Educational Research Consultation Services



AFTER REQUESTING A CONSULTATION, PLEASE ALLOW US ONE (1) WEEK FOR SCHEDULING AND PREPARATION.

ABOUT OUR SERVICES

Services provided to Medical College of Georgia (MCG) faculty and staff. 

Consultations may occur once or on multiple occasions, and in some cases, may result in long-term, productive collaborations.  We assist individuals at all stages of their medical education career development and at all levels of health science educator and educational research experience. To ensure that we have the capacity for the maximum number of requests possible, MCG faculty are limited to five (5) hours per academic year of free consultation across EII consultation services.

If you are unsure about whether your idea fits within the EII consultation framework, please contact us prior to submitting a request form. 

We have three (3) consultation services to support your needs: 1) Educational Research and Scholarship, 2) Educator Consultations, and 3) Educational Statistics.

GETTING STARTED

The EII currently does not charge for the first five (5) hours* of consultation services for internal clients at MCG. This includes direct time with clients as well as time to research and respond in writing to your needs. We ask that you review and follow our Attribution and Authorship Guidelines as appropriate in relation to our consultant contributions.

*Please note there is a surcharge for any services requested with less than one (1) week of lead time such that the fee for the “free services” will be 50% of our hourly rate or $45 per hour for the first five (5) hours.

For individuals whose needs go above the five (5) hours of free consultation per year, we have two (2) primary options (and a blended combination thereof).

Option 1: Pay by the Hour

  • Internal Investigators: Our fee for MCG investigators is $90 per hour or a package of ten (10) hours for $800. Please note there is a 50% surcharge for any services requested with less than one (1) week of lead time, and the availability of consultants is not guaranteed.
  • External Investigators: Our fee for non-MCG investigators is $135 per hour or a package of ten (10) hours for $1250. Please contact the EII by phone to inquire about availability of external consultation services.

Option 2: Percent Effort

  • If you are making a grant submission and plan to have a consultant work with you in a co-investigator role, we ask that you assign an appropriate percent effort for this person within your grant budget. The percent effort should be agreed upon and approved by the EII director prior to submission.  If the consultant’s assistance is only required on an intermittent basis, we offer hourly consultation rates as noted above.
  • Please Note: If you are interested in the EII serving as independent educational evaluators of your project (as required/desirable by many granting agencies), we have a different fee structure depending on the level and type of evaluation services needed. Please contact our consultation service to discuss if this avenue might be appropriate for your project.

Option 3: Blend of Hourly/Percent Effort

  • For grant preparation, faculty are still able to access the five (5) hours of free consultation. However, should extensive assistance with grant preparation be required prior to submission, we ask that you pay for these pre-submission services within our hourly consultation model. Once awarded the grant, we are able to perform additional services in either an hourly or percent effort model as appropriate to needs of the grant.

TYPE OF CONSULTATIONS OFFERED:

  1. Educational Research/Scholarship Consultations: Consultations related to the development and refinement of health sciences education research questions and study design, IRB preparation, study implementation, and research and scholarship product development.
  2. Educator Consultations:  Consultations related to the development or modification of health sciences curriculum, implementation of new/innovative teaching or assessment methods, or development of new educator skills.
  3. Educational Statistics Consultations:  Consultations related to planning an educational data analysis strategy or assistance with analyzing data that has already been collected.

Please Note:  For grants or projects with absolute deadlines, the EII should be contacted as soon as you know that you may want to use our consultation services for your health science education grant application or project. The earlier we are notified, the more able we are to develop a collaborative timeline for completion.  For grants and projects in need of review, editing, and statistical planning, we should be contacted at least four (4) weeks prior about the project and specific needs.  For grants and projects with significant development, design, and writing needs, we need a minimum of six (6) weeks’ notice and preferably longer. We operate on a “first come, first serve” basis and are limited in the number of major projects we can accept that have deadlines in close proximity.

 Consultation Request Form