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Calkins Research Fellowship

Evan Calkins, MD
Evan Calkins, MD

Evan Calkins, MD, served as director of medicine at Meyer Memorial Hospital, now Erie County Medical Center, for 12 years. During that time, the clear but unmet needs of the community, especially in poor and medically underserved areas, made a strong impression on him. Calkins believes medical institutions have an obligation to improve the quality of, and access to, health care throughout the community. The Calkins fellowship is a product of this conviction.

The Evan Calkins, MD, Fellowship for Community-Based Research supports residents and junior faculty who conduct community-based research or quality improvement projects.

The annual award encourages recipients to explore and discover the rewards and opportunities of community-based scholarship.

Residents and junior faculty whose career goals are centered around clinical practice are encouraged to apply.

Award Amount



Submit all materials by end of business, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, including letters from your research mentor and department chair or program director.


The recipient will be notified by email before April 15, 2017 and announced at this year’s Scholarly Exchange Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017.



You must be a resident, fellow or junior faculty member (assistant professor on tenure or non-tenured track) in any clinical department of the medical school or the School of Public Health and Health Professions.

Residents of the combined internal medicine/general preventive medicine residency are also eligible.


Your project must be implemented in a community setting, a community-based clinical practice, an ambulatory clinic or an emergency room setting of a UB-affiliated hospital.

Consult and execute preliminary planning with a faculty member possessing recognized expertise in community-based research or quality improvement.

An active faculty member with appropriate expertise should mentor and guide you throughout the program.

Acceptable Proposals

Examples of possible proposals include:

  • description and documentation of a current problem in health care identifying specific issues preventing a positive outcome
  • controlled study of an investigation designed to address a specific management problem
  • translation of evidence-based guidelines into practice
  • replication of published research in a new setting
  • addressing one or more phases of the quality improvement cycle
  • enhancement of patient self-management

Application Process

Evaluation Criteria

A committee appointed by the senior associate dean for graduate medical education reviews all applications.

The committee bases selections on:

  • the strength of your research proposal and personal statement
  • the study’s potential impact on community health
  • the quality of the research environment and its appropriateness for the proposed study
  • your potential to develop into a practicing physician or researcher as evidenced by letters of support
  • your agreement to present your work at next year’s Scholarly Exchange Day if you win the award

Proposals directed toward the health care needs of the poor and medically disadvantaged will receive priority.

Required Materials

Use the online form to submit your application. Your application must include:

  • your CV
  • a personal statement regarding the genesis and evolution of your interest in your project
  • a summary of your long-term career goals
  • a detailed summary of your proposal, including: hypothesis, design of study, methods to be employed, potential significance, status of IRB approval
  • an NIH-style biosketch for your research mentor


You also must have your research mentor and department chair or program director send letters of support. Your mentor’s letter should describe your mentoring plan.

Upload these two letters as part of the online application.

Questions? Please contact:

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Sharon M. Sullivan

Director, Operations & Project Management

Graduate Medical Education

Phone: (716) 829-6124; Fax: (716) 829-3999