Research in medical education is a priority for the College of Medicine. To ensure that students, as well as future residents, successfully acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors of world-class physicians, the college follows students’ progress through the curriculum. From this data, information regarding best teaching and learning methods, methods of assessment, areas of curricular strengths, and areas needing improvement will be identified. The impact of curricular changes as the College of Medicine matures, as well as the introduction of novel teaching and assessment methods, can be monitored and analyzed for effectiveness in meeting the objectives for students and the program as a whole. In addition, ongoing research in medical education provides faculty opportunities for professional development and collaboration with other academic institutions.
Key research areas include:
- Health Games Research: A proposal was submitted to examine the utility of using game-based technologies to develop an effective, motivating practice environment for the acquisition and maintenance of relapse prevention skills for individuals with alcohol use disorders. This collaborative project involves faculty from the Department of Medical Education, Institute for Simulation and Training, a