Past Innovation Award Recipients

Funded Innovation Awards in 2015

Development of a maintenance of procedural skills "short-course" for Emergency Medicine faculty at an academic institution

This research is aimed at developing, incorporating, and evaluating a novel model of a maintenance of certification (MOC) program for academic emergency medicine (EM) physicians. This pilot MOC "short-course" is designed to address the specific needs of practicing adult and pediatric EM faculty physicians within the academic medical institution. Faculty members are often charged with teaching procedures to residents and other learners at the expense of their own hands-on experience. In this work, faculty physicians' needs related to procedural skills are identified and a robust training and assessment program to address those needs will be developed. The program's impact will be evaluated and optimal intervals of retraining for improved retention of skills will be identified. It is anticipated that the incorporation of MOC "short-courses" will immediately improve the quality of patient care in the ED and improve our faculty's skill and confidence during their oversight and support of learners in the ED.

Investigators: Suzanne Dooley-Hash, MD, Robert Huang, MD, Marcia Perry, MD, Nikhil Theyyuni, MD, Helena Wang-Flores, MD, Deb Rooney, PhD

Drug Discovery and Development Boot Camp

The Department of Pharmacology held a full day program to assist researchers in navigating the complex route through new drug discovery and development. The program brought together more than 170 basic, clinical and translational researchers from U of M, other universities and industry. Speakers from U of M, NIH and industry presented ground-breaking work on new drug targets, insights on discovery of new medicines, approaches for preclinical and clinical evaluation as well as routes to funding. The keynote speaker was Rajesh Ranganathan, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Translational Research at the NINDS, who provided insights into funding mechanisms at the NIH to facilitate drug discovery and development in neurologic diseases. Networking during lunch and the reception after the program afforded opportunities for researchers to interact and hopefully form new collaborations. With the success of the boot camp, additional drug discovery and development programs are planned for the future.

Funded Innovation Awards in 2014

MiChart Simulation Training in Obstetrics: Recipient of 2014 Innovations in CME Grant

OB MiChart Simulation Training is an innovative and comprehensive inter-professional, simulation-based, patient safety initiative designed to educate and prepare OB care teams for the inpatient launch of the EHR system, MiChart. A total of 188 unique individuals participated in 64 simulation sessions over a 4-week period; several individuals attended multiple training sessions. Simulation participants were comprised of: OB/GYN faculty, fellows, and residents; Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs); Family Medicine faculty and residents; and Labor & Delivery nurses. Led by OB Faculty, with extensive nursing support, learning scenarios consisted of provider/nurse pairs who worked through simulated routine and emergent deliveries using the MiChart practice environment on the Labor and Delivery unit. Preliminary feedback suggests that OB MiChart Simulation Training was extremely effective in understanding MiChart and care team roles, in the context of practice-based workflow.