Published 5/1/2014

CCI Grant Deadline Approaching

Orthopaedic surgery residency programs have until May 16, 2014, to apply for a Core Competency Innovation (CCI) grant. CCI grants provide up to $20,000 to promote the following six core competencies as defined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education:

  • patient care/surgical assessment methodology
  • medical knowledge
  • practice-based learning and improvement
  • interpersonal and communication skills
  • professionalism
  • systems-based practice

The grants are intended to enhance the educational experience by encouraging a program’s creativity and innovative thinking. Accredited and nonaccredited programs may apply.

Grants will be awarded based on objective criteria such as how funds improve the residents’ learning experiences, merits of the educational program, faculty expertise, program accreditation status, and educational resources. Over the past 4 years, more than one third of all applicants have received a CCI grant through the OMeGA Medical Grants Association.

See previous efforts
All 2013–2014 CCI recipients will display posters at the Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors meeting, being held in conjunction with the combined meeting of the American Orthopaedic Association and the Canadian Orthopaedic Association in Montreal, Canada, June 18–21, 2014. Two programs will be asked to give brief presentations. To view the 2012–2013 CCI posters, visit the OMeGA website at

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. (CT) on May 16, 2014. This schedule is 4 months earlier than in past years in response to applicant program requests for earlier grant notification and a full academic year to complete the project. The OMeGA Residency GLM (Grant Lifecyle Manager), a help guide to assist you through the application process, and a sample grant recipient agreement, is available on the OMeGA website, www.omegamedicalgrants.org

Industry funding for CCI grants comes from Zimmer (gold level) and Biomet Orthopedics (silver level).