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NEW! A Third Round of Back to Bedside Funding is Now Available!

The ACGME is proud to continue supporting residents’ and fellows’ efforts to increase connection with their patients through the Back to Bedside initiative. The ACGME is currently accepting applications and letters of interest for the next round of Back to Bedside projects.

Back to Bedside is designed to empower residents and fellows to develop transformative projects that foster meaning and joy in work and allow them to engage on a deeper level with what is at the heart of medicine: their patients. Supported by the ACGME, Back to Bedside provides a competitive funding opportunity for resident- and/or fellow-led teams to innovate. The initiative is also intended to create a learning collaborative of resident-/fellow-led research teams.

The third cycle of Back to Bedside has two options for applicants to consider: single-program projects for resident/fellow leaders and a new multi-program arm that offers a junior faculty member the opportunity to serve as Project Leader while empowering resident/fellow leaders across different settings.

Single-Program Projects for Residents and Fellows - Proposals Due: February 21, 2022

The ACGME seeks proposals for awards for resident- and fellow-developed, innovative, grassroots strategies to improve, foster, or cultivate meaning in clinical learning environments by increasing opportunities to build connections with patients and improving the physician-patient relationship.


Multi-Program Arm for Junior Faculty Members - Letters of Interest Due: December 1, 2021

NEW! The ACGME will fund a multi-program arm of Back to Bedside, with the intent of implementing and testing a previously successful intervention in the spirit of the initiative across different educational settings and a larger population of residents/fellows. One multi-institutional project will be funded during this first iteration and will be overseen by a junior faculty member Project Leader. Both the project and its Project Leader will be selected through a competitive, tiered application process.

Submit Letter of Interest

Since the inception of the Back to Bedside initiative, the ACGME has funded more than 60 projects, engaging more than 150 residents and fellows in innovative projects to enhance their clinical experience and engage more fully with their patients and colleagues.

Watch a video about how previous Back to Bedside participants have collaborated and learned from each other.

Back to Bedside Projects
View project highlights from the first Back to Bedside cycle from 2018-2020.
View the project list from 2019-2021.