CRIT Action Project Awards

The Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) Program in the Care of Older Adults

Action Project Awards

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS — NEXT SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2015

Please e-mail all elements of your application (see criteria below) by Saturday, August 1, 2015 to:
Mary Jordan Samuel at mjsamuel@americangeriatrics.or

Chief residents (CR) who participated in the CRIT Program in the Care of Older Adults are invited to submit their completed Action Project for consideration for an Action Project Award.

Two prizes in the amount of $750.00 will be awarded to successful CR applicants from 2013 or 2014.

An additional award of up to $750.00 will be awarded to the prize winners if they submit an abstract based on their CRIT Action Project, and it is accepted, by December 1, 2015, for an oral or poster presentation at a professional society meeting or scientific conference (eg, the American Geriatrics Society, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Society of General Internal Medicine, regional or local medical societies, etc.). This award is to offset the cost of travel and accommodations associated with attending the meeting/conference. The CR must be listed as the lead/presenting author of the abstract in order to be considered for this additional award, and the abstract must be accepted.

Eligibility Criteria

Action Project awards are open to all individuals who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Applicant must be a former CR who attended the CRIT Program in 2013 or 2014.
  2. CR applicant can be from any area of specialization.
  3. Only Action Projects that were 100% completed are eligible for consideration for an award.

Action Project Award Application Process

  1. A copy of the completed Action Project plan developed at CRIT 2013 or 2014.
    1. We understand that Action Projects developed at CRIT are occasionally modified to facilitate successful implementation and completion (e.g. change in scope, change in outcomes). Therefore, we will accept submissions of modified Action Projects, provided that the original project plan is submitted along with a modified version that indicates what was actually implemented.
  2. A personal statement (250 words or less) on how this award will support your professional development.
  3. A signed letter of recommendation by a mentor, program director or department chair that includes the following information:
    1. Confirmation that the candidate is/was a Chief Resident at your institution, attended CRIT, AND completed the Action Project that is being submitted for this award.
    2. Confirmation that the applicant will be allowed time off to travel to the meeting/conference should his/her submission be accepted for presentation (if applicable).
  4. Please note: CRs who are no longer at the institution where they attended CRIT, must also include a letter from their current program director indicating that they will be allowed time to travel to the conference.

Action Project Award Rating Criteria

All submitted Action Projects will be rated on the following criteria:

  1. If the project was 100% complete (verified by PD letter)
  2. The level of impact on geriatrics knowledge or clinical care,
  3. The potential for expansion and/or sustainability,
  4. The institutional/audience reach,
  5. The quality of the applicants personal statement, and
  6. The quality of the Program Director’s letter of recommendation.

Process for Receiving Travel Award

  1. CRs submit a copy of the meeting/conference abstract submission documentation (e.g. the abstract and a confirmation email) that proves the abstract based on the CRIT Action Project was accepted for presentation.
  2. Awardees are expected to pay for conference registration, flight, accommodation and related expenses with their own funds. Reimbursement will be made for the actual cost upon return from the trip after the conference/meeting has taken place.
  3. After attending the conference, the awardee must submit the following REQUIRED reimbursement documentation:
    • Information on the conference (e.g., a print out from website with dates and location)
    • Airline boarding passes
    • Original receipts for other expenses (e.g., hotel, taxi, meals). Note: Meal receipts must be itemized.
    • Credit card statements that shows the charge(s) matching the receipt(s)
  4. Allowable expenses to attend a professional meeting or scientific conference include: travel (e.g. air, taxi, bus, rental car, gas mileage), accommodation, meals, conference registration, and abstract submission fee.
  5. Unallowable expenses include: direct salary support, alcohol, entertainment, limousine or livery service, gifts, donations, parking tickets.
  6. All payment/reimbursement requests must be submitted within 45 days after the meeting/conference has taken place.
  7. Additional information on the reimbursement process will be provided at the time the award it given.

Additional Information

  1. If CRs from the same institution/section/department attended CRIT together, and developed and implemented their Action Project together, and submit an application to receive an Action Project award together, if selected, the award will only be given to the lead/presenting author of the abstract. If co-lead authors are designated, one award will be given and it will be the responsibility of the authors to determine how the award is distributed.
  2. The Action Project Award Selection Committee will consist of individuals who were former (2008-2011) CRIT Program Principal Investigators.
  3. Action Project Awards will be selected in a blinded review process by the selection committee, based on the rating criteria noted above.
  4. Action Project Award Winners will be announced through the AGS and ADGAP listservs and featured on the ADGAP and POGOe website.

Key Dates

An additional award of up to $750.00 will be awarded to the prize winners if they submit an abstract based on their CRIT Action Project, and it is accepted, by December 1, 2015, for an oral or poster presentation at a professional society meeting or scientific conference (eg, the American Geriatrics Society, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Society of General Internal Medicine, regional or local medical societies, etc.). This award is to offset the cost of travel and accommodations associated with attending the meeting/conference. The CR must be listed as the lead/presenting author of the abstract in order to be considered for this additional award, and the abstract must be accepted.

 

Dates for Chief Residents who attended CRIT in June 2013
Call for submissions July 1 – September 1, 2014
Section committee convenes to review
Action Project submissions
Mid-September
Selection notifications sent by email to all applicants September 30, 2014

 

Dates for Chief Residents who attended CRIT in June 2014
Call for submissions June 1, 2015 – August 1, 2015
Section committee convenes to review
Action Project submissions
Mid-August, 2015
Selection notifications sent by email to all applicants August 31, 2015

Action Project Awards are funded by the Hearst Foundations and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Announcing the 2014 CRIT Action Project Award Winners

We congratulate the inaugural Chief Resident Immersion Training in the Care of Older Adults (CRIT) Action Project Award winners, John Karbassi, MD, of the University of Massachusetts–Worcester and Linda May, MD of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The award is given to an outstanding Chief Resident who has developed a project within their CRIT program that has an impact on enhancing geriatrics knowledge within their institution. Our thanks to the Hearst Foundations generous support of the CRIT program and this award. To view an article regarding Dr. Karbassi’s Action Project, click here. To view the PowerPoint Dr. Karbassi developed, click here. To view the poster developed from Dr. May’s Action Project, click here.

Call for Submissions – CRIT Action Project Awards

ADGAP and Boston University/Boston Medical Center (BU/BMC) announces a call for submissions for the Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) Program in the Care of Older Adults Action Project Awards. Chief residents (CR) who participated in the CRIT Program in June 2013 are invited to submit their completed Action Project for consideration for an Action Project Award. Additional information can be found here.

Sample Chief Resident Action Projects

Specialty Setting/Audience Action Plan Implementation
Emergency Medicine Emergency Medicine Residents & Faculty Identify important pathophysiologic differences in the geriatrics population. Apply these principals in every day clinical decision making particularly in the realm of resuscitation. Part I – formal didactic session. Part II – case-based small group discussion.
Internal Medicine Primary Care Block Residents Implementation of Mini-CRITs as part of core curriculum for rotating Primary Care Residents. Initial topics included: gait assessment, goals of care, cognitive assessment and decision making. New topics selected each year. New CRs are now doing this collaboratively from year to year. Each Primary Care Resident receives special training in eight geriatric topics over a two-year period.
Internal Medicine Intern Conference & Resident Morning Report Develop educational curriculum to teach interns how to diagnose and treat delirium in elderly patients. Simultaneous project implementation in clinic and directed toward night float team by chief colleagues. Together create pocket card and web resource that outlines general diagnostic principles of delirium & key management. Roll-out delirium order set as planned with delirium QI project
Neurology Residents and Medical Students Alter how students/residents evaluate, document, and treat (optimize) gait with better outcomes for patients (less falls, trauma, hospitalization, chronic care placement) Implement through use of didactics, videos, physical therapists, validated tools already in existence
Orthopedics Medicine Residents, Orthopedic Residents & Hospitalists Improve medical co-management of hip fracture patients Developed mutually agreed upon “rules of engagement” for medicine residents, orthopedic residents, and hospitalists to improve the coordination of care for older patients.
Psychiatry Psychiatry Residents Improved geriatric psychiatry didactics in residency program will help residents identify and apply information specific to geriatric mental health, both in regards to geriatric psycho-pharmacology and also diagnosis and medical comorbidities that may contribute to a psychiatric presentation. Residents will better screen for elder abuse. Increased didactics will include one journal club lecture per month on Geriatric Mental Health topic. Laminated card for psychiatry residents to use with helpful numbers for geriatric services/elder abuse screening.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Inpatient Rehab Medicine Increase PCP/Geriatric Awareness of inpatient hospitalizations & solidify follow-up in order to decrease comorbidities & re-hospitalization Call PCP on patient’s initial presentation to 7W in order to inform of patient’s status. Obtain follow-up appointment with PCP and inform of medical changes in order to provide continuum of care.