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Otago Medical School Medical Education Research Fund

Otago Medical School has established a medical education research fund to support research by our staff into education that includes MB ChB students. The fund is designed to foster active development of medical education research that will enhance our students' learning, staff development and curriculum development and delivery and contribute to the scholarly literature of medical/health professional education.  The inaugural 2018 round offered up to $25,000, which was distributed across three proposals, and a further $50,000 was delivered in two rounds across 2019. The Medical Education Research and Evaluation Committee (MEREC) would like to thank the University of Otago Medical School for making this funding opportunity available.

Funding information will be updated annually. For enquiries about the fund, please contact med.ed.research@otago.ac.nz

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2020 funding round

We invite staff to apply for the Otago Medical School Medical Education Research Grants to support medical education research projects in 2020. There will be two 2020 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.

Closing date for applications in 2020
Round 1: Monday, 10 February at 5pm (for projects to be conducted in 2020).
Round 2: Monday, 10 August at 5pm (for projects to be conducted in 2021).

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

Enquiries about the fund can be made via med.ed.research@otago.ac.nz
Medical Education Research Fund - 2020 Round 2 Application Form

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Funding awarded

2019 funding


Round 2: The July 2019 funding round attracted seven applications competing for $25,000 of funding for research to be conducted in 2020. OMS is pleased to announce the recipients of this round:

Dr Sarah Rennie, Education Unit, Dean’s Department, University of Otago Wellington
Project - Attitudes and self-reported behaviours of medical students to academic misconduct in New Zealand and Scotland - a mixed methods study.

Associate Professor Hamish Wilson, Centre for Early Learning in Medicine, Dunedin
Project – ‘Medically Unexplained Symptoms’ (MUS) at Otago Medical School: What is taught and what is learned by graduation?

Associate Professor Diane Kenwright, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, University of Otago Wellington
Project - Using Illness Scripts to Enhance Students Knowledge

The 2019 Round 2 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 Dr Jon Cornwall. Ms Joy Rudland declared a COI with the application submitted by Principal Investigator Ms Sarah Rennie.

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

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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 Convener 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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