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Medical Alumni Innovative Teaching Fund (MAITF)

The Office of Medical Education is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021-2022 Medical Alumni Innovative Teaching Fund (MAITF) awards for educational scholarship and research.

Candace Coffey, MD (Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine- Kansas City): "Transitions of Care E-Learning Tool for Medical Students" ($18,328)

Rachel DiTeresi, MD (Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology- Kansas City): "A Focused Breast Curriculum during Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship" ($18,665)

Lyndsey Kilgore, MD (Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery- Kansas City): "Beyond the Red Line: Foundations for Surgical Success" ($25,000)

Bruce Liese, PhD (Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine- Kansas City): "Medication and Counseling Skills for Patients with Substance Use Disorders and Addictions" ($24,787)

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 the 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 (PI/Co-PI) and cannot exceed 20% of the overall award. Awards are non-renewable. It is required that each applicant meets with Dr. Cayla Teal 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 sample rubric

Application Submission    

Proposals must include:
• complete yet concise description of the project in the required format
• line-item budget with complete budget justification/narrative
• biographical sketch from key project personnel (NIH format preferred)
• letter of support from the department chair(s)
• letter of support from associated project faculty (i.e. clinical skills lab director, clerkship director, etc.)
Proposals must be:
• no longer than five (5) single-spaced pages (excluding cover page, CVs, letters of support, and appendices)
• a minimum of 12-point font (excluding cover page, CVs, letters of support, and appendices)
• submitted in a single pdf to no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2021.

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 at

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

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

Last modified: Apr 13, 2021