College of Medicine Education Innovation Award Winner Announced

The College of Medicine (COM) Office of Medical Education is excited to announce the faculty recipient of the Education Innovation Award for the first quarter of the 2021-22 academic year.  

Kristen A. Knepp, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Knepp’s project submission, “Project MIMSE: Motivational Interviewing for Medical Student Education,” will be integrated into the Patient, Physician, & Community (PPC) II course for M1 students in the spring of 2022.  Project MIMSE will allow students to be educated and trained on motivational interviewing (MI) by an expert in MI.  Students will have several opportunities to practice and develop their MI skills throughout the PPC II course.

The Education Innovation Award was established to support faculty in developing innovative ways to engage learners. Successful proposals will align with the NEOMED COM Educational Program Objectives in addition to supporting a formal COM curricular component. All faculty currently teaching in the COM curriculum are eligible for the award. The maximum award amount is $5,000 and is limited to a maximum of one award per module/course and one award per applicant per academic year.

Details on the application process and requirements can be found on the Curriculum Change Initiative website.             

Applications for the Education Innovation Award are accepted quarterly.  The next award application deadline is October 15th with award decisions made by December 1st.

For more information on the award or application process, please contact COM Faculty Development at or refer to the application found on the COM Faculty Development section of the Curriculum Change Initiative website.

-Submitted by Jennifer Hillyer, Ph.D., director of Faculty Development for the College of Medicine

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