Medical Education Research

LOCATION: West Virginia University Health Sciences Center, Morgantown, West Virginia
PRECEPTORS: Scott Cottrell, EdD
DURATION: 2 week minimum
OFFERED: By arrangement with the faculty member and approval of Committee on Academic Standards.
STATUS: Elective


This elective is designed to provide advanced education in the areas of assessment and medical education research. Students will acquire knowledge and skills central to framing medical education as an opportunity for research studies, which are governed by best practices. The overall purpose of this elective is to develop skills needed to become an informed consumer of the medical education research and evaluation literature.

Methods to Achieve Objectives

Students will be required to read exemplar papers that describe the components of educational research and how to interpret research findings. Students will be required to complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), an online subscription service that provides research ethics education. Students will be required to identify an educational research article and write a critical review. The review will be guided by Glassick's criteria of quality educational research. Finally, students will submit a medical education research proposal. The purpose of the research proposal is to practice the skills of identifying a potential research problem, exploring pertinent litearture, crafting measurable research questions, and identifying an appropriate methodology. Students ARE NOT required to collect data and submit the proposal as a scholarly project.

Examination Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

Students will submit materials (i.e., article critique and research proposal) to the preceptor(s) for review. The preceptor(s) will confirm that the student completed the CITI training and discuss the main points of the assigned readings.

Pre-Rotation Instructions

Contact Dr. Cottrell two weeks prior to rotation start date.