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Otago Medical School Medical Education Research Fund

2019 funding round

We invite staff to apply for the Otago Medical School Medical Education Research Grants to support medical education research projects in 2019.

The purpose of the Grants is to foster active development of medical education research that will enhance our students’ learning, staff development, and curriculum development and delivery; and that the research is publishable - contributing to the scholarly literature of medical/health professional education.

Closing date for applications in 2019

  • Round 1: Monday, 11 February at 5pm (for projects to be conducted in 2019).
  • Round 2: Monday, 29 July at 5pm (for projects to be conducted in 2020).

The application form is below. Please read the Application Form and General Condition Guidelines on pages 10-16 of the document before completing the application form.

In 2019, there will be two funding rounds, with up to $25,000 available for each round. The normal maximum for any individual monetary grant is $15,000 per project. There are also smaller grants available. In most cases the funds will be expected to be spent within the calendar year for which the allocation is made.

The Medical Education Research and Evaluation Committee (MEREC) would like to thank the University of Otago Medical School for making this funding opportunity available.

For enquiries into the fund, please contact the Medical Education Research Academic Lead, Dr. Kelby Smith-Han at med.ed.research@otago.ac.nz

Medical Education Research Fund - 2019 Round 2 Application Form

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Funding awarded

2019 funding

Round 1: The March 2019 funding round attracted seven applications competing for $25,000 of research funding. OMS is pleased to announce the recipients of this round:

Associate Professor Lynley Anderson, Bioethics Centre

Project - The CAPLE (Creating a Positive Learning Environment) project: Experiences and effects of bullying intervention/policy

Mr Vivek Perumal, Department of Anatomy, School of Biomedical Sciences
Project - Gamification: A novel approach to promote student learning of an integrated medical curriculum


The 2019 Round 1 funding panel consisted of Dr Kelby Smith-Han (Convener of the Review Panel on behalf of MEREC), Professor Tim Wilkinson (University of Otago, Christchurch), Dr Vivienne Anderson (HEDC), Associate Professor Chrys Jaye (Dunedin School of Medicine) Ms Joy Rudland (University of Otago, Wellington), Dr Phil Blyth (Centre for Early Learning in Medicine).

Conflicts of Interest

Where conflicts of interests (COIs) are declared by a Review Panel member, the panel member’s score and review of the application is withdrawn and not included in the review.
For this funding round, two COIs were declared. Professor Tim Wilkinson declared a COI with the application submitted by Principal Investigator Associate Professor Lynley Anderson. Ms Joy Rudland declared a COI with the application submitted by Principal Investigator Dr Sarah Rennie.

The Convenor of the Review Panel, Dr Kelby Smith-Han, is not involved in scoring or reviewing the applications.

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2018 funding 

The inaugural funding round in 2018 attracted nine applications for $25,000 of research funding. OMS is pleased to announce the recipients of the first tranche of funding:

Dr Steve Gallagher, Dunedin School of Medicine
Project - Assessing the utility of Virtual reality simulation in medical education and its impact on self-efficacy and anxiety in medical students

Dr Tehmina Gladman, University of Otago, Wellington
Project - Developing a method of measuring the usefulness of Clinical Skills Apps for just-in-time learning

Mr Jeremy Simcock, University of Otago, Christchurch
Project - Understanding novice medical student roles and expectations in a surgical environment to enhance learning experience and outcomes

The 2018 funding panel was Dr Kelby Smith-Han (Convenor of the Review Panel on behalf of MEREC), Professor Tim Wilkinson (University of Otago, Christchurch), Dr Peter Gallagher (University of Otago, Wellington), Dr Vivienne Anderson (HEDC), Dr Swee-Kin Loke (University of Otago, Wellington)

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