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Office of Faculty Affairs
and Development
College of Human Medicine

Clinician Educator Mentor Program (CEMP) Scholarly Project Description

As part of the Clinician Educator Mentor Program (CEMP), you will complete a scholarly project. The project is designed to give you an opportunity to study, in-depth, a problem of interest to you and to apply skills and knowledge acquired during the CEMP. Scholarly projects can address a wide variety of topics, but all projects must be suitable for peer-reviewed dissemination.

You may choose between three different types of projects: curriculum, educational research or educational leadership. Curriculum projects require the systematic development or revision of a course, clerkship, rotation, or conference series, which will be implemented in your work setting. Educational research projects require following the scientific method to investigate medical education questions or hypotheses. Educational leadership projects require the planning, development, and implementation of organizational changes to improve the quality of your educational program or unit.

The results of your scholarly project will be disseminated as an oral presentation or poster.

Scholarly Project Topic Areas

The scholarly project will require continued effort for the duration of the CEMP, so we encourage you to think critically about your interests and select a topic that can sustain your attention. Keep in mind not only your interests but also time commitment, available resources, and your skill level in conducting independent inquiry. The goal is to have CEMP participants initiate, complete, and present scholarly projects within the time-frame of the program.

1. Curriculum Projects

A curriculum project is the systematic development or revision of a clerkship, rotation, or conference series which will ultimately be implemented in your work setting.

Tasks related to curriculum design projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Literature Review & Needs Assessment
  • Determining Curricular Goals & Content
  • Developing Instructional Objectives
  • Selecting Instructional Strategies
  • Selecting Evaluation Strategies
  • Developing Curriculum Implementation & Evaluation Plans

Examples of Curriculum Projects

  1. A Normal Newborn Nursery Curriculum for Pediatric Residents
  2. The Development of a Primary Care Colposcopy Curriculum
  3. Developing a Professional Behavior Curriculum
  4. A Curriculum in Interviewing Skills for Internal Medicine Residents in an Outpatient Setting

2. Educational Research Projects

Educational research projects address topics in undergraduate or graduate medical education. You will be responsible for selecting an appropriate topic, searching and reviewing the literature, designing and developing the project, collecting and analyzing the data, and presenting the results.

Tasks related to educational research projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Literature Review
  • Research Design
  • Selecting Subjects
  • Instrument Design/Selection
  • Data Analysis
  • Plan for Communicating Findings

Examples of Educational Research Projects

  1. A Survey of Medical Students to Determine if Medical School Loan Burden is Related to Career Choice
  2. Using Distance Learning to Assess Advanced Interviewing Skills
  3. The Impact of Lifestyle Issues in the Selection of a Medical Specialty
  4. A Follow-up Study of Rural Track Medical Student Graduates

3. Educational Leadership Projects

Educational leadership projects address issues central to the implementation of educational programs. Building upon your leadership responsibilities and experiences, the leadership project provides a practical framework for designing, implementing, evaluating, and documenting a scholarly project of benefit your workplace.

Tasks related to educational leadership projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Literature review & Needs Assessment
  • Project planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Organizational diagnosis
  • Strategic planning
  • Budget plans
  • Personnel management
  • Managing the change process

Examples of Leadership Projects

  1. The Development of a Residency Recruitment Plan
  2. The Development of a Department Strategic Plan
  3. Development of a Resident Evaluation System
  4. Development of a New Resident Orientation Program
  5. A Program to Increase the Scholarly Activity of Faculty

Selecting a Scholarly Project Topic

The selection of a major topic is an important task. The majority of your CEMP effort will be devoted to completing your scholarly project. The following criteria should be considered when selecting a topic:

  1. You know the subject matter of your scholarly project.
  2. You have a personal interest/passion for the topic.
  3. Consistent with your current responsibilities.
  4. Access to & control of resources needed to complete the project.
  5. Supervisor/institutional support for the project.
  6. Willing to become a manager of people, time, resources.
  7. Self-discipline to complete project tasks without direct supervision.
  8. Can be completed within the CEMP timeframe.
  9. Outcomes can be translated into peer-reviewed scholarship.

Help in Determining a Project

You will be expected to select a scholarly project topic shortly after beginning the CEMP. If you have trouble pinpointing a topic, try any of the following strategies:

  1. Talk to other faculty familiar with your responsibilities and brainstorm ideas with them
  2. Go online and review annual meeting/conference programs for poster, workshop, and presentation topics
  3. Review recent issues of medical education journals (e.g., Academic Medicine, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, Medical Education, Evaluation in the Health Professions etc.)

Support for the Scholarly Project

You will join a mentor group composed of a MSU-CHM faculty mentor and other clinician educators. These groups will be formed based on scholarly project type, and remain intact throughout the CEMP.

CEMP Contacts

Contact us with any questions you have about the CEMP or the scholarly project.

MSU College of Human Medicine
Faculty Affairs and Development
p: 517-432-8722
e: chm-fad@hc.msu.edu