The impact of local health professions education grants: is it worth the investment?


  • Susan Humphrey-Murto University of Ottawa
  • Kyle Walker University of Ottawa
  • Simran Aggarwal University of Ottawa
  • Nina Preet Kaur Dhillon University of Saskatchewan
  • Scott Rauscher University of Ottawa
  • Timothy Wood University of Ottawa



Background: Local grants programs are important since funding for medical education research is limited. Understanding which factors predict successful outcomes is highly relevant to administrators. The purpose of this project was to identify factors that contribute to the publication of local medical education grants in a Canadian context.

Methods: Surveys were distributed to previous Department of Innovation in Medical Education (DIME) and Department of Medicine (DOM) grant recipients (n = 115) to gather information pertaining to PI demographics and research outcomes. A backward logistic regression was used to determine the effects several variables on publication success. 

Results: The overall publication rate was 64/115 (56%). Due to missing data, 91 grants were included in the logistic regression. Variables associated with a higher rate of publication; cross departmental compared to single department OR = 2.82 (p = 0.04), being presented OR = 3.30 (p = 0.01), and multiple grant acquisition OR = 3.85 (p = 0.005) 

Conclusion: Although preliminary, our data suggest that increasing research publications from local grants may be facilitated by pooling funds across departments, making research presentations mandatory, and allowing successful researchers to re-apply.


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Author Biographies

Susan Humphrey-Murto, University of Ottawa

Associate Professor of Medicine

Timothy Wood, University of Ottawa

Professor at the Department of Innovation in Medical Education (DIME), University of Ottawa




How to Cite

Humphrey-Murto S, Walker K, Aggarwal S, Preet Kaur Dhillon N, Rauscher S, Wood T. The impact of local health professions education grants: is it worth the investment?. Can. Med. Ed. J [Internet]. 2021 Jun. 30 [cited 2024 Mar. 4];12(3):44-53. Available from:



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