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Professional Enrichment and Growth (PEG) Grant

The Office of Faculty is now accepting applications for Professional Enrichment and Growth (PEG) Grants for the 2024/25 academic year. Multiple grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to faculty at all levels (instructor, assistant professor, associate professor or professor) who wish to engage in an activity that will help them achieve their professional goals as well as advance the academic missions of their departments, the College of Medicine and the University.

The activity must be supported by the applicant’s department chair and should be of a nature as to lead toward advancement in academic rank or, in the case of full professors, support their professional development in their area of expertise. Examples of such activities include:

  • Working in another institution’s specialized laboratory to learn a new technique that will add a level of expertise that does not exist currently in a department
  • Visiting another institution to acquire an educational skill or to better understand an innovative teaching model
  • Attending a certification workshop or other conference specific to the applicant’s area of interest


Please submit a three– to five-page typed application (not including the budget) using the following outline:

  1. Detailed Description of Proposed Activity – Please provide a detailed description of the proposed activity including where and when the activity will occur and if appropriate, with whom you will be working.
  2. Future Goals – Please describe your five-year academic and professional goals and how this experience relates to them.
  3. Budget – Please detail how the grant money will be spent. Be as specific as possible. Note: Salary support and tuition will not be covered.

A completed application should be submitted through InfoReady and will include:

  1. Typed application (described above)
  2. Applicant’s updated curriculum vitae
  3. Letter of support from the Department Chair/DME/Regional Dean indicating their support of the activity and a discussion of how it will enhance the applicant’s career and the department
  4. Letter of support from the receiving institution (if applicable)
  5. Brochure of conference/workshop (if applicable)

Features of a strong application:

  • The application is complete - incomplete applications will not be considered
  • The proposal is well written and does not contain multiple grammatical errors
  • The proposal is focused and clearly explains how the activity will contribute to career advancement
  • The proposal contains a detailed and reasonable budget. PEG grants cannot be used to support salary or tuition

The deadline for the application is Monday, May 20, 2024, 5 p.m. EST.

Funds will be available as of July 1, 2024. Following completion of the activity, each awardee will submit a written report and present a summary of the experience to the Drexel University College of Medicine Executive Committee of the Faculty (ECOF).

Please contact the Office of Faculty at with questions.

2022-2023 PEG Grant Recipients

Applicants are encouraged to reach out to previous awardees for examples of funded applications.

“Facial Aesthetics Training”
Ghiath Alnouri, MD
Academic Campus: Philadelphia Ear, Nose and Throat Associates
Department: Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery

“Acquiring Expertise in Online Education”
Jessica Chen, PhD
Academic Campus: Center City
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

“Microglia Activation and Phenotypic Response to Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury”
Ryan DeSanti, DO
Academic Campus: Queen Lane; St Christopher's Hospital for Children
Department: Pediatrics

“To Attain Board Certification and Implement a Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum through the American College of Lifestyle Medicine”
Gregory Ferenchak, MD
Academic Campus: Allegheny Health Network; Forbes Family Medicine Residency
Department: Family, Community and Preventative Medicine

“Pediatric Improving and Advancing the Scope of Simulation-Based Medical Education at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children”
Sonal Goenka, MD
Academic Campus: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Department: Medicine [Neonatal-Perinatal]

“The Opioid Epidemic Can End: Here's How”
Aysha Hasan, MD
Academic Campus: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Department: Anesthesiology

“Simulation-based neonatal resuscitation training for pediatric residents at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children”
Swosti Joshi, MD
Academic Campus: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Department: Pediatrics [Neonatal-Perinatal]

“Developing new models in biofilm research using a synthetic biology approach”
Jarek Krol, PhD
Academic Campus: Center City
Department: Microbiology and Immunology

“To obtain Society of Hospital Medicine Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) certificate of completion to become the champion of PoCUS training for residents, Drexel medical students and faculty”
Pavani Pagolu, MD
Academic Campus: Tower Health
Department: Medicine

“Master of Health Care Quality and Safety Program”
Indu Poornima, MD
Academic Campus: Allegheny Health Network
Department: Medicine

“Celebrating Women in Medicine: Creativity and Diversity”
Olapeju Simoyan, MD, MPH, BDS, FAAFP, FASAM
Academic Campus: Tower Health - West Reading
Department: Psychiatry

“Enhancing Medical School and Surgical Education Using Open Operating Room Augmented Reality Trainers”
Aley Tohamy, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Academic Campus: Crozer Chester Medical Center
Department: Surgery

“Resuscitative TEE Project”
Kevin Welch, DO
Academic Campus: Crozer Chester Medical Center
Department: Emergency Medicine

Previous PEG Grant Recipients

“To obtain hands-on experience performing ChIP assays by working with Dr. Felice Elefant’s laboratory.”
Seena Ajit, PhD, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology

“Application to apply to the Harvard School of Public Health Leadership Development for physicians in Academic Health Centers, October 17-29, 2010.”
Gregg Alleyne, MD Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

“To pursue a research collaboration with Dr. Illana Gozes of Tel Aviv University to study neuroprotective peptide interactions.”
Peter W. Baas, PhD Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy

“Attend the Statistical Parametric Mapping Workshop.”
David Bennett, PhD, Department of Psychiatry

“To enhance his research capabilities by working with Dr. Stephen Strom in the Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh to learn the techniques of human hepatocyte isolation and culture.”
Michael Bouchard, PhD, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

“Participate in the Institute for Medical Simulation at Harvard – Comprehensive workshop in medical simulation.”
Sharon Calaman, MD, Department of Pediatrics

“Research Project: Neonatal CD8+ T cell responses to Influenza.”
Alison J Carey, MD, Department of Pediatrics

“To collaborate with Dr. Peter Lelkes in the School of Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University. The proposed research project is to develop an artificial thymus to enhance T cell reconstitution using techniques of tissue and biomedical engineering.”
Daniel Conway, MD, Department of Pediatrics

“To attend the Duke Patient Safety Leadership Course.”
David Cooperberg, MD, Department of Pediatrics

“Visit the laboratory of Dr. Edgar Walters Univ of Texas Health Center.”
Megan Detloff, PhD, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy

“To participate at the Facilitator Training Program (FIT) developed by the American Academy of Communication in Healthcare (AACH). The training program will enhance her physician-patient communication and to contribute to DUCOM’s PIL curriculum in teaching and evaluating clinical reasoning.”
Pamela Duke, MD, Department of Medicine

“Attend the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to participate in a course on Advanced Techniques in Molecular Neuroscience.”
Wen-Jun Gao, PhD, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy

“Attendance at a 3 week workshop at the Maine Media Workshop, Rockport, Maine – to pursue 3 specific courses related to her continued professional development. Additionally, these courses will assist her in her 5 year plan to complete a PhD program that will enable her to pursue licensure as a psychotherapist in the State of PA.”
Florence Gelo, DMin, NCPsyA, Department of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine

“To attend the Medical Students Education Development Institute.”
Jennifer Hamilton, MD, PhD, Department of Family, Community & Preventive Medicine

“To attend the course on the Biology of Parasitism at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole.”
Sandhya Kortagere, PhD, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

“Training in the manipulation of Clostridium difficile in the laboratory of Dr. Abraham Sonenshein, PhD at Tufts School of Medicine.”
Michele Kutzler, PhD, Department of Medicine

“Investigate the role of microRNA-155 in the reduced susceptibility to HIV-1 infection.”
Julio Martin-Garcia, PhD, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

“To receive training in the laboratory of Dr. Senthil Muthuswamy, Ontario Cancer Institute for research project: Genetic Manipulation of Mammary Epithelium In Vivo by Tissue Reconstitution.”
Mauricio Reginato, PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

“To attend the Harvard Medical School Program in Palliative Care Education and Practice.”
B. Brent Simmons, MD, Department of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine

“To learn how to assess for autonomic dysreflexia in animal models after spinal cord injury in the laboratory of Dr. Andrei Krassioukov at the University of British Columbia.”
Veronica Tom, PhD, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy

If you have general questions regarding the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Faculty at

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