Innovation Collaborative

2016-2020 Innovation Funds Summary

Innovations Funds Summary chart

2020-2021 Innovation Fund Recipients

19 teams submitted projects totaling $129,264.40
12 endorsed for a total of $56,742.40                                      

All projects will have supportive consultations with GME Office (Wickham/Chappo)

Chairside digital intra-oral imaging for the dental operatory $6,519
Darrick Zirker, Hospital Dentistry – General Practice Residency Program

Simulated Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy Training using 3D-Printed Models $2,490
Jordan Gainey, Radiation Oncology Residency Program

Advancement and Integration of Point-of-care Ultrasound (POCUS) in an Internal Medicine Residency $6,207
Nicholas Arnold, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Education repository for dermatologic images of skin of color $4,749
Brian Swick, Dermatology Residency Program

Needs Assessment and Faculty Development for a Dedicated Ultrasound Curriculum with Urologic Residency Training $5,000
Ryan Steinberg, Urology Residency Program

A longitudinal faculty development program: supporting a culture of teaching $4,500
Jane Rowat, Manish Suneja, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Move and Motivate $5,197.40
Trent Davis, Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program

Proficiency Testing of Thoracoscopic Skills Using a Virtual Reality Mimetic Chest Wall and Lung Model $6,950
John Keech, Thoracic Surgery – Integrated Residency Program

Improving Communication and Care for Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Family Medicine Residency Training (for short: "ICC4IDD") $6,000
Meghan Connett, Family Medicine Residency Program

Implementing game-based system-thinking training in surgical residents $4,650
John Keech, General Surgery Residency Program

Normalizing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Simulation $3,580
Paul Leonard, Anesthesiology Residency Program

Board Preparation Knowledge Assessment Tool $900
David Dickens, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program


The Innovation Collaborative was convened in 2020 by the Office of Graduate Medical Education to foster collaboration and develop a culture of innovation across clinical education. The collaborative will be a community of practice that will facilitate learning about innovation, making connections, forming partnerships and pursuing the development of innovative activities for clinical education.

Overarching Goals

Members will:

  1. Develop new knowledge about innovation and educational innovation
  2. Make connections with a variety of innovators
  3. Share lessons learned, new paradigms discovered and insights from both successes and failures
  4. Find new collaborators across professions and disciplines
  5. Contribute to the development of a culture of educational innovation


Membership includes highly innovative program directors, faculty, fellows, and residents who are project leads or team members that submitted an innovation project for FY18 or FY19 GME Innovation Funds. Open to all, across all disciplines and specialties, including interprofessional colleagues.

Interested in joining the Innovation Collaborative? Contact Gerry at 

Anesthesia Critical Care

  • Archit Sharma, MBBS Program Director
  • Benjamin Rezny, DO Faculty


  • Michelle Parra, MD Program Director
  • Paul Leonard, MD Faculty
  • Clark Obr, MD Faculty
  • Jason Rapaport, DO Faculty
  • Sangini Punja, MBBS Faculty
  • Anil Marian, MBBS Faculty

Colorectal Surgery

  • Jennifer Hrabe, MD Faculty


  • Brian Swick, MD Faculty
  • Kenya Ferguson, MD Faculty
  • Kendra Tan, MD Resident

Diagnostic Radiology

  • Bruno Policeni, MD Faculty

Family Medicine

  • Brigit Ray, MD Program Director
  • Kate Thoma, MD Faculty
  • Meghan Connett, MD Faculty
  • Jason Wilbur, MD Faculty
  • Scott Larson, MD Faculty
  • Justis Stolz, MD Resident
  • Nymisha Rao, MD Resident

General Surgery

  • Julia Shelton, MD Program Director
  • Lillian Erdahl, Assistant Program Director
  • Patrick McGonagill, MD Faculty
  • Kristopher Day, MD Faculty
  • Kelsey Koch, MD Resident
  • Jacklyn Engelbart, MD Resident

Office of GME - Graduate Medical Education

  • Mark Wilson, MD Associate Dean
  • Gerald Wickham, MA, EdD Director, Educational Initiatives
  • Hillary Chappo, MHA Associate Director, Education and Accreditation Initiatives


  • Usha Perepu, MBBS Faculty

Hospital Dentistry

  • Darrick Zirker, DDS Program Director
  • David Gratton, DDS Faculty
  • Emma Mueldener, DDS Resident
  • David Thielen, DDS Resident
  • Malachi Zeitner, DDS Resident

Internal Medicine

  • Manish Suneja, MD Program Director
  • Katherine Harris, MD Associate Program Director
  • Justin Smock, MD Associate Program Director
  • Grerk Sutamtewagul, MD Faculty
  • Charles Rappaport, MD Faculty
  • Jane Rowat, MS Education Development Director
  • Girish Mhatre Senior Application Developer
  • Mohmmad Ansari, MD Fellow
  • Roger Struble, MD Fellow
  • Nicholas Arnold, MD Chief Resident
  • Sydney Bowmaster, MD Resident
  • Yana Zemkova, MD Resident
  • Desmond Barber, MD Resident

Maternal Fetal Medicine

  • Andrea Greiner, MD Program Director
  • Sarah Watson, MD Fellow


  • Collen Stockdale, MD Program Director
  • Abbey Hardy-Fairbanks, MD Faculty

OCRME – Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education

  • Marcy Rosenbaum, PhD 
  • Patrick Barlow, PhD


  • Kristi Chang, MD Program Director
  • Jaclyn Haugsdal, MD Faculty
  • Andrew Pouw, MD Faculty


  • Deborah Kacmarynski, MD Faculty
  • Andrew Davis, MD Chief Resident
  • Miles Kilmara, MD Resident

Pediatric Cardiology

  • Ravi Aswath, MD Program Director


  • Amy Stier, MD Program Director
  • David Dickens, MD Faculty


  • Andrea Weber, MD Faculty
  • Alison Lynch, MD Faculty
  • Anthony Miller, MD Faculty
  • Allister Wilton, MD Faculty

Radiation Oncology

  • Carryn Anderson, MD Program Director
  • Sridhar Yaddanapudi, PhD Faculty
  • Quentin Adams, MD Resident
  • Jordan Gainey, MD Resident
  • Fatima Kenjar, Program Coordinator


  • Trent Davis, MD Faculty

Center for Procedural Skills and Simulation Facility

  • John Keech, MD Surgery Faculty
  • Julie Hartman, Simulation Director
  • Dyan Anderson, Instructional Service Coordinator
  • Johnson Ding, Instructional Services Specialist


  • Chad Tracy, MD Program Director
  • Elizabeth Takacs, MD Associate Program Director
  • Amy Pearlman, MD Faculty
  • James Brown, MD Faculty
  • Vignesh Packiam, MD Faculty
  • Mohammed Said, MD Faculty

Vascular Interventional Radiology

  • Sandeep Laroia, MD Program Director

Vascular Surgery

  • Mel Sharaffudin, MD Faculty