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PRIMED Initiative

CEDAR and the Office of Curricular Affairs at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine have partnered to offer faculty, staff, trainees, and students the opportunity to participate in a mentored education project opportunity through the Projects Resulting in Improvement to Medical Education (PRIMED) Initiative.

The inaugural PRIMED Initiative brings together teams individuals with interest or expertise in medical education for four pre-selected projects on topics of key interest to the SLU School of Medicine. 


The PRIMED initiative is led by Kristina Dzara, Ph.D., assistant dean for scholarly teaching and learning and CEDAR director and co-led by Cynthia Nebel, Ph.D., director of learning services, in coordination with Chad Miller, M.D., senior associate dean for undergraduate medical education.  

Project Topics 

Each collaborative project team will use established education needs assessment, program evaluation, or quality improvement methods. The four project topics selected for the inaugural PRIMED Initiative include: 

  1. Exploring the academic identity of clinical teaching faculty following the SSM transition
  2. Clarifying barriers and opportunities for undergraduate medical education student participation in research projects
  3. Understanding undergraduate medical education student expectations for evaluation of clinical performance
  4. Examining the current structure of formal mentorship opportunities for undergraduate medical education students


We are pleased to announce that the following individuals have been accepted as part of the inaugural PRIMED Initiative: 

  • Meher Arora
  • Isabel Banks
  • Cindy Bitter, M.D.
  • Jamie Bolar
  • Kaitlynn Borik
  • Jennifer Cash, M.D.
  • Loki Cortner
  • Dan Daly, Ph.D.
  • Yichen Fang
  • Nicholas Hauser
  • Achraf Jardaly, M.D.
  • Paul Kunnath, M.D.
  • Avery Levinger
  • Jasnoor Malhotra
  • John Martin, Ph.D.
  • Sean Massa, M.D.
  • Lynda Morrison, Ph.D.
  • Jamil R. Neme, M.D.
  • Regan Orr
  • Meha Pandya
  • William Park
  • Alicia N. Pate, Ph.D.
  • Shristi Paul
  • Lucila Radke
  • Aidan Ruth, Ph.D.
  • Julie Sahrmann, D.O.
  • Serena Schein
  • Claire Schroll
  • Charlie Smoller
  • Angela Spencer
  • Kaitlyn Storm
  • Brady Wahlstrom
  • Neal Weber, Ed.D.

Initiative Funding 

The Dr. Jay Howard and Nikki Cohn Tureen Fund generously provides funding. Each project team may receive up to $2,500 to support needs specific to each project. The CEDAR director approves all project needs, which may include but are not limited to transcription, statistical support, poster printing, open access publication fees, and local or regional conference registration and travel for presentation for one to two team members. 

Application Information 

All faculty, staff, trainees and students with a Saint Louis University School of Medicine affiliation were eligible to apply for the initiative. Applications for the inaugural PRIMED Initiative closed on April 20, 2024.

Please direct all questions about the PRIMED Initiative to