AGA Academy of Educators Educational Grant Awards

The AGA Academy of Educators is now accepting applications for its 2016 educational grant awards. Four competitive grants of $1,000 each will be awarded to fund the development of gastroenterology- or hepatology-related course or curricular materials, teaching tools, assessment tools, mentorship programs or research projects. The deadline to apply for the 2016 awards is Aug. 31, 2016.

Members of the academy can apply for these grants by submitting an application to If you are not currently a member of the academy, you must submit your completed application for membership prior to consideration for an award. The awardees will be notified on Oct. 10, 2016. Awardees will be asked to reflect on their experience at the AGA Academy of Educators Plenary Session during Digestive Disease Week® 2017.

Applications should include a CV and a brief description of the plan (maximum of three pages, single-spaced) for using the grant award. This should include:

  1. Goals and objectives
  2. An analysis of the educational gap that will be addressed in the project
  3. A discussion of the specific curriculum, program or research project proposed
  4. An explanation of how you will evaluate/assess your creation
  5. A detailed plan for how the money will be utilized (educational resources, software, etc.)

The projects will be assessed on the following factors:

  1. Impact on GI and hepatology education
  2. Ability to be a shared resource
  3. Innovation and creativity

Please contact Diana Tsuji at if you have any questions.


2015 Grant Award Winners

We offer our sincere congratulations to the grant recipients, Drs. Christen Dilly, Erin Forster Perlini, Swathi Eluri and David Wan.

The four awardees each gave a brief presentation about their projects at the Academy of Educators Plenary Session at DDW® 2016.

Christen Dilly, MD

Indiana University/VA Medical Center

Validity evidence for a summative endoscopic skills assessment tool

Formative tools are available for the assessment of endoscopy performance, designed to be used immediately following a single observation or a few observations. However, no summative tool is widely used to summatively assess a general GI trainee’s performance at the end of a clinical rotation. We have designed a tool to assess endoscopic and paraendoscopic skills at the end of each month of endoscopy experience. This project is designed to collect sufficient validity evidence for the new tool to justify its use in assessment of general GI trainees. We also hope to show evidence of generalizability to other programs.

Erin Forster Perlini, MD

University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital

Improving IBD Patient Knowledge, Medication Adherence and Satisfaction and Patient-Provider Relationships with an Interactive Software Decision Aid

We propose to improve patient knowledge, medication adherence and satisfaction to enhance patient-provider relationships, and expose fellows to quality improvement efforts within a systems-based practice utilizing interactive decision aid software on Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. This intervention will allow for a more efficient and directed encounters with provision of unbiased information creating the foundation of a patient's knowledge base upon which to build. Prior to seeing providers, patients will be asked to fill out the following surveys: CCKNOW, MMAS and IBDQ and then be given the pre-loaded iPad/tablet for the Emmi information session before seeing the provider for use in the clinic, and then see their physician as planned. The scores on the three questionnaires between the groups will be compared using a t-test with statistical significance set at 0.05 with subgroup analysis based on the type of IBD and clinical outcomes will be assessed using the IBDQ.

Swathi Eluri, MD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Improving Nutrition Education Among Gastroenterology Trainees through Case-Based Online Modules and Behavioral Nudging via Text Messages

The primary objective is to improve gastrointestinal (GI) trainee knowledge in nutrition. Online case-based modules targeting specific educational objectives will be developed comprising of a clinical case and a series of questions. One group of trainees will receive email notifications every 2 weeks with a link to the online modules. The second group will receive text messages with indirect prompts to complete modules, such as a nutrition question with a hyperlink to the website for the answer. Trainee knowledge will be evaluated through pre and post-tests. Mean test scores and proportion of completed modules will be compared between the groups to determine the utility of behavioral nudging with indirect messages in promoting self-directed learning.

David Wan, MD

New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Improving Fellows’ Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy Competency: A Computer-Aided and Video-Based Curriculum

We aim to develop a computer-based small bowel capsule endoscopy training platform in order to assess and improve GI fellows’ capsule competency level in reading full-length exams. The curriculum will consist of a (1) pre-test with multiple-choice questions and videos depicting small bowel lesions, (2) a didactic tutorial, (3) review of full-length, unedited capsules representing various small bowel pathology, and (4) post-test assessment.

2014 Grant Award Winners

Akwi W. Asombang MD, MPH, FAAP, FACP

University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Improving Medical Record Documentation of Clinical Encounters and Health Maintenance History in IBD Patients

Candi Jump, DO

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition

Development of Gastroenterology Fellows as Educators

Sumona Saha, MD

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Improving Direct Observation and Clinical Skills Assessment During Gastroenterology Fellowship

Matthew Whitson, MD

University of Pennsylvania, Division of Gastroenterology

An Interactive Curriculum for Esophageal Disorders

2013 Grant Award Winners

Molly Perencevich, MD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Quality Improvement Module for Outpatient Fellows Clinic

Lisa Malter, MD

New York University

A Comprehensive Electronic Guide or Application for Managing Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Christina Ha, MD

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Improving Inflammatory Bowel Disease Trainee Education: A Needs-Assessment Survey of Gastroenterology Trainees and Program Directors

Laurie N. Fishman, MD, AGAF

Boston Children’s Hospital

Transition Curriculum for Adult GI Fellows