• Affiliated With

    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
    • Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital


Clinical Learning Environment Innovation Grants Program

Cambridge Health Alliance CEO Pat Wardell in collaboration with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation founded the Clinical Learning Environment Innovation Grants Program.

CEO CLER aims to enlist graduate-level trainees in improving the clinical learning environment at CHA – hospital units and clinics which care for patients AND nurture the development of health care professionals. All graduate level trainees in CHA-sponsored medical education programs are eligible to apply for up to $3000 of grant funding to support initiatives that will improve both the patient experience of care and the staff experience of caring.

Particular areas of interest

  1. Developing a culture of safety
  2. Nurturing staff and provider engagement and experience
  3. Strengthening our partnership with patients
  4. Efforts to improve performance on identified quality metrics
  5. Improving care transitions

Application process

The application process follows the guidelines set below.

  • Grants are intended to encourage trainee leadership of action research. Priority will be given to change initiatives that have a clear aim, a practical change idea, and a measurement strategy that will allow us to determine that the change represents an improvement.
  • Action research within your own organization requires intentional partnership with key stakeholders and is most successful when project aims can be aligned with larger institutional aims.
  • Trainees are encouraged to collaborate across training programs, with multidisciplinary colleagues, and patients.
  • In general, draft proposals are due in the beginning of August. The proposal template is a series of questions on a form available on a Center for Professional Development team site. Questions embedded in the proposal template are included as an attachment to this announcement.
  • The committee will respond with feedback to your draft proposals within two weeks. Final proposals are due by mid-September. Successful final proposals will include modified responses to the project template on the team site as well as a formal student-faculty mentor agreement, a clear project timeline, and an itemized budget.
  • Successful grantees will be notified of their award acceptance in the first week of October. Grantees are expected to prepare a poster for the annual CHA poster session, prepare a brief final report to the committee, and are encouraged to submit their work for publication and/or presentation before appropriate internal and external audiences. Technical assistance in project management and evaluation is available for grantees through the Institute for Community Health.
The CEO CLER Innovation Grants Program is administered through the CHA Academic Council. The Award Selection Committee includes institutional and GME leadership with representation from our four largest ACGME-sponsored primary training programs. If you have any questions, please contact CPD@CHAlliance.org.

2016-2017 Awards

CHAckathon: Mobilizing the wisdom of the crowd to reduce no shows in ambulatory psychiatry
     Sol Adelsky
     Child Psychiatry

Workplace wellness: Mindful lunch program for all staff
Curriculum development in mindfulness in adult psychiatry
     Nicholas Barnes
     Adult Psychiatry

Cookies, Coffee, and Quality: Just-in-time training for IM/TY/PGY 1 Psych trainees on hospital quality goals
     Erica Dwyer
     Internal Medicine

Safe Space: A series of evening events to sponsor conversation about local and national current events with a focus on racism, social inequalities, and violence
     Daniel Gonzalez
     Adult Psychiatry

Understanding the CHA patient and family perspective on outmigration for ED and inpatient care
     Shirin Karimi
     Internal Medicine

Women’s Wellness Hour: a group visit for women with chronic pain and social isolation at the Malden Family Medicine Center
     Talia Lewis
     Family Medicine

Resident-led faculty development for hospitalists: Strategies for using resident work artifacts as curriculum
     Michael McShane
     Internal Medicine

Understanding the impact on staff and patients of scaling back contact precautions for patients colonized with MRSA and VRE
     Kay Negishi
     Internal Medicine

Train the trainer approach to building crisis intervention skills and improving patient and staff safety in child psychiatry
     James Palmer
     Child Psychiatry

Diabetes self management skill building among frail elders
     Cynthia Schoettler
     Internal Medicine

Using volunteers to improve patient experience for hospitalized elders and reduce hospital acquired delirium
     Galina Tan
     Internal Medicine

2015-2016 Awards

Interdisciplinary Discussions on Integrated Care: Creating a Dialogue Between Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Residents
     Carrie Cunningham
     Adult Psychiatry

Opiate Withdrawal Protocol for Hospitalized Patients
     Alison Alpert
     Internal Medicine

Cambridge Health Alliance Department of Psychiatry Minority Trainees: Building Community and Fostering Change
     Jason Reynolds & Priya Sehgal
     Adult Psychiatry

Face-to-face contact between Child Psychiatry Fellows and Adult Psychiatry Residents
     Josepha Iluonakhambe & Jose Rengifo
     Adult Psychiatry & Child Psychiatry

Improving Transitions of Care in Acute Psychiatric Services
     Louis Ostrowsky
     Child Psychiatry

Mindfulness Integration Project
     Nayla Khoury
     Adult Psychiatry

Making children’s books relevant to children with mental health needs available to clinicians, children and their families
     Marisa Mendel
     Child Psychiatry

Caregiver Group in Pediatric Integrated Care at Windsor Street Health Center
     Shireen Cama
     Adult Psychiatry

2014-2015 Awards

From PCP Rounder to PCP Consultant: Resident Perspective on the Transition
     Amy Pasternack & Christina Phillips
     Internal Medicine

Public Narratives on 4W: Stories of self, us, and now
     Rebecca Rogers
     Internal Medicine

Creating a Wards Workspace that Optimizes Resident Wellness and Community
     Nina Sreshta

Skills and Concepts in Critical Care
     Dylan Bothamley
     Internal Medicine

Trainee Wellness
     Stephanie Clark

Patient Advisory Council at Malden Family Medicine Center
     Sam Hwu & Robert Caiazzo
     Family Medicine

Improving Depression Screening in Diabetic Patients in the Ambulatory Setting
     Rachel Hathaway
     Internal Medicine

Equipping Outpatient Psychiatry with Video Interpreting Services
     Sophia Nam

Gwong Sante: A Wellness Group for Haitian Patients
     Emily Rosene
     Family Medicine