Faculty Development Series: Getting Started with Medical Education Research


Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC) 333

This workshop is offered by The Office of Educational Quality Improvement & The Office of Educational Scholarship and Innovation

RSVP (Please note this event is capped to the first 25 registrants) 

Amy Sullivan EdD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associate Director for Research, The Academy at Harvard Medical School
Director for Research, Shapiro Institute for Education & Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Richard M Schwartzstein, MD

Director of Educational Scholarship, Harvard Medical School
Ellen and Melvin Gordon Professor of Medical Education


Overview: Do you have a research idea but don't know where to start? This hands-on, 90-minute workshop will help you to launch your work with confidence that you have a feasible, interesting, and publishable education research project. The workshop is targeted for faculty who are new or relatively new to research, with a focus on evaluation of course or clerkship innovations. We will address the following questions, each customized to your specific project interests: What are the characteristics of an effective research question? How will this question, or set of questions, guide the design of your research project? Is there a way to create a randomized design, and if not, what is the best comparison group for your study? Do you use quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods of research? What outcomes will best support valid inferences from your results? We are limiting enrollment for this session to 25 participants so that we can maximize opportunities for individualized coaching and feedback.

Participants will be asked to read one journal article and submit a one-paragraph description of their research idea prior to attending the workshop.

Objectives: At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to

  1. Craft a feasible and answerable research question;
  2. Choose an appropriate research design;
  3. Identify a suitable comparison group;
  4. Select meaningful outcomes.
Accreditation Statement
The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.