"Art of the Possible" Education Scholarship Grants 2020

“The uniqueness of our discipline lies in its focus of application.  It is the academic study of the art of the possible…”

Dr. Fred Fallis, former DFCM Chair


The Art of the Possible (AOP) Education Scholarship Grant Program, offered by the Office of Education Scholarship (OES), provides seed grants to support education scholarship projects that will benefit one of the DFCM programs (Undergraduate Education, Postgraduate Education, Graduate Studies, Faculty Development, Quality Improvement, Global Health, Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care). This is an ideal opportunity for faculty members who are new to education scholarship. All DFCM faculty members are welcome to apply. This program is designed to support applicants from idea to dissemination, providing consultations, faculty development events, and application writing support. This program requires program director approval before applications are moved forward for adjudication. These two-year grants can provide up to $5,000 per project.

The OES is here to help you with your AOP application. We can provide consultations as you formulate your idea, or at any stage of the process. If you are thinking about applying, arrange an initial consultation.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the OES at dfcm.edscholarship@utoronto.ca

Application Process

1) First Steps: Arrange an initial consultation. Consultations are available with OES team members throughout this application process and are mandatory at certain stages.

2) Each applicant must send their program director/division head’s written approval for the project idea to the OES at dfcm.edscholarship@utoronto.ca by November 22, 2019.

3) PeArLS Session: Applicants will have the opportunity to present their ideas for discussion at Personally Arranged Learning Session (PeArLS) that will be held on the afternoon of November 29, 2019 at the Celebration of Education Scholarship*. Small and large group formats will be used to provide an enjoyable and relaxed opportunity to brainstorm, collaborate and refine project ideas in a safe and supportive setting. Attendance is not required, however we strongly encourage all applicants to attend this session.

4) Consultations: Applicants must receive a consultation before submission of the draft application. Request a consultation.

5) Draft applications are due January 20, 2020 at noon. This step gives applicants an opportunity to complete the AOP application and receive feedback and consultation well in advance of the final deadline. 

6) Consultations: Applicants must schedule a consultation to receive feedback on their draft application before proceeding to final submission. Consultations will be available on the afternoon of February 7, 2020, during the Celebration of Education Scholarship event. Alternative dates can be arranged if required.

7) Final applications are due March 6, 2020 at noon. The DFCM Education Grant Committee will adjudicate the applications and funding announcements will be released in early April. Applicants who receive conditional approval for their projects will be given until June 1, 2019 to revise and resubmit their proposals. 

* Celebration of Scholarship events are designed for DFCM faculty who are engaging in or interested in learning about education scholarship. Each event combines a variety of activities such as presentations by leading scholars, journal club discussions, panel discussions, group consultations and project updates by DFCM faculty members.

Important Dates

Nov 29/19 – Celebration of Education Scholarship, including PEARLS session (opportunity for applicants to discuss their project ideas in small facilitated groups)

Dec 2-20/19 – Consultations available for applicants as they prepare their draft application. (NB: Consultation is required before submission of draft application)

Jan 20/20 at noon – Deadline for submission of draft application

Feb 7/20 – Consultations for feedback on draft applications will be scheduled during the Celebration of Education Scholarship event. Alternative dates can be arranged if required. (NB: Consultation is required before submission of final application)

Mar 6/20 at noon – Deadline for submission of final application

Early Apr/20 – Decision letters sent to applicants

Possible Projects

Examples of possible projects based on Boyer’s categories of education scholarship*:

  • Projects related to the scholarship of teaching: transforming or extending knowledge of teaching and learning processes; building bridges between the teacher’s knowledge and the student’s understanding. These often include innovative ways of teaching or program evaluation projects.
  • Projects related to the scholarship of application: drawing the connection between research and practice, developing new intellectual understandings through clinical or educational practice.
  • Projects related to the scholarship of integration: making connections across disciplines; illuminating data in a revealing way; fitting one’s own research, or the research of others, into larger intellectual patterns; or to interpret, draw together, and bring new insight to bear on original research. These often include interprofessional collaboration and the notion of interdisciplinary work.
  • Projects related to the scholarship of discovery: contributing new knowledge and advancing the discipline of academic family medicine. These projects are usually referred to as “research” and must include a specific research question, objectives and hypotheses.

*Boyer EL. Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professoriate. Princeton University Press, 3175 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648;1990 Dec 3.

Primary Applicants

  • must have their program director/division head’s support to pursue this application. The following DFCM programs/divisions are eligible: Undergraduate Education, Postgraduate Education, Graduate Studies, Faculty Development, Global Health, Quality Improvement, Palliative Care and Emergency Medicine. Funded projects are intended to be in line with program/division priorities.
  • must hold a primary faculty appointment with the DFCM as a full-time clinical or part-time clinical member of the Faculty of Medicine. Members of any academic rank (lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor or full professor) are eligible to apply. Adjunct clinical faculty members can act as a collaborator.

Eligibility and Team Member Roles

A Project Lead/Co-Project Lead must be a full-time or part-time faculty member within the DFCM and engaged in educational activities (teaching or the development and delivery of our educational programs) at the DFCM.

A collaborator must be a faculty member, learner, or staff member within the Faculty of Medicine or its affiliated hospitals.

Faculty members affiliated with the Office of Education Scholarship may be included as collaborators or senior advisor/mentors.


  • will be provided for two years, effective May 1 2020, and is non-renewable.
  • will be provided to a maximum of $5000 per project.
  • will be released when the following terms have been satisfied:
    • Project lead provides confirmation of ethics review board submission (If required, the project lead may request a portion of funds to be advanced to allow for a research assistant to support the REB application.)
    • Project lead and all team members have completed the online tutorial TCPS2:CORE (Course on Research Ethics)
    • Project lead agrees to be the primary contact for the project, and to take responsibility for the overall project design, development, budgetary oversight and completion.
    • Project lead agrees to provide interim reports and participate in progress report presentations at Office of Education Scholarship faculty development events.
    • Project lead agrees to present a poster on their project at the DFCM Conference and submit an abstract to a national conference. We encourage further dissemination where possible.

Previously Funded Projects

Project Lead


Project Title
Dr. Melissa Nutik Undergraduate Education

Multisource feedback in the Family Medicine clerkship: A pilot evaluation

Dr. Sherylan Young Undergraduate Education

From Hidden to Formal: The Impact of Formal Clinical Learning Experiences Delivered by Health Professional Educators in Undergraduate Medical Education

Dr. Batya Grundland Postgraduate Education

Caring, Not Just Curing: Role of Digital Storytelling in Fostering Reflection and Reflective Practice

Dr. Karen Fleming Postgraduate Education

Developing an effective maternity care eModule for Family Medicine Residents.

Dr. Abbas Ghavam-Rassoul Graduate Studies

Which components of the INTAPT course are crucial to learner outcomes?

Dr. Renata Leong Faculty Development

Effectiveness of low cost in situ simulation as a professional development method in office anaphylaxis management

Dr. Megan Landes Emergency Medicine

A Programme Evaluation of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM)

Dr. Jeremy Rezmovitz Quality Improvement

Incorporating Quality in Continuing Education Design

Dr. Ahmed Al-Awamer Palliative Care

Online Bridging Program for International Palliative Care fellows

Dr. Praseedha Janakiram Global Health

The PGY3 Global Health and Vulnerable Populations Enhanced Skills Year: A qualitative review of alumni trajectory following graduation from the Department of Family and Community Medicine.