CAFM Educational Research Alliance (CERA)

To participate in a CERA Survey:

  • Watch for an open call for proposals, which is sent to CAFM members.
  • Read the tips for writing a good proposal.
  • Complete and submit a CERA application. You need to be a member of ADFM, AFMRD, NAPCRG, STFM to apply. You will need to create an account on the STFM website to submit.
  • Review the CERA application form.
  • Limit the number of questions you submit to 10 or fewer. You will also receive the results of the recurring questions. 

How Proposals are Reviewed/Scored:
Proposals are reviewed by at least two researchers. They are assessed according to logistical and technical considerations, as well as to the significance and new knowledge to be yielded. Priority is given to content that is likely to yield a high-quality peer-reviewed publication. Applicants receive brief feedback from reviewers. The applications are evaluated in the following areas:

  • Interest of topic 
  • Background and significance 
  • Is it hypothesis-driven? 
  • Quality of questions as written 
  • Is it publishable? 
  • Overall quality of submission

2017/2018 Survey Schedule

Call for Proposals
Survey Dates
Program Directors (12) 7/24/17-9/1/17 1/15/18-2/28/18
Program Directors & Dept Chairs
Special Survey About Faculty Shortages
9/18/17-10/16/17 3/1/18-4/15/18
Clerkship Directors 1/9/18-2/24/18 5/15/18-6/18/18
Program Directors ABFM Special Survey(13) 3/6/18-4/14/18 6/19/18-7/23/18
Program Directors Special Survey
AboutWellness/Burnout/Fatigue (14)
7/23/18-9/2/18 10/31/18-12/14/18
Program Directors (15) 12/17/18-1/26/19 3/20/19-5/3/19


Expectations for Investigators
If a survey is accepted, investigators are expected to:
  • Have questions formally reviewed and refined by the liaison
  • Include their liaison as an author on the initial publication
  • Turn a draft manuscript in to the liaison within 3 months of receiving the results
  • Present findings at a CAFM organization meeting (strongly encouraged)
Responsibilities of Mentors
CERA Steering Committee mentors:
  • Work with investigators to refine questions
  • Help prepare the manuscripts and abstracts
  • Keep the group moving forward
  • Assist with the data analysis, particularly with the analysis plan
IRB approval
CERA surveys use the American Academy of Family Physician's IRB, a federally approved IRB. Investigators should follow their local IRB policies regarding use of the data.



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