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AMA Reimagining Residency FAQs

What are the AMA’s priorities for the innovation projects supported by the Reimagining Residency initiative?

We are seeking projects that:

  • Provide a meaningful and safe transition from undergraduate to graduate medical education
  • Establish new curricular content and experiences to enhance readiness for practice
  • Promote well-being for trainees and their colleagues in the learning environment

Who is eligible to apply?

Successful applicants will have direct responsibility for institutional oversight of at least one graduate medical education program.  Applicants may be U.S. graduate medical education sponsors, health systems, specialty societies and/or U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical schools.  We are seeking proposals that have the potential to transform graduate medical education, with results that are generalizable beyond a single residency or fellowship program at a single institution. Therefore, we encourage collaborations—between sponsoring institutions and health systems, between graduate medical education programs and medical schools, among programs and/or specialty societies—that can drive meaningful change.  Applicants should be institutions and organizational entities, not individuals.

In the case of collaborating applicants, one institution or entity must be identified as the lead applicant and each other collaborator as a co-applicant.  Note that, if selected, the lead applicant will be awarded funding by the AMA and will be responsible for distribution of funding to co-applicants. 

Is this strictly a residency initiative, or may proposals address innovations in fellowship education?

We are interested in innovation proposals that have broad applicability within graduate medical education. The specific environment, whether residency or fellowship, is less important than the potential impact on all of graduate medical education and the continuum of physician training.

Can an organization submit more than one proposal?

Yes, but only if every proposal identifies a distinct lead principle investigator (PI).  While we encourage collaboration across organizations and institutions, a proposal must have a single PI who has responsibility for organizational oversight of graduate medical education (e.g., DIO, CMO, dean, president of a national organization) and agrees to coordinate the project. A PI may lead only one proposal. An institution or organization may participate in multiple collaborative proposals with distinct lead PIs.

Will successful applicants join the Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium?

Yes, the Reimagining Residency grant recipients will be invited to join the existing Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium as a condition of receipt of the grant. Consortium meetings will present opportunities for broad collaboration across the educational continuum and will also involve independent graduate medical education activities.

Is this opportunity only for current Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium members?

No. The initiative is open to U.S. graduate medical education sponsors, health systems, specialty societies and/or U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, whether or not the applicant is currently a member of the Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium.

Is this opportunity limited to one type of specialty?


Is there a limit to how many institutions and organizations can collaborate on a proposal?

No. However, each proposal must designate one PI who is responsible for coordinating the project.

How much money will we receive should we be chosen?

The Reimagining Residency initiative is a $15-million grant program in total. Each applicant that is selected will receive an equal amount of funding.

How many projects will be funded?

We anticipate funding eight projects.

Email [email protected] for additional information or specific questions about the Reimagining Residency initiative.

AMA Reimagining Residency Initiative

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