The Shapiro Institute Medical Education Scholarship Program 

The Shapiro Institute Education Research group offers a two-year Medical Education Scholarship Program to BIDMC residents, fellows, and faculty interested in developing research skills to produce high quality scholarship in medical education. This tuition-free course provides participants with foundational knowledge and skills for applying social science research methods to educational issues in medicine and health care. Through online learning activities, lectures, and discussions, participants gain familiarity with a range of social and behavioral approaches to studying medical education and evaluating interventions using quantitative and qualitative methods. Designed to meet the needs of busy trainees and clinicians, the program runs from September to early June, with an ‘A-series’ for one year and ‘B-series’ in the following year. Participants can choose to take the full yearlong program or sign up for specific modules and receive certificates for completed modules. Our 2022-2023 announcement and program syllabus can be found HERE.


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Program syllabus at a glance

“B” Series 2022-2023


      Module B1: Mastering the basics: Searching & appraising the literature; institutional approval and participant consent

  • (9/15/22) Connecting with the literature: What has already been done?

  • (10/6/22) Journal club: How do I know the results are valid?

  • (10/20/22) Protecting our research participants: What approvals do I need for my study? How do I ensure human subjects protection?


      Module B2: When, why, and how to use consensus methods

  • (11/3/22) Delphi Process: conducting consensus research

  • (12/1/22) Case study: Design, data collection, and analysis of data for a Delphi study



      Module B3: Incorporating theory into your research

  • (12/15/22) Getting started with understanding theories: What are they and why are they important?

  • (1/5/23) Incorporating some theoretical models into your study design and manuscript: some hands-on practic

    Module B4: Mixed methods: How to combine qualitative and quantitative methods into your study

  • (1/19/23) Overview of mixed methods, review of quantitative (e.g. surveys) and qualitative (e.g. focus groups) approaches

  • (2/2/23) Mixed Methods: concurrent & sequential designs; analyzing mixed methods data

  • (2/16/23) Observation research

    Module B5: Curriculum Development & Evaluation

  • (3/2/23) Curriculum development & developing an online curriculum

  • (3/16/23) Curriculum and course evaluation

  • (4/6/23) Optimizing simulation environment for research

    Module B6: Presenting and communicating your work

  • (5/4/23) Manuscript writing & where to publish

  • (5/18/23) IMRaD basics: essentials for Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion sections

  • (6/1/23) Writing an abstract, creating a poster, presenting your work

  • “A” Series 2023-2024

    Module A1: Research design

  • (9/7) Getting started: formulating research questions, deciding on quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods

  • (9/21) Research design & conducting literature reviews

  • (10/5) Study design and threats to validity & choosing your research project
    Module A2: Survey design

  • (10/19) Fundamentals of survey design

  • (11/2) Evidence-based survey practices: survey flow, creating survey items, choosing response types

  • (11/16) Sources of bias in survey research, cognitive interviewing, pilot testing, determining power and sample size, optimizing response rates

  • (12/7) In-class review and feedback for participant designed surveys using RedCAP

  • (12/21) Cognitive interviewing

    Module A3: Intro to statistics

  • (1/18) Statistical Analyses: understanding variable types and conducting analyses through excel

  • (2/1) Statistical Analyses: practice with descriptive stats and basic comparisons

    Module A4: Evidence-based teaching

  • (2/15) Theories of teaching

  • (3/7) Teaching clinical reasoning skills, preparing for peer observation

    Module A5: Qualitative research

  • 13. (3/21) Overview of qualitative approaches

  • 14. (4/4) Interview and focus group practice, writing interview guides, interviewing techniques

  • 15. (4/18) Analyzing qualitative data

  • 16. (5/2) Practice session on qualitative data analysis

  • 17. (5/16) Qualitative validity and trustworthiness & writing up your qualitative research

    Module A6: Grant Writing

  • (6/6) Grant Writing