Dr. Torre received his medical degree from the University of Rome and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Afterwards he completed a three-year General Internal Medicine research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University, where he received a Masters degree in Public Health. He completed a Doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education with emphasis in Health Profession Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His dissertation was on the cognitive processes of medical students in clinical reasoning using a newly-developed concept mapping exercise.
He has had several leadership roles such as Internal Medicine Clerkship Director, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, Residency Program Director in Internal Medicine, and Vice-Chair for Education. He served as Associate Director of Evaluation and Long-term Outcomes for the master and doctoral programs in Health Profession Education at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda , Maryland.
His research interests include the use of concept maps in medical education, teaching and assessment of clinical reasoning, programmatic assessment , and the study of theoretical foundations of learning applied to educational methods. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, more than 20 book chapters, and he has been co-investigator on a number of educational grants. He has also won several local and national teaching awards.
Dr. Torre served on various national and international committees, including the AMEE Research Committee, the CDIM national council, and served as Chair of the Research Committee for Clerkship Directors in Internal medicine (CDIM). He has been Editor-in-Chief on the 5th edition of the textbook Clinical Medicine for Students. He currently serves on the editorial board of Medical Teacher, and is an Associate Editor for Teaching and Learning in Medicine and Diagnosis.
Dr. Torre joined the UCF College of Medicine at the end of 2020 as a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medical Education. He will be teaching various courses throughout the curriculum, and will serve as Co-Chair of the Assessment and Evaluation Committee in the College of Medicine. His clinical efforts will be dedicated at the VA throughout the year.
- Torre DM, Daley BJ, Sebastian JL, Elnicki DM. Overview of current learning theories for medical educators. Am J Med. 2006;119(10):903-7.
- Daley BJ, Torre DM. Concept maps in medical education: an analytical literature review. Med Educ. 2010; 44(5):440-8.
- Torre, DM, Van Der Vleuten,C, Dolmans,D. Theoretical perspectives and applications of group learning in PBL. Medical teacher . 2015; 15: 1-7
- Torre, DM, Daley, BL, Picho,K., Durning SJ. Group concept mapping: an approach to explore group knowledge organization and collaborative learning in senior medical students. Medical Teacher. 2017. 38(2); 1-6
- Surry, LT., Torre, DM and Durning, SJ. Exploring examinee behaviors as validity evidence for multiple-choice question examinations. Med Educ. 2017; 51(10): 1075-85
- Maggio LA, Daley BJ, Pratt DD, Torre DM. Honoring thyself in the transition to online teaching. Academic Medicine. 2018 Aug 1;93(8):1129-34.
- Torre DM, Hernandez CA, Castiglioni A, Durning SJ, Daley BJ, Hemmer PA, LaRochelle J. The Clinical Reasoning Mapping Exercise (CResME): a new tool for exploring clinical reasoning. Perspectives on medical education. 2019 Feb 1;8(1):47-51.
- Dumas, D, McNeisch, Schreiber-Gregory,D, Durning, S, Torre D. Dynamic Measurement in Health Profession Education: rationale, application and Possibilities. Academic Medicine, 2019
- Torre DM, Schuwirth LW, Van der Vleuten CP. Theoretical considerations on programmatic assessment. Medical Teacher. 2020 Feb 1;42(2):213-20.
- Torre DM, Durning SJ, Rencic J, Lang V, Holmboe E, Daniel M. Widening the lens on teaching and assessing clinical reasoning: from “in the head” to “out in the world”. Diagnosis. 2020 Aug 27;7(3):181-90.
- Bala L, van der Vleuten C, Freeman A, Torre D, Heeneman S, Sam AH. COVID‐19 and programmatic assessment. The Clinical Teacher. 2020.
- Torre DM, Dong T, Schreiber-Gregory D, Durning SJ, Pangaro L, Pock A, Hemmer PA. Exploring the Predictors of Post-Clerkship USMLE Step 1 Scores. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 2020 Feb 18:1-7.
Selected Book Chapters:
- Torre, DM, & B. Daley. Oxford Book of Medical Education: Using concept maps in medical education; 2014
- Rochelle,J, Artino, A, Torre, DM. Teaching clinical Reasoning . New directions for assessment of clinical reasoning in Teaching Clinical Reasoning. 2015. ACP book
- Torre, DM. Durning, S, Social Cognitive theory: teaching and learning in social settings. In Researching Medical Education, 1st edition , 2015, Wiley Blackwell.
- Torre DM, Durning SJ. Small group teaching. In Practical Guide for Medical Teachers 5e, Dent, J & Harden, R. Elsevier Sciences. 2020.
- Torre DM, Durning, SJ. Making the transition: clinical practitioner to health professional educator. Chapter in New Directions in Continuing Medical Education. Wiley. 2018