Innovative Dermatology Education Award (IDEA)
Through a generous contribution from the Elsevier Foundation and the Skin Disease Education Foundation (SDEF), both of whom share the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) commitment to continuing excellence in dermatology, the AAD has created an educational program called the Innovative Dermatology Education Award (IDEA).
Staying current with the latest medical literature has become increasingly challenging due to a constant influx of new medical information. The IDEA program was established to facilitate dermatologists' continuing education through support and development of innovative continuing medical education programs.
IDEA grants are awarded for programs that incorporate innovative teaching strategies or utilize innovative content delivery mechanisms. Applicants may choose to apply for either a one-year or two-year grant (second year funding will be contingent on applicant meeting first-year milestones) in the teaching strategy category and content delivery mechanism category. Programs are eligible to apply for both categories in one application.
Teaching strategy category
This category applies to programs that incorporate innovative teaching methods or strategies into educational interventions. Teaching strategies refer to methods used to help learners achieve the desired results of the education program. When applying for a grant in this category, applicants should describe how the innovative teaching strategy contributes to achieving desired results.
Examples of traditional teaching strategies include lectures, case-based learning, Q & A, etc. An innovative teaching strategy should include a novel, fresh approach that goes beyond traditional methods. Applications should explain how the strategy is new or novel.
Content delivery mechanism category
Content delivery mechanisms refer to the means used to deliver educational content.
Examples of traditional content delivery mechanism include traditional lectures, audience response systems, webinars, etc. An innovative content delivery mechanism should include a novel, fresh approach that goes beyond traditional methods and may include the utilization of innovative platforms/technologies.
The following types of organizations are eligible to apply for an IDEA grant:
ACCME-accredited CME providers
Academic medical centers
State or national medical membership organizations
Technical or software companies
Organizations that produce, market, re-sell, or distribute health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients are not eligible for an IDEA grant. (These criteria do not include providers of clinical services.)
Right of First Refusal
AAD will be given the right of first refusal to license, publish, or sell IDEA-funded activities or programs that result in a marketable product or delivery mechanism.
The target audience IDEA-funded activities and programs must be dermatologists. If the IDEA-funded activity or program is an educational delivery mechanism, the applicant agrees to partner with the American Academy of Dermatology to develop content and identify subject matter experts.
Applicants must submit all required proposal documentation. Incomplete proposals will not be considered. Required documentation is as follows:
Applicant biographical sketch or Curriculum Vitae
Ideal proposals will:
be designed to improve education for dermatologists and
narrow clinical practice gaps in competency, performance, or patient outcomes and/or utilizing creative, novel teaching strategies, and/or delivery methodologies.
Proposals will be evaluated utilizing the following criteria adapted from the Innovative Learning Institute.
Identifies a defined educational need for a specific target audience
Describes the desired outcome(s) or result(s)
Includes measurable learning objectives that support achievement of desired outcome(s)
Innovative Methods, Strategies, or Mechanisms, considerations
Describes a novel approach to use of technology, teaching strategies, and/or education delivery mechanism(s) or states how existing educational paradigms can be utilized in new environments or introduces a new educational concept/model
Describes how the approach will achieve the desired outcomes
Utilizes evidence-based approach supported by adult learning theories
Describes metrics and method(s) to assess outcome(s) and measure success
Applications being accepted through September 12, 2020.
Approval notifications will be communicated to applicants by December 15, 2020.
The applications are reviewed by the Sulzberger Dermatologic Institute and Education Grants Committee who will evaluate the following aspects of the applications:
The committee will recommend grant recipients to the Council on Education. Final approvals are made by the Board of Directors.
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