About MedStar Medical Education Research
MedStar Health excels as a national leader in examining best ways to educate the next generation of physicians through its medical education programs. As a microcosm of U.S. health care, MedStar is able to leverage its size, diversity, and location to introduce young clinicians to research methodology, so that they can apply it to their medical education and clinical practice.
MedStar Health Research Institute partners with the system's Academic Affairs division to sponsor the nationally award-winning MedStar Health Teaching Scholars program, which employs a research methodology to medical education, and equips young physicians to be more effective in their careers and to consider research as a career path. Now entering its 4th year, this program was honored as the recipient of the 2011 "Alliance Innovation Award" from the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC) for its creative and innovative approaches to medical education and research, which result in better patient outcomes.
MHRI and the Academic Affairs division also offer a Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) educational program, in conjunction with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) which is focused on the scholarship of medical education. In addition to didactic courses, this program enables participants to engage in a longitudinal scholarly project. MERC participants are placed in small workgroups to collaborate together and with mentors, to enhance learning between didactic sessions.
These programs are examples of the ways in which MedStar Health combines academics with the "real world" to teach evidence-based medicine and integrated evidence-based learning, so that future physicians will become life-long learners.