The MERC at CORD scholars program in medical education research: A novel faculty development opportunity for emergency physicians

Jeffrey N. Love, Wendy C. Coates, Sally A. Santen, Cherri Hobgood, Brian E. Mavis, Susan E. Farrell

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Abstract

Medical educators are increasingly charged with the development of outcomes-based "best practices" in medical student and resident education and patient care. To fulfill this mission, a cadre of well-trained, experienced medical education researchers is required. The experienced medical educator is in a prime position to fill this need but often lacks the training needed to successfully contribute to such a goal. Towards this end, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Educational Affairs developed a series of content-based workshops that have resulted in Medical Education Research Certification (MERC), promoting skills development and a better understanding of research by educators. Subsequently, the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) partnered with the AAMC to take MERC a step further, in the MERC at CORD Scholars Program (MCSP). This venture integrates a novel, mentored, specialty-specific research project with the traditional MERC workshops. Collaborative groups, based on a common area of interest, each develop a multi-institutional project by exploring and applying the concepts learned through the MERC workshops. Participants in the inaugural MCSP have completed three MERC workshops and initiated a project. Upon program completion, each will have completed MERC certification (six workshops) and gained experience as a contributing author on a mentored education research project. Not only does this program serve as a multi-dimensional faculty development opportunity, it is also intended to act as a catalyst in developing a network of education scholars and infrastructure for educational research within the specialty of emergency medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAcademic Emergency Medicine
Volume16
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Continuing medical education
  • Emergency medicine
  • Faculty development
  • Medical education
  • Medical education research

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The MERC at CORD scholars program in medical education research : A novel faculty development opportunity for emergency physicians. / Love, Jeffrey N.; Coates, Wendy C.; Santen, Sally A.; Hobgood, Cherri; Mavis, Brian E.; Farrell, Susan E.

In: Academic Emergency Medicine, Vol. 16, No. SUPPL. 2, 12.2009.

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Love, Jeffrey N. ; Coates, Wendy C. ; Santen, Sally A. ; Hobgood, Cherri ; Mavis, Brian E. ; Farrell, Susan E. / The MERC at CORD scholars program in medical education research : A novel faculty development opportunity for emergency physicians. In: Academic Emergency Medicine. 2009 ; Vol. 16, No. SUPPL. 2.
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