Research

CAFM Educational Research Alliance

How to Apply

What You Need to Know

How are proposals scored?
Proposals are reviewed by at least two researchers. They are assessed for logistical considerations, as well as to the significance and new knowledge to be yielded. Applications are evaluated in the following areas:

  • Interest of topic to medical educators
  • Background and significance
  • Strength of hypothesis (PDF)
  • Quality of questions 
  • Whether the results are likely to yield a high-quality peer-reviewed publication
  • Overall quality of submission

Applicants receive brief feedback from reviewers.

What type of hypotheses is CERA looking for?
CERA is looking for hypotheses that go beyond describing the current state of something in family medicine education (e.g. How many ___ do ___?). The best research hypotheses make predictions about the association between at least two phenomena. Consider one of these types of hypothesis:

  • Group comparisons
  • Change over time
  • Correlations

Learn more about writing hypotheses for educational research (PDF).

How many questions can I submit?
To keep surveys a manageable length and to keep response rates up, CERA limits the number of questions per research proposal to about 10. Here is how CERA counts various question types:

Each subquestion is counted. For example, the following counts as four questions:

  1. How important do you feel each of the following procedures are for your residents to learn (1=least important; 5=most important):
  • Shave biopsy 1 2 3 4 5
  • Excisional biopsy 1 2 3 4 5
  • Vasectomy 1 2 3 4 5
  • IUD insertion 1 2 3 4 5

For check all that apply questions, each possible answer is counted. For example, the following counts as six questions:

  1. Which of the following procedures are residents required to become competent to perform in order to graduate (check all that apply)?
  • Shave biopsy
  • Excisional biopsy
  • Vasectomy
  • IUD insertion
  • Colposcopy
  • Limited OB ultrasound

Questions that call for the respondent to rank order have each option counted. For example, the following would count as three questions:

  1. Rank, from 1 to 3, which of the following procedures you feel are the most important for graduating residents to be competent to perform:
    ___ Shave biopsy
    ___ Excisional biopsy
    ___ Vasectomy
    ___ IUD insertion
    ___ Colposcopy
    ___ Limited OB ultrasound

What types of questions are not allowed in CERA surveys?
The following are generally not allowed in CERA surveys:

  • Open ended questions 
  • Matrix formats 

"Chose all that apply” questions are discouraged. When allowed, each item will be counted as a “question” (see above).

What About IRB Approval?
CERA surveys use the American Academy of Family Physicians IRB, a federally approved IRB. Investigators should follow their local IRB policies regarding use of the data.

How to Submit a Proposal for a CERA Survey

Watch for an open call for proposals, which is sent to members of ADFM, AFMRD, NAPCRG, and STFM.

You need to be a member of ADFM, AFMRD, NAPCRG, or STFM to apply. You will need to create an account on the STFM website to submit.

Submit an Application

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Deadlines

January 26: Deadline to submit applications for CERA Program Directors Survey

February 15: Deadline to apply for the STFM Medical Editing Fellowship

February 22: Applications are due for the Building Better Clinical Training Experiences pilot project

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