Second-Year Resident Harika Rayala, MD, Awarded American Academy of Neurology Education Research Grant

September 27, 2023 by

Harika Ralaya

Harika Ralaya, MD

Harika Rayala, MD, a second-year resident in the UVA Department of Neurology, was awarded a $10,000 Education Research Grant from the American Academy of Neurology to analyze bias in neurology clerkship evaluations. Dr. Rayala, with a team of collaborators at the University of Virginia, University of Michigan, and Boston University, will use manual and computational text analysis to identify the frequencies of words and traits attributed to medical students in their neurology clerkship written evaluations and analyze how these frequencies differ based on the race, gender, and ethnicity of the student and the evaluator. With this study, Dr. Rayala and colleagues hope to identify opportunities for improvement in the quality of narrative feedback for students across clerkships and inform novel faculty development initiatives targeting implicit bias.

The American Academy of Neurology awards three Education Research Grants annually to study the effectiveness of neurological education programs.

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