Table 1

The Original Mission and Goals of CERA

The mission of CERA is:
 To guide the specialty by providing leadership and vision in the arena of medical education research
 To set a standard within family medicine for medical education research that is rigorous and generalizable
 To facilitate collaboration between medical education researchers
 To provide mentoring and education to junior researchers
The goals of CERA are:
 Increase research and scholarly activity among members of CAFM organizations by providing infrastructure and consultation
 Improve the process for surveying constituents with better questions and fewer surveys
 Facilitate scholarship by creating a clearinghouse of data that CAFM members and family medicine residents can access
  • CAFM = Council of Academic Family Medicine; CERA = Council of Academic Family Medicine Educational Research Alliance