Overview of Medical Education Research

Part of the Success in Academic Surgery book series (SIAS)


This chapter briefly reviews the history and current directions of medical education research. Current research trends are discussed in the domains of instruction, assessment, and curriculum development. Major threats to high-quality/high-impact surgical education research are reviewed along with possible solutions.


Expense Glean 


  1. 1.
    Hitchcock MA. Introducing professional educators into academic medicine: stories of exemplars. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2002;7(3):211–21.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Norman G. Fifty years of medical education research: waves of migration. Med Educ. 2011;45(8):785–91.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Tekian A, Harris I. Preparing health professions education leaders worldwide: a description of masters-level programs. Med Teach. 2012;34(1):52–8.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Glick TH. How best to evaluate clinician-educators and teachers for promotion? Acad Med. 2002;77(5):392–7.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Cook DA, Beckman TJ, Bordage G. Quality of reporting of experimental studies in medical education: a systematic review. Med Educ. 2007;41(8):737–45.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag London 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryThe Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

Personalised recommendations