Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics


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Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) Grant Program

Chair- Lavjay Butani, MD, MACM

The purpose of this initiative is to promote and support innovative educational scholarship that is designed, implemented, and evaluated by COMSEP members. Selected educational grant(s) will be supported for a total of $5,000. Mentorship and its associated feedback and guidance are important to COMSEP and so each grant application should include information about the principal investigator's project mentor, described in fuller detail below.
This grant program is supported, in part, by the following generous donors for the advancement of undergraduate pediatric medical education:
1) Funding from The Richard T. Sarkin Foundation, celebrating the late Dr. Sarkin's commitment to creative and innovative teaching and learning in Pediatrics;
2) Funding from MedU (, a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering the best health care education through collaborative development and research into innovative, high-impact virtual teaching and learning methods
The principal investigator of the COMSEP grant must be a member of COMSEP. The topic of the grant proposal must align with COMSEP's mission: To promote exemplary teaching practices, advance innovation and scholarship in medical student education in pediatrics, and foster the personal growth, professional success and collaboration of our members.
Previous COMSEP grantees are welcome to apply with a new project or clearly delineated "next steps" in a previously completed project. Projects that have been completed at the time of application are not eligible for funding.

Interested in joining the Grants Committee? Please apply here.

View COMSEP Grant Awardees


Olivia Mittel, MS, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Project:M-SIGHT (Medical Student Education in Global Human Trafficking 

David Hersh, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Yale University School of Medicine
Project: Evaluation of a Novel Approach to Teaching Pediatric Ethics to Medical, Nursing, and Physician Associate Students

Ian Chua, MD
Hospitalist Fellow
George Washington University School of Medicine
Project: Patient Experience Debriefs: Medical Student Interviews of Hospitalized Patients Guiding Reflections on Future Practice
2016 Richard T. Sarkin Foundation for Medical Education Awardee

Janice L. Hanson, PhD, EdS
Director of Educational Research and Development
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Project: Pediatric Faculty Decision-Making about Supervision for Core EPAs


Eve Colson, MD Richard Sarkin Foundation/COMSEP Awardee
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Yale School of Medicine
Project title: Medical, Nursing, and
Physician Assistant Student Perspectives about Interprofessional Education (IPE)
Funded 2013

Amy Guiot, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Division of Hospital Medicine
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Project title: Closing the Gap in Handoff Communications: Evaluating the Effects of an IPASS Medical Student Handoff Bundle
Funded 2013

Dr. Jennifer Trainor
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Project Title: Pediatric Skills Boot Camp for M4 Students
Dr. Bill McGagahie initially served as mentor-has departed the institution, shifted to Dr. Mark Adler
Chair: Dr. Thomas Green
Dr. Trainor serves as the second COMSEP/Richard Sarkin Foundation Awardee
Funded 2012

Dr. Jimmy Beck
Children's National Medical Center
George Washington University
Project Title: Professional Identity Formation Among Medical Students Who Volunteer at a Medical Specialty Camp
Mentor: Dr. Terry Kind
Chair: Dr. Mark Batshaw
Funded 2012

Dr. Irene Hong-McAtee,
Dept of Pediatrics, U Kentucky
Project Title: Evaluating Attitudinal Change in a Basic Science Curriculum in the Peditric 4th Year Acting Internship.
Mentor: Dr. Charles Griffith, Office of the Dean, U Kentucky
Chair: Dr. J. Timothy Bricker
Funded 2011

Dr. Lisa Leggio, Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Health Sciences University,
Title: Handover CEX: A validation Study.
Mentor: Dr. Deborah Richardson, Education Discovery Institute, Georgia Health Sciences University
Chair: Dr. Bernard Maria
Dr. Leggio serves as the first COMSEP/Sarkin Foundation awardee.
Funded 2011

Jocelyn Huang Schiller, M.D.
University of Michigan, Department of Pediatrics
Project Title: Parental Assessment of Medical Students' E-Mails
Mentor: Patricia B. Mullan, Ph.D.
Chair: Valerie Castle, M.D.
Funded 2010

Dr. Lavjay Butani
University of California at Davis , Department of Pediatrics
Project Title: Clerkship Students' Assessment of Resident Performance
Chair: Anthony F. Philipps, MD
Mentors: Su-Ting Li, MD, MPH, and Debora A. Paterniti, PhD
Funded 2009

Dr. Erin K. Balog
Department of Pediatrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, MD
Mentor: Janice L. Hanson, Ph.D., Ed.S.
Chair: Ildy Katona, MD
Project Title: Designing and Evaluating a Pediatric Clerkship Health Supervision Curriculum
Funded 2009

Dr. Linda Lewin
University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Project Title: Improving Student Oral Presentation Skills Using Guided Self-Assessment
Mentor: Dr Carol Carraccio
Chair: Steven J. Czinn, MD
Funded 2008

Dr. John Kunzer
Indiana University School of Medicine , Department of Pediatrics
Project Title: The Relationship between Medical Student Burnout and Perceptions of Professionalism
Funded 2008
Mentor: Dr. Mitch Harris
Chair: Richard L. Schreiner, MD, Chair

Dr. Robin Deterding chaired the COMSEP Research Grants Committee prior to my chairmanship. She shifted the chairship to me at the COMSEP meeting in Atlanta Georgia (Research Grants Committee Meeting, April 2, 2008). At that meeting, three (3) grant submissions were considered. We approved and funded two projects: Dr. Lewin's and Dr. Kunzer's. I believe there might have been one set of grant submissions (2007?) prior to the 2008 meeting.