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Team from Children's National Awarded Education Research Grant

A team from Children’s National Health System (Children’s National), led by Cara Lichtenstein, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), was one of the recipients of the 2018 Education Research Grant Award from the SMHS Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE).

Lichtenstein’s team is embarking on a mission to establish a health equity curriculum for the pediatrics residency program at Children’s National.

“There are some published curricula and guidelines on the topic, but we noted a significant gap in our literature review,” she explained. “The materials lacked the inclusion of the community perspective in curricula development.”

A goal of the project is to determine what the community feels should be addressed in a healthy equity curriculum for pediatric residents in the Washington, D.C., metro area

“This award will help us to support the focus groups of community members that we want to conduct,” Lichtenstein said. “It also provides funding for assistance in interpreting the data that we collect from those groups.”

The information will be used to design a curriculum for pediatric residents at Children’s National that is locally relevant and feasible and that increases community buy-in.

The CFE gives the Education Research Grant to encourage and support scholarship in medical and health sciences education. The office provides $45,000 annually for the initiation of new medical and/or health sciences research projects.

The CFE was established to support the development of SMHS as a national leader in innovative education and training by advancing the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning.

To learn more about the Center for Faculty Excellence, visit