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Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) Program Session at FDS

The AAMC’s Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program is intended to provide the knowledge necessary to understand the purposes and processes of medical education research, to become informed consumers of the medical education research literature, and to be effective collaborators in medical education research. The program is open to all who are interested in improving their educational research skills and is targeted for those with a background in medical education but relatively less experience in conducting educational research.

APGO will host two MERC sessions in conjunction with the Faculty Development Seminar in January, which will count toward earning a MERC Certificate. Six workshops of the participant’s choosing, which can be taken in an order, must be completed to qualify for the certificate. In order to receive a MERC Certificate, you must first complete six (6) workshops. Upon completion you then have to register for the MERC Certificate Program and pay an additional fee of $100.

Searching and Evaluating the Medical Education Literature
Facilitator: Larry Gruppen, PhD
Monday, January 13, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This workshop is intended for individuals, medical educators, and clinician educators who want to learn how to effectively search the published medical education literature and to evaluate the value of those searches. After participating in this workshop, learners will be able to:

  • Formulate an effective approach to searching the medical education literature
  • Conduct a search using relevant MeSH headings
  • Communicate effectively with a research librarian
  • Evaluate the search results using specific review criteria

Scholarly Writing: Publishing Medical Education Research
Facilitator: Larry Gruppen, PhD
Tuesday, January 14, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In this session, the skills of scholarly writing will be explored through the lens of analyzing a manuscript that was accepted for publication. The participants will examine review criteria that are used by health care education journals and apply them to a sample manuscript. In discussing scholarly writing the participants will make a decision about the type of feedback they would give to the authors of the sample paper. At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the components of a scholarly publication
  • Discuss how to frame a problem statement
  • Identify an effective Research Question
  • Discuss whether the Design/method is appropriate to the question
  • Discuss whether the authors have applied the best data collection methods to the appropriate sample
  • Understand the Results section and how to present results in a clear manner

*Participants will need to bring a laptop for this session.

MERC Session Registration Rates

Before December 1

After December 1

(if space available)

APGO Member  $75  $125  $125
Non-Member  $175  $200  $225

*Each session is capped at 25 participants.