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					Publishing in Academic Medicine

        Michael Whitcomb, MD
   Senior Vice President for Medical Education
                         &
       Editor in Chief, Academic Medicine
         Academic Medicine
• Publishes papers addressing medical
  education topics and contemporary issues
  affecting the conduct of the education,
  research, and clinical care missions of
  medical schools and teaching hospitals.

• Only 20% of submitted manuscripts are
  ultimately accepted for publication.
    Medical Education Scholarship
             (ala Boyer)

•   Foundational studies
•   Intervention studies
•   Descriptions of innovative interventions
•   Reviews of education topics
•   Commentaries
   Medical Education Research
• How do individuals learn medicine?
     (cognitive psychology)
• How can the learning of medicine be
  enhanced?
     (educational interventions)
• How should the learning of medicine be
  measured?
     (assessment methodologies)
   Medical Education Research
         Step One – The Question
• Be clear about the question you want to
  address
• Be sure the question is important – that is,
  one worth addressing
• Be sure the question can be answered in a
  meaningful way
   Medical Education Research
       Step Two – Project Design

• Select the right study population
• Select the proper research methodology
• Select the right outcome to measure
     Medical Education Research
           Step Three – The Results

•   Determining the results
•   Reporting the results
•   Interpreting the results
•   Presenting the meaning of the results
   Medical Education Research
   Intervention Studies: For What Purpose?
• The purpose of medical education is to
  educate doctors so that they are capable of
  providing high quality medical care.

• Shouldn’t the purpose of intervention
  studies be to demonstrate that a particular
  intervention contributes to that purpose?
     Medical Education Research
Intervention Studies:Which Outcomes Should be Measured?



•   The learners response to the intervention
•   An increase in the learners’ knowledge
•   A change in the learners’ behaviors
•   An improvement in the care provided by the
    learners
   Medical Education Research
  Intervention Studies: The State of Things
• UGME – impossible to show affect on
  clinical outcomes produced by graduates
• GME – no data showing affect on clinical
  outcomes produced by program graduates
• CME – very little data showing any affect
  on clinical outcomes produced by
  practitioners
   Medical Education Research
     Intervention Studies:The Future

• Focus on important questions
• Proper project design
• Selection of developmentally appropriate
  outcome measures
• Multi-institutional studies
    Medical Education Scholarship

•   Foundational studies
•   Intervention studies
•   Descriptions of innovative interventions
•   Reviews of education topics
•   Commentaries

				
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