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The Shapiro Institute Medical Education Scholarship Program 

Our Medical Education Scholarship Program is medical education a major focus of your career? Do you anticipate getting promoted at HMS on the Teaching and Educational Leadership pathway? Do you want to produce high quality scholarship in medical education, but don’t yet have the research skills? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” the Shapiro Institute Education Research group a tuition free two-year Medical Education Scholarship Program to support your professional development as a medical educator and education researcher.

What Will I Learn?

  • Conduct effect search strategies to inform your study

  • Critically appraise the medical education literature

  • Identify suitable qualitative and quantitative methods for

  • addressing medical education research questions

  • Carry out and report Delphi (consensus) studies

  • Design, analyze, and report mixed methods research (e.g.,

  • combine survey and focus group methods)

  • Select theoretical models appropriate for your research

  • Write effective abstracts and manuscripts

  • Write a scholarly paper on medical education

Program Content and Schedule

This course will provide participants with foundational knowledge and skills for applying social science research methods to educational issues in medicine and health care. Through lectures, discussion, practice and projects, you will gain familiarity with a range of social and behavioral approaches to studying medical education and evaluating educational and behavioral interventions, with an emphasis on interview, focus group, observation, and survey research methods.

Selected Seminar Series


  • Mastering the basics: Searching & appraising the literature; institutional approval and participant consent

  • When, why, and how to use consensus methods

  • Incorporating theory into your research

  • Mixed methods: How to combine qualitative and quantitative methods into your study

  • Curriculum Development & Evaluation

  • Presenting and communicating your work

  • Research design

  • Survey design

  • Intro to statistics

  • Evidence-based teaching

  • Qualitative research

  • Grant Writing

Who Should Apply

BIDMC faculty, fellows, and residents are eligible.

Time Commitment

Sessions are held via Zoom on the first and third Thursday of each month, from 5:45-7:15 pm, beginning mid-September. Participants will be expected to devote approximately 2 hours per week to the program, including the 90-minute class on alternate weeks.

Can I participate in only part of the program?

Applicants can apply either to the full program or sign up for individual modules.


If you are interested in the Medical Education Scholarship Program or have any questions, please send your inquiries to



Amy Sullivan, EdD

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