CERA Now Seeking Applications to Serve as Mentor and Survey Reviewer

January 1, 2023– CERA, the CAFM Educational Research Alliance, is a framework to focus and support medical education research. CERA is a collaboration of many of family medicine’s professional organizations (STFM, NAPCRG, AFMRD, and ADFM) that conducts regular surveys of family medicine groups including FM clerkship directors, FM residency directors, FM Department Chairs, FM residents, and medical students.

We are in need of new survey mentors and reviewers. If, interested, please complete this survey.

Who Should Apply?
While we are looking for mentors and reviewers in all fields, we have a particular need in the areas of pediatrics/adolescent medicine, pain management, and point-of-care ultrasound. It is not necessary to be a family physician or a member of any specific professional organization to be a reviewer/mentor, though experience with family medicine, medication education, and/or survey research is important. 

What Are the Responsibilities of a Reviewer?
Reviewers help determine which proposals are accepted into our regular surveys. Typically, each reviewer will review 4-6 proposals, depending on the number of submissions. The time commitment is approximately 1-2 hours.

What Are the Responsibilities of a Mentor?
Mentors are experienced researchers that support teams in a variety of ways depending on need. This includes research question refinement, survey question editing, manuscript editing, or establishing an analysis plan. Mentors are not required to have statistical expertise and will be included as authors on publications and presentations. The time commitment is variable and negotiable with the team.

What Are the Benefits of Being a Reviewer or Mentor?
Reviewers and mentors support family medicine scholarship on a national level, as well as expand their professional network and provide feedback on topics that will shape family medicine education. In addition, serving on as a mentors provides the opportunity for scholarly work, as mentors are an integral part of the research team and are included in all presentations and publications.


Please direct all questions to Grace Shih, MD, at

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