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Date Updated: April 15, 2019

From the President: Welcome and Introduction

It is with pleasure that the National Board of Medical Examiners issues the Edward J. Stemmler, MD, Medical Education Research Fund (“The Stemmler Fund”) call for Letters of Intent (LOIs). The submission timeframe will run from May 1 - July 1, 2019. The goal of the Stemmler Fund is to support research or development related to innovative assessment approaches that will enhance the evaluation of those preparing to, or continuing to, practice medicine.  Over the years, the community’s response to this call has resulted in the funding of numerous high-quality research projects, as evidenced by the large number of projects culminating in important publications. We look forward to the applications we will receive in the coming cycle and their potential to further contribute to the field.

The Stemmler Fund is committed to advancing research and development of innovative assessment methods in medical education or practice. We are soliciting brief, structured LOIs from investigators as the first step in the application process. Each LOI will be evaluated by the Stemmler Fund Steering Committee by focusing on the innovativeness of the ideas and the design of the study. Feedback will be provided to all who submit LOIs. A subset of investigators will be invited to submit full proposals that undergo rounds of peer and committee review.

Applicants should consider how their proposed research provides a departure from previous thought and practice and advances the field of assessment in medical education. Individuals or teams of investigators from medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) are encouraged to apply, either singly or in collaboration with other institutions. As the program’s guide­lines note, the number of LOIs submitted by individual schools is not limited. Applicants will be notified of the results of peer and committee evaluation of LOIs in November.

I encourage you to click on the link at left, to learn more about past Stemmler Fund initiatives and their scope, budgets, and impact. We look forward to your response to the Stemmler Fund's Call for Letters of Intent.


Peter J Katsufrakis, MD, MBA
National Board of Medical Examiners


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