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Academy of Educational Excellence

Awards and Funding

The Office of Education Science supports the advancement of education science at Mayo Clinic through competitive research grants, a year-long career development program, and other activities to engage and build a community of scholars. We currently offer three awards:

  • The Endowment for Education Research Award (EERA) is an annual award funded by OASES to support specific education research projects. The purpose is to advance the careers of Mayo Clinic, educators, increase the value of Mayo Clinic education programs, and contribute to the science of education. Applicants can request up to $10,000 (Tier 1, small or pilot projects) or $40,000 (Tier 2, more advanced projects) to be used in one calendar year. 
  • The Education Science Career Development Award (ESCDA) is an annual award funded by OASES for faculty members who wish to pursue education research as a significant component of their careers. Recipients will gain skills in education research, actively engage with our community of scholars, and create an education research protocol as part of this one-year curriculum. The award covers the cost of all educational activities and supports protected time to participate.
  • The Clinical Education Investigator Award (CEI) recognizes the accomplishments of education researchers who have significant, sustained contributions to education science on a national and international scale. The award includes an ongoing financial endowment to support the recipient's research activities.

Mayo Clinic scholars can learn more about these awards by visiting the EERA application and ESCDA application pages (login required).

Recipients of the Endowment for Education Research Award (EERA)

Mariela Rivera, M.D.

Mariela Rivera, M.D.

Trauma, Critical Care and General Surgery

Surgical Skill Transfer (International)

Rochester, Minnesota campus

Tier 2 award funding

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Chris Wittich, M.D.

Chris Wittich, M.D.

General Internal Medicine

U.S. News & World Report/Doximity

Rochester, Minnesota campus

Tier 2 award funding

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Lee Skrupky, Pharm.D., R.Ph.

Lee Skrupky, Pharm.D., R.Ph.

Pharmacy Education

Principles of e-Learning Design (Pharmacy)

Jacksonville, Florida campus

Tier 2 award funding

Carrie Bowler, M.S.

Carrie Bowler, M.S.

Staff Development

Rochester, Minnesota campus

Tier 1 award funding

Katherine Cornelius, M.P.H.

Katherine Cornelius, M.P.H.

Principal Health Services Analyst

Professional Identity Formation

Rochester, Minnesota campus

Tier 1 award funding

Grace Arteaga, M.D.

Grace Arteaga, M.D.

Pediatric Intensive Care

Clinical Reasoning

Rochester, Minnesota campus

Tier 1 award funding

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Uma Anand, Ph.D., L.P.

Uma Anand, Ph.D., L.P.

Mental Health Counselor

Wellbeing

Rochester, Minnesota campus

Award funding: $10,000

Boyd Viers, M.D.

Boyd Viers, M.D.

Surgical Urology

Simulation Modality Comparison

Rochester, Minnesota campus

Tier 1 award funding

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Tamara Vern-Gross, D.O.

Tamara Vern-Gross, D.O.

Radiation Oncology

Communication Training

Arizona campus

Tier 1 award funding

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Christopher Destephano, M.D., M.P.H.

Christopher Destephano, M.D., M.P.H.

Surgical Gynecology

Assessment Validation (Gyn Surg)

Jacksonville, Florida campus

Tier 1 award funding

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2019 EERA winners

NameCampusAward funding

Sarah Dodd, M.D.

Lauren Licatino, M.D.

Anesthesiology

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 2
Diana Kelm, M.D.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 2
Brianna Vaa, M.D.

General Internal Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 2
Michael Boniface, M.D.

Emergency Medicine

Jacksonville, Florida Tier 1
Heidi Felix, DHSc, MPAS

Simulation Center

Jacksonville, Florida Tier 1
Alexandra Greenberg-Worisek, Ph.D. 

Neurology

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1
Michael Link, M.D.

Neurologic Surgery

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1
Alexander Niven, M.D.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1
Mariela Rivera, M.D.

Trauma, Critical Care, and General Surgery

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1

2018 EERA winners

NameCampusAward funding

John Ratelle, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 2
Michael Cullen, M.D.

Cardiovascular Diseases

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 2
Moain Abu Dabrh, M.B., B.Ch., M.S.

Family Medicine

Jacksonville, Florida Tier 2
James Colletti, M.D.

Emergency Medicine / Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1
Michael Link, M.D.

Neurologic Surgery / Otorhinolaryngology

Jacksvonille, Florida Tier 1
Susan Hallbeck, Ph.D.

Health Sciences Research

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1
William Palmer, M.D.

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Jacksonville, Florida Tier 1
Bella Panchmatia, MSN

Education Administration

Phoenix, Arizona Tier 1
Ivan Porter, II, M.D.

Nephrology / Hypertension

Jacksonville, Florida Tier 1

Jose Valery, M.D.
Community Internal Medicine

Jacksonville, Florida Tier 1
Breann Williams, PharmD, RPh

Pharmacy

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1

2017 EERA winners

NameCampusAward funding

John Ratelle, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 2 funding

Adam Sawatsky, M.D., M.S.
Internal Medicine / General Internal Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota  Tier 2 funding

Stephanie Heller, M.D.
Trauma / Critical / General Surgery

Rochester, Minnesota  Tier 2 funding

Paula Craigo, M.D.
Anesthesiology

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1 funding
Michelle Holm, PharmD, R.Ph.
Pharmacy
Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1 funding

Ariela Marshall, M.D. 
Internal Medicine / Hematology

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1 funding

Brenda Schiltz, M.D.
Pediatric Critical Care-Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1 funding

R. Houston Thompson, M.D.
Urology

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1 funding

2016 EERA winners

NameCampusAward funding

Michael Cullen, M.D.
Cardiovascular Diseases

Rochester, Minnesota  Tier 2

Travis McKenzie, M.D.
Surgery

Rochester, Minnesota  Tier 2

John Ratelle, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota  Tier 2

Brian Shapiro, M.D.
Cardiovascular Diseases

Jacksonville, Florida Tier 2

Carrie Bowler, M.S.
Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1

M.J. Clarke, M.D.
Neurologic Surgery

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1

Stephanie Heller, M.D.
Trauma / Critical / General Surgery

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1

Samir Mardini, M.D.
Plastic Surgery

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1

Darlene Nelson, M.D.
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1 

Vilmarie Rodriguez, M.D.
Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1

Paul Scanlon, M.D.
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1

Robert Sedlack, M.D.
Gastroenterology

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1

Michele Yeadon, APRN, C.N.P.
Cardiovascular Diseases

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1

2015 EERA winners

NameCampusAward funding

Timothy Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.
General Internal Medicine Innovative

Rochester, Minnesota  Tier 2

Yue Dong, M.D.
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota  Tier 2

John Ratelle, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota  Tier 2

Bobbi Pritt, M.D. 
Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1

Sandra Rackley, M.D.
Psychiatry

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1

Stephanie Heller, M.D.
Trauma / Critical / General Surgery

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1

Caer Vitek, M.S
Center for Individualized Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1

David Farley, M.D.
Surgery

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1

Patricia Mackey, M.S., R.N. C.N.P.
Endocrinology

Phoenix, Arizona Tier 1

Brian Palmer, M.D.
Psychiatry

Rochester, Minnesota Tier 1

Michele Lewis, M.D.
Gastroenterology

Jacksonville, Florida Tier 1 

Recipients of the Education Science Career Development Award (ESCDA)

Richard Elias, M.B.B.S.

Richard Elias, M.B.B.S.

Hospital Internal Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota campus

Chris Stephenson, M.D.

Chris Stephenson, M.D.

General Internal Medicine

Rochester, Minnesota campus

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Erin E. Martin, APRN, CRNA, D.N.P.

Erin E. Martin, APRN, CRNA, D.N.P.

Nurse Anesthesia Program

Rochester, Minnesota

Molly Kilpatrick, M.D.

Molly Kilpatrick, M.D.

Palliative Medicine

Jacksonville, Florida

2018 ESCDA winners

NameDepartmentCampus
Grace Arteaga, M.D. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Rochester, Minnesota 
Christopher Destephano, M.D., M.P.H. Medical & Surgical Gynecology Jacksonville, Florida 
Heidi Felix, DHSc, MPAS Simulation Center Jacksonville, Florida 
Kara Mangold, M.S. Education and Professional Development Jacksonville, Florida 
Mariela Rivera, M.D. Trauma, Critical Care, General Surgery Rochester, Minnesota  
Ashok Seshadri, M.D. Psychology/Psychiatry Rochester, Minnesota  
Lee Skrupky, PharmD, R.Ph. Pharmacy Education Rochester, Minnesota  
Tamara Vern-Goss, D.O. Radiation Oncology Phoenix, Arizona 

2017 ESCDA winners

NameDepartmentCampus
Michael Boniface, M.D. Emergency Medicine Jacksonville, Florida
Sarah Dodd, M.D. Anesthesiology Rochester, Minnesota
Alexandra Greenberg-Worisek, Ph.D. Epidemiology Rochester, Minnesota
Diana Kelm, M.D. Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Rochester, Minnesota
Lauren Licatino, M.D. Anesthesiology Rochester, Minnesota
Alexander Niven, M.D. Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Rochester, Minnesota
Marcela Salomao, M.D. Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Phoenix, Arizona
Brianna Vaa Stelling, M.D. General Internal Medicine Rochester, Minnesota

2016 ESCDA winners

NameDepartmentCampus
Elena Bitrian, M.D. Ophthalmology Rochester, Minnesota
Katherine Campbell, Ph.D. Regenerative Medicine Rochester, Minnesota
Paula Craigo, M.D. Anesthesiology Rochester, Minnesota
William Palmer, M.D. Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology Jacksonville, Florida
Ivan Porter, II, M.D. Internal Medicine Jacksonville, Florida
Amit Sharma, M.D. Dermatology Phoenix, Arizona
Jose Valery, M.D. Internal Medicine/CIM Jacksonville, Florida
Michele Yeadon, APRN, C.N.P.  Nursing Rochester, Minnesota

2015 ESCDA winners

NameDepartmentCampus
M.J. Clarke, M.D. Neurosurgery Rochester, Minnesota
Michael Cullen, M.D. Cardiology Rochester, Minnesota
Nirvikar Dahiya, M.D. Diagnostic Radiology Phoenix, Arizona
Laura Finn, M.D. Hematology Oncology Jacksonville, Florida
Susan Moeschler, M.D. Anesthesiology Rochester, Minnesota
Brian Palmer, M.D. Psychiatry Rochester, Minnesota
Jason Post, M.D. Community Internal Medicine Rochester, Minnesota
Sara Bonnes, M.D., M.S. General Internal Medicine Rochester, Minnesota
Aaron Rindflesch, Ph.D., P.T., NCS Physical Medicine Rochester, Minnesota
Ericka Tung, M.D. Primary Care Internal Medicine Rochester, Minnesota

Current Clinical Education Investigators