Patient Care Funds give residents a say in how best to provide for our patients.

CIR residents recognize that advocating for patients also means ensuring there is adequate funding to provide cutting-edge medical technology, conduct research, and implement innovations that help save the lives of patients who would otherwise fall through the cracks.

Patient care funds can be used to:

  • Purchase equipment,
  • Purchase educational materials, and
  • Cover patient safety quality improvement projects.

To find out if your hospital has negotiated this benefit, visit your hospital page here.

Some of the projects funded include:

  • Glidescopes, microscopes, simulation equipment (California)
  • Medication safety conferences, research fairs (New York)
  • Skateboard helmets for youth, pharmacy vouchers for indigent patients (New Mexico)
  • Developed program to treat hundreds of refugees from over 70 countries (Massachusetts)


Funding to support residents, patient care, and public health at NYC Health + Hospitals and Elmhurst Hospital

2021-2022 PCTF GRANTS

Community Project 

Fall 2021

Application online: Sept. 8
Application due: CLOSED

Educational Materials

Application online: Sept. 8
Application due: CLOSED


Peds and Peds subspecialty programs only

Application online: Oct. 11
Application due: CLOSED

Community Project 

Winter 2022

Application online: Jan. 1
Application due: Feb. 25

For more information, contact Michael Velarde, PCTF Coordinator: or 917-985-1560


For access to applications for the following hospitals contact the respective organizer for that hospital:

Highland/Alameda County Medical Center
San Francisco General Hospital
Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center
Harbor UCLA
California Hospital
St. Mary Medical Center


If you are NOT a CIR member, a letter of support from a CIR member is required for your application to be reviewed. The letter should briefly explain how the CIR member believes the funding of your request will improve patient care.

Boston Medical Center
Cambridge Health Alliance


This grant is designed to provide funds to projects that will lead to improvement in quality of patient care at Jackson Hospital. Click here to apply.

  • Applicant and Organization Information
  • Project Proposal and Information
  • Cover Letter
  • Letter of Support signed by Program Director and Faculty (Project) Advisor
  • Itemized Budget


For access to applications for the following hospitals contact Jed Tyrpak at

NY Methodist
Brookdale Hospital
Brooklyn Hospital
Flushing Hospital
Jamaica Hospital
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center


At UNM a resident-led committee manages an annual application process to allocate funding throughout the year. Previous projects have included an Accuvein vein finder for the NICU, a C-MAC for intubations in the ED, and therapeutic toys for the child psychiatry clinics.

Click here to apply.


Frequently Asked Questions – Coming soon!