FAER/ABA Research in Education Grant

This year, Benjamin Cloyd, M.D. became the first recipient of the FAER/ABA Research in Education Grant for his proposal to evaluate the impact of MOCA participation on clinical practice and patient care.

Dr. Cloyd, a clinical lecturer at the University of Michigan, will research anesthesiologists certified between 1994 and 2005 using the Anesthesiology Performance Improvement and Reporting Exchange (ASPIRE), the quality improvement arm of the Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group (MPOG), to gauge physicians’ clinical performance across multiple institutions and practice settings.

The goal is to develop a robust system that provides anesthesiologists with timely comparisons to the performance of their local colleagues, targeted continuing medical education opportunities, and the chance to subsequently demonstrate directed quality improvement personalized to physicians’ practice.

Since winning the grant in June 2019, Dr. Cloyd has met with our team of psychometricians to create a research proposal. Together, they’re currently working on a data sharing and use agreement before submitting the final proposal for IRB approval.

As we seek to co-sponsor the grant for a second year, we sat down to learn more about what inspired Dr. Cloyd to specialize in anesthesiology, the genesis of his grant-winning research project, and why he feels this research is important for his physician peers and patients alike.


What questions do you have for Dr. Cloyd? What research projects have you been involved in this year?