Institute for Medical Education


The Institute for Medical Education provides research funding opportunities for faculty educators and medical students at ISMMS

For Faculty

IME Challenge Grant Program

Fostering the success of our educators includes providing programs that develop and reinforce their scholarship.

To encourage and support scholarship and innovation in medical education, IME funds research projects (grant amounts range up to $10,000) that address important problems or questions facing medical education today. High-quality research proposals on the following topics are strongly encouraged:

  • Innovative curriculum design
  • High quality assessment and evaluation of learners
  • Meaningful program assessment
  • Innovative instructional methodologies or models of learning
  • High quality faculty development
  • Enabling a positive learning environment
  • Questions exploring the “how” and “why” of medical education approaches

Eligibility (subject to change)

  • Applicants must be faculty at the Mount Sinai Health System or affiliate institutions
  • Faculty may submit only one proposal as an applicant. An applicant may serve as a team member on other submissions
  • The proposal is not currently receiving funding from other grants
  • The project must be conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine or at an affiliate institution
  • The project must be completed within 12 months of the project start date

For Medical Students

IME Scholarly Year Program

The IME funds rising fourth year medical students who are interested in doing a Scholarly Year related to Medical Education, under the close mentorship and supervision of ISMMS faculty.

Medical education research includes research related to topics including, but not limited to, curriculum design, assessment and evaluation of learners, program assessment, innovative instructional methodologies or models of learning, faculty development, learning environment, and questions exploring the “how” and “why” of medical education approaches.

Application and Submission Process

Please complete and submit the following documents to by 5:00pm on Friday, May 31, 2024 (no late applications will be accepted):

  • Narrative Research Proposal Form
  • Chair letter of support: Please ask the Department Chair to write a letter of support referencing the faculty applicant and the project (letter cannot exceed one page with 12-point font, and should be on  letterhead)
  • Your CV (ISMMS format)
  • Budget and justification form (The project budget cannot exceed $10,000.)

For more information about the Challenge Grant Application please see IME – Medical Education Challenge Grant Proposal Request 2024.


Vinh-Tung Nguyen, MD

Vinh-Tung Nguyen, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Project Title: The Meaning of Words: Understanding the Impact of and Reducing the Use of Negative Patient Descriptors in Clinical Documentation







Erica Brody, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Project Title: Establishing a Longitudinal Well-being Curriculum for Pediatrics Trainees: Applying Positive Medicine, with Lessons from the Mount Sinai PEERS Program






Makini Chisolm-Straker, MD MPH
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Project Title: TRANS ED (TGNB Research Applying Novel Strategies in Education)







Mirna Mohanraj, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Project Title: Fellows as Educators: Harnessing Technology and Asynchronous Online Learning to Pilot a Teaching Scholars Curriculum for Fellows






Chang H Park, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Project Title: Assessing Impact of Simulation on Resident Comfort and Proficiency Performing Regional Anesthesia







Christopher Strother, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Project Title: A Comparison of Interactive Online Learning and Independent Reading for Emergency Medicine Procedural Skills

We are delighted to announce that the Institute for Medical Education (IME) will fund one medical student who is interested in doing a Scholarly Year related to Medical Education, under the close mentorship and supervision of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) faculty for the academic year 2021-2022.

Application Deadline: February 22, 2021

For more information please email:

2020 – 2021

Evan Garden

Evan Garden, Class of 2022

Evan Garden was born and raised in Northern New Jersey and completed his undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Biology. He is currently a 4th year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY, with plans to pursue a career in Urology. He is excited to translate his passion for education and student mentorship into his upcoming research project designing an introductory surgical and procedural curriculum for pre-clinical medical students.

Project Title: “Development and implementation of an introductory surgical curriculum to pre-clinical medical students”

2019 – 2020


James Young, Class of 2021

James Young was born and raised in Shreveport, LA and is currently a 4th year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. He completed his undergraduate education in Providence, RI in the Brown-RISD Dual Degree program, where he studied Illustration at RISD and Science and Society at Brown University. His studies focus on how the human body is constructed biologically, visually, and socio-politically, with career goals bent towards social justice and mental health.

Project Title: “Transgender Healthcare: Advancing Medical Student Training Through Visual Technology”