own institution.
The grantee will conduct most of his or her research activities at their home institution and may spend up to two weeks per year at the ABA headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., where they will have access to mentors, staff, data and other Board resources. The ABA will pay for travel expenses.