Department of Medical Education

Medical Education Development & Scholarship

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

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Mission of MEDS

We seek to enhance the quality and effectiveness of medical education at Boonshoft SOM by providing faculty and students with resources and opportunities to become:

  • Excellent Teachers
  • Excellent Educational Leaders
  • Scholars of Teaching and Learning

The School of Medicine has more than 400 medical students and graduate students and nearly 400 residents and fellows.  Faculty, both partially and fully affiliated, students, residents and fellows are welcome to attend and participate in the development offerings to learn more.

In addition to our offerings, there are many courses, programs, workshops offered by medical education and professional organizations. Many of these provide excellent background and training in curriculum design, goals and objectives, assessment & evaluation, pedagogies, giving feedback. (See links)

Opportunities for Teaching Medical Students

Boonshoft SOM medical students are engaged in the WrightCurriculum which began in the summer of 2017. Teaching opportunities abound in the clinical years (Doctoring & Advanced Doctoring) as preceptors/supervisors in clinical care settings, electives, and clinical didactic sessions within core clerkships and weekly whole-class interactive sessions.

The Foundations phase needs faculty to facilitate small groups (5-6 students) as part of the WrightQ series (our version of problem-based learning) and to design and deliver Peer Instruction (PI) and Team-Based Learning (TBL) sessions. The WrightQ series occurs in both the Fall and Spring semesters and faculty need to commit to facilitating a group for the entire semester (8-9 sessions). Preparation to become a facilitator includes observing one or two sessions with an experienced facilitator followed by a period of coaching as a facilitator.

For PI and TBL, one must attend one or more workshops that are offered each year, observe several sessions and debriefings with lead faculty, and participate in a series of peer-reviews of session design and question development with experienced faculty. Both of these strategies require considerable faculty development including mentorship and coaching. At least one-time each year, we offer a workshop in multiple-choice question (MCQ) writing, at which we encourage all faculty to attend at least once.

Opportunities for Teaching and Beyond

We encourage faculty to explore additional learning experiences in teaching and leadership in medical education. Many of our faculty have completed leadership programs such as: the Harvard-Macy program, AAMC's Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program, Team-Based Learning Collaborative Consultant-Trainer Program, AMEE’s Fundamentals in Leadership and Management in Education course, and the WSU Instructional Design for Digital Learning program (both certificate and masters). Listed are some links to organizations that regularly provide continuing education and training, certificates, and degrees for developing an  expertise in teaching, and becoming a leader in medical education.

Our faculty have published a great deal in the medical education domain, and publication in this domain can be a significant component of faculty member’s portfolio for promotion/tenure.  In addition to the leadership opportunities noted above, which also support the development of the scholarship of teaching and learning, the MEDs offers educational development events, medical education literature review, and Publish and Flourish, a small group collaborative-learning project devoted to peer-reviewed writing, project design and completion.

Scholarship and Research

We seek and encourage faculty (& students) who embrace their teaching with a scholarly approach, always asking themselves:

     "Is this the most effective way for my students to learn?"

     "What can I do to improve their learning?"

     "Is there evidence to support my teaching approach?"

     "How do I set meaningful learning objectives and assess        them?"

     "This has really worked, can I get it published?"

Our unit sponsors education development days and regular/ongoing medical education literature review meetings (Journal Club), mentoring and coaching for classroom teaching and scholarship development.  Once per year we will offer Publish and Flourish, a small group collaborative-learning project devoted to peer-reviewed writing and moving a project from start to finish.

Many Boonshoft SOM faculty have published in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning domain over the past decade. Here is a sample of publications of current and recent faculty members.  Also, here is a listing of current projects that are underway, supported through this unit.

Funding opportunities for research and scholarship in medical education are very limited, but here are some links to entities that regularly provide financial support/awards in this field.

Peer Instruction

A learner-centered strategy

Team-Based Learning

Sequential learning strategy


The “Q” in WrightQ is all about learning how to ask the right questions

Scholarship Resources

Find peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials. Share advice and expertise about education with expert colleagues. Be recognized for your contributions to quality education.



Last edited on 07/17/2019.