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Advanced Scholars Program for Internists in Research and Education

ASPIRE is an eighteen-month program designed for junior to mid-level faculty interested in pursuing an area of scholarship, developing research skills and disseminating their findings or final product. Information about the next phase of ASPIRE is coming soon. For the past four cohorts, ASPIRE has included: 



Each ASPIRE Scholar is paired with a nationally recognized faculty research mentor with 0.10 FTE dedicated time for guiding the scholar over the course of the program.



In addition to mentoring, 0.20 FTE is provided for 12 months and 0.10 FTE for 6 months for the scholar to develop, implement, and write up a project in their area of interest.


  Ancillary Support

Biostatistics and research assistant support are also provided.



Biweekly half-day education sessions are held featuring external and internal content experts, as well as opportunities to give and receive peer feedback on project ideas and progress.   Time is also reserved for community-building and professional development.


“As a busy clinician educator, I have always had the interest but not

the time or skills to actually realize scholarship goals that are so

critical for a successful career in academic medicine…
been everything I had hoped it would be.”

— ASPIRE Scholar


4890-Frankel, Richard

Richard M. Frankel, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Director, ASPIRE Program

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Ann Cottingham, MAR, MA

Director, Research in Health Professions Practice and Education

Co-Director, ASPIRE Program

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5089-Sachs, Greg

Greg Sachs, MD

Department of Medicine Professor of Health Services Research

Founder, ASPIRE Program

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ASPIRE Program Support

ASPIRE Research Manager
Sarah Roth

Sarah Roth, MHA, MPH, PMP, CCRP

Sarah Roth has been coordinating research activities at the Regenstrief Institute Center for Health Services Research since 2018. Her research interests and activities include process improvement, interdisciplinary care coordination, senior health, collaborative partnerships and community education. Research support skills include project design, IRB submission, data management, reporting, evaluation, qualitative analysis, and manuscript writing. She loves creative problem solving and designing or improving REDCap databases. Sarah is also proud to volunteer as a Dementia Champion for Dementia Friends Indiana and a Community Educator for the Alzheimer’s Association.