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Faculty Innovation in Education Award

The ABPN Faculty Innovation in Education Award is intended to support the development of innovative education and/or evaluation projects that promote effective residency/fellowship training or lifelong learning of practicing psychiatrists and neurologists. Preference will be given to projects that have the potential for use in more than one site and to applicants who are at a junior or mid-faculty level.

Current ABPN Faculty Innovation in Education Award Recipients

Mary Camp, MD (2020-21)
Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Neurocognitive Psychiatry: A Study of Current Practices and Development of a Simulation Based Curriculum

Adriane dela Cruz, MD (2020-21)
Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
From “Yeah, No” to “Yeah, Yeah!”: Development and Assessment of a Podcast to Promote Critical Evaluation of the Literature and Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry

Nuri Jacoby, MD (2020-21)
Department of Neurology, SUNY Downstate Medical Sciences University
Development and Evaluation of an Innovative Neurology E-Learning Didactic Curriculum for Psychiatry Residents (DELIVERED)

Amanda Jagolino-Cole, MD (2021-22)
Department of Neurology, McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston
A Teleneurology Curriculum for Neurology Residency

Jamie Nicole LaBuzetta, MD, MSc, MPhil (2021-22)
Department of Neurosciences, University of California San Diego School of Medicine
Life and Death: Standardizing Education about Brain Death

Charles Samenow, MD, MPH (2021-22)
Department of Psychiatry, George Washington University School of Medicine
Virtual Theatrical Professional Development Series

J. Corey Williams, MD, MA (2021-22)
Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University School of Medicine
National Anti-Racism in Medicine and Psychiatry Curriculum Coalition

Cen Zhang, MD (2020-21)
Department of Neurology, New York University Langone Health
Talking the Talk: Experiential Learning for Neurology Faculty to Develop Peer to Peer Communication Skills and Professionalism


Previous ABPN Faculty Innovation in Education Award Recipients

Dara V. F. Albert, DO (2018-19)
Division of Child Neurology/Department of Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital/The Ohio State University College of Medicine
An Objective Structured Clinical Exam for Child Neurology Residents

Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD (2014-15)
Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Translating Continuing Medical Education to Clinical Practice: Using Quality Improvement Strategies to Facilitate Uptake of Evidence-Based Practices

Jonathan Avery, MD (2015-16)
Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College
Improving Psychiatry Residents’ Attitudes Towards Dually Diagnosed Individuals

Diana Barratt, MD, MPH (2019)
Department of Neuroscience, Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Disclosure of Medical Errors in Stroke Patients: Development of a Simulation-Based Curriculum

Andrea Crowell, MD (2017-18)
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
Using Simulation to Teach and Evaluate Effectiveness of the Safety and Management of Agitation Resident Training (SMART) Program

Alauna Davis Curry, MD (2017-18)
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine/Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Bridging the Silence Gap: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Addressing Racism

Sandra DeJong, MD, MSc (2019-20)
Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School
Developing a Curriculum for GME and CME in Pediatric Tele-behavioral Health

Andres Fernandez, MD (2018-19)
Department of Neurology, Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Development of a Critical Care EEG Curriculum for Epilepsy and Neurophysiology Fellows Through an Interactive Online Educational Platform

Charles Flippen II, MD (2014-15)
Department of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles
Evaluation of the Utility of Digital Video Recording as a Method to Improve Neurology Resident Interviewing Skills

Jacqueline Hobbs, MD, PhD (2018-19)
Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida College of Medicine
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety for the Practicing Psychiatrists: Keeping It Relevant, Efficient, and Fun (REF)

Michael Jibson, MD, PhD (2014-15)
Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School
Inter-Rater Reliability and Validity of the Clinical Skills Verification (CSV) Model for Assessment of ACGME Milestones

Andrea Leep, MD (2015-16)
Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic
Assessment and Continuous Improvement of Physician Professionalism: An Examination of Validity Evidence and Model for Incorporating Professionalism into Maintenance of Certification Programs

Augusto Miravalle, MD (2016-17)
Department of Neurology, University of Florida College of Medicine
Development of a Competency-Based Assessment Program for Neurology Residency Programs

Nicholas Morris, MD (2018-19)
Department of Neurology, Program in Trauma, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Development and Validation of Evaluative Simulation Scenarios for Neurological Emergencies

Lauren Osborne, MD (2019-20)
Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Gynecology and Obstetrics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
The National Curriculum in Reproductive Psychiatry

Jeffrey Rakofsky, MD (2017-18)
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
An Advanced Longitudinal Psychopharmacology Assessment (ALPA) Using a Conversational Virtual Human Patient-Care Simulator

Ruth Shim, MD, MPH (2016-17)
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California Davis School of Medicine
Training Psychiatrists to Address the Social Determinants of Mental Health
Jonathan H. Smith, MD (2016-17)
Department of Neurology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Unannounced Simulation to Evaluate Communication and Interpersonal Skills Among Neurology Residents

Andrew M. Southerland, MD, MSc (2015-16)
Department of Neurology, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Neurology Resident Evaluation Using Google Glass (NeuroEGG)

Shilpa Srinivasan, MD (2016-17)
Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Motivational Interviewing Curriculum for Psychiatry Residents: Empowering Through Innovation

Robert Thompson Stone, MD (2014-15)
Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Creation and Analysis of a Comprehensive, Formalized Approach to Neurology Clinical Skills Evaluation

Colleen Tomcik, MD (2019-20)
Department of Neurology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Making the Virtual a Reality: Creation of a Novel, Longitudinal, and Comprehensive Teleneurology Curriculum for Neurology Residents

Jill Williams, MD, PhD (2015-16)
Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Online Residency Training in Tobacco Use Disorders


Each year, up to two psychiatry and two neurology fellows will be selected.  The duration of the fellowship will normally be for two years with a maximum amount of funding of $50,000 per year or $100,000 total.  This amount is intended to cover salary, fringe benefits, and other costs.  No indirect costs will be covered.

The submission deadline for 2022-2023 awards is August 9, 2021.

Applicants must:

  • be certified by the ABPN
  • participate in the ABPN’s continuing certification (maintenance of certification) program
  • hold an unrestricted license to practice medicine in a state, commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States
  • comply with the ABPN’s conflict of interest policies and procedures
  • hold a faculty appointment in a psychiatry or neurology department (or its equivalent) in a U.S. LCME-accredited medical school

Any projects relevant to the education and/or assessment of psychiatrists and neurologists will be considered, although the ABPN is particularly interested in the following areas:

  • Innovative approaches to train program directors to implement clinical skills evaluations
  • Innovative approaches to faculty development for conducting clinical skills evaluations
  • Innovative approaches to the development and assessment of professional competence
  • Strategies to promote lifelong learning
  • Innovative curricula for continuing certification (maintenance of certification), including teaching about MOC in residency
  • Strategies to promote public education about and input into Board certification
  • Strategies to promote physician resilience and to prevent burnout

Faculty Innovation in Education Award Information

For additional information contact Dorthea Juul, PhD.