AGA Academy of Educators Educational Grant Awards

The AGA Academy of Educators is accepting applications for its 2017 educational grant awards, now through Sep. 8, 2017. 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.
  • Research projects.

The deadline to apply for the 2017 awards is Sep. 8, 2017

Click here to view a past, accepted grant proposal.

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. 9, 2017. Awardees will be asked to reflect on their experience at the AGA Academy of Educators Plenary Session during Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2018.

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:

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

Grant requirements:

  • Applicants must be members of AGA and the AGA Academy of Educators.
  • Funds may not be spent on hardware such as laptops or iPads.
  • Funds may not be spent to pay oneself.
  • No more than $250 of the grant can be spent on travel.
  • Letter of support or mentorship from a division chief or mentor is required.
  • Accepted applicants will be required to present at DDW and post in the AGA Community about their experience.

Please contact Diana Tsuji at if you have any questions.

2016 Grant Award Winners

Osman Ahmed, MD, and Mayur Brahmania, MD, FRCPC

University of Toronto

A Clinical Decision Support Tool to Aid in the Management of Hospitalized Cirrhotic Patients

Jennifer A. Inra, MD

Brigham and Women's Hospital

"Grab and Go" Teaching Modules for Gastroenterology Fellows' Ambulatory Clinic

Simon C. Mathews, MD, and Theodore W. James, MD

Johns Hopkins University and University of North Carolina

Improving Antithrombotic Education for Endoscopic Procedures Among Gastroenterology Trainees through a Point-of-Care Clinical Decision Support Mobile Application: A Multi-Center Approach

Richa Shukla, MD

Baylor College of Medicine

Improvement in User Confidence and Competency in Upper Endoscopy with the use of a Smartphone-Based Endoscopy Training Application


2015 Grant Award Winners

Christen Dilly, MD

Indiana University/VA Medical Center

Validity evidence for a summative endoscopic skills assessment tool

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

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

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


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