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Medical Alumni Innovative Teaching Fund (MAITF)

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020-2021 MAITF awards:

"Emergency Department Motivational Interviewing Skills: a SER Week Experience"
Awarded: $25,000
Brad Barth, MD- PI
Department of Emergency Medicine- Kansas City

"CASA: Career and Specialty Advising for Successful Alumni"
Awarded: $16,100
Kelli Krase, MD- Co-PI (Department of OB/GYN- Kansas City)
Lisa Gilmer MD- Co-PI (Department of Pediatrics- Kansas City)
Office of Student Affairs- Kansas City

"Medical Student Feedback from the Most Important Player in Health Care: The Patient"
Awarded: $14,448
Laura Parks, MD- PI
Department of OB/GYN- Kansas City

"Walking a Day in their Shoes: Implementation of a Virtual Realty Curriculum to Improve Dementia Care and Assess Medical Student Empathy"
Awarded: $16,600
Tiffany Schwasinger-Schmidt, MD, PhD- PI
Department of Internal Medicine- Wichita

"Creation of a mixed reality learning program at the University of Kansas School of Medicine"
Awarded: $23,000
Jared Staab, DO, MA- Co-PI
Department of Anesthesiology- Kansas City
Elisha Brumfield, DO- Co-PI
Department of Internal Medicine- Kansas City

"Near-Peer Clinical Anatomy Mentorship Program for Third- and Fourth- Year Medical Student Surgery Rotations"
Awarded: $19,000
Jennifer Villwock, MD- PI
Department of Otolaryngology- Kansas City

"Video PBL Cases: An upgrade for the Next Generation"
Awarded: $10,815
Denise Zwahlen, MD- PI
Department of Family Medicine- Kansas City

The Medical Alumni Innovative Teaching Fund (MAITF) is supported by the KU Medical Alumni Association to encourage major innovations in medical student teaching and evaluation by faculty members of the University of Kansas School of Medicine (KUSOM). The Office of Medical Education manages the proposal call, advises faculty on development of proposals, and with participation from the KU Medical Alumni Association, reviews proposals and provides notifications of awards.

Potential funding per award is up to $25,000 for the one-year funding cycle. Faculty salary support may be requested, but cannot exceed 20% of the overall award. Awards are non-renewable. It is required that each applicant meet with Dr. Giulia Bonaminio to discuss their proposal prior to submission. Contact Teresa Beacham ( to coordinate or with questions!


• Principal Investigator(s) (PIs) must be (a) full-time faculty member(s) in the KUSOM

Application with example of scoring rubric

Proposals must include:
• complete yet concise description of the project in the required format (see application)
• biographical sketch from key project personnel (NIH format preferred)
• letter of support from department chair(s)
• letter of support from associated project faculty (i.e. clinical skills lab director, clerkship director, etc.)

Criteria for Selection

The primary assessment criterion is the articulation of a project that makes a substantial and valuable contribution to innovation in medical student teaching and evaluation. Considerations in assessment of projects include evidence of integrating best practices and sound theoretical basis, valid educational/scientific methodology, consideration of potential problems and strategies to address them, valid short and long-term outcomes with appropriate statistical analyses, reasonable and rational budget, and potential for publication/presentation as educational scholarship. Past projects have made substantial contributions to curriculum transformation at KUSOM. Past recipients can be found here

KUMC IRB/Human Subjects approval will be required for funded proposals.

Inquiries should be addressed to: Giulia Bonaminio, PhD or 913-588-7208.

Last modified: Jun 15, 2020