Medical Education Research

Our faculty are known for outstanding teaching, and they have won many awards from the Department of Medicine, the medical school, and national professional societies.  But they are also conducting research to find out how we can do a better job teaching the next generation of physicians.  For example, Dr. Diane Wayne, Vice Dean for Education, has led groundbreaking studies on the use of mastery learning principles to improve learning and retention of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and central line placement.  Her research has even linked these innovative training programs to better performance in real-world settings and better outcomes for patients.  Dr. Daniel Evans has been leading a novel program call the Education-Centered Medical Home.  The mission of the Education-Centered Medical Home is to provide students with early and comprehensive educational exposure to team-based medicine in an authentic outpatient environment, empowering students to take charge of patients longitudinally over their medical school career. Students work with the same preceptor and peers over the four years to help care for patients and measure their progress. Students learn first-hand about medical outcomes, patient safety and quality improvement, including how to design, implement and evaluate improvement plans. The model, which helps students build a professional identity as early as the first year of medical school, offers 360-degree assessment opportunities, with feedback from patients, peers and preceptors.  Other faculty members are studying how we can improve teaching the physical exam and how to use electronic medical record.