RISE COVID-19 Education Innovation Awards


RISE received 31 COVID-19 education innovation proposals from faculty, staff, and learners across Michigan Medicine, the School of Public Health, the College of Pharmacy, and the Center for Inter-Professional Education. Proposed ideas to address education gaps caused by the pandemic included creative education interventions, adjustment to teaching modalities, and new content for delivery within science, health, and/or healthcare delivery.

We recently honored 11 teams* with RISE COVID-19 Education Innovation Awards in recognition of their education innovation ideas that answered a call to challenge the existing education structures and develop meaningful alternatives to traditional health sciences education.

  • Medical Student Team,** Executing programming to support local communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 (Medical Student MSA)
  • Medical Student Team,*** Archiving medical education leaders’ perspectives and experiences on leadership in times of crisis (Medical Student MSA)  Their completed video series can be viewed here.
  • David Belmonte, Enabling virtual visits in the clinical setting (Department of Psychiatry)
  • Thomas Bishop, Creating an interprofessional virtual e-learning patient case for medicine, nursing, and pharmacy learners (Department of Family Medicine)
  • Benjamin Cloyd, Developing an online universal precautions module to protect clinicians from aerosolized infections during intubation (Department of Anesthesiology)
  • Phoebe Danziger, Generating an interactive website to address ethical dilemmas (Department of Pediatrics)
  • Emily Nairn, Designing a provider toolkit to improve provider communications with patients with hearing loss (UMH Audiology)
  • Laura Power, Executing an interprofessional experiential challenge for population health crises (Department of Epidemiology School of Public Health)
  • Elizabeth Putnam, Crafting a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure to facilitate interactions and decision-making between learners and faculty in the virtual clinical environment (Department of Anesthesiology)
  • Rishindra Reddy, Using wearable technology to facilitate virtual rounds in the surgical learning space (Department of Surgery)
  • Raza Zaidi, Creating an immersive extended reality curriculum for Anesthesia education (Department of Anesthesiology)

* Alphabetical order, only principal innovators are listed (for non-student teams)
** Medical Student Team includes: Taylor Jamerson, Erica Odukoya and Emmanuel Quaye
*** Medical Student Team includes: Kavya Davuluri, David Portney, Taylor Standiford, and Nikki Trupiano

All submitted proposals were reviewed by a distinguished panel of education innovators and leaders.  Each proposal received feedback regarding how the idea 1) proposed an adjustment, modification or transformation to systems or process; 2) demonstrated potential for rapid implementation within a department, multiple departments, or domains or across the health science continuum; 3) addressed issue(s) facing health sciences education at Michigan Medicine brought about by COVID-19; and 4) represented feasibility in implementation. In addition, all submitters were invited to collaborate with members of the RISE community to further develop, elevate, or implement their innovation idea. Awardees will receive direct connections to units and/or individuals that can assist in developing or implementing the idea, leverage available resources, elevate evaluation and assessment strategy, and assist in rapid implementation of ideas. All submissions will be paired with invited to participate in RISE-facilitated Innovation Clusters to connect innovators and ideas.

“The disruption wrought by the pandemic to our educational mission is unprecedented. As evidenced by the number and quality of proposals submitted to RISE by our faculty, staff and students, the creativity, dedication, and commitment to providing an outstanding education for our learners across the educational spectrum is exceptional,” says James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., the Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine, and a professor of internal medicine and learning health sciences, who lead this initiative within RISE.

Dr. Woolliscroft’s Academic Medicine invited commentary provides more insight into innovation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.