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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Educational Research

Educational Research

Medical educational research focuses on advancing knowledge and professionalism in future physicians through the systematic investigation and assessment of medical education practices. Educational practices include, but are not limited to, pedagogical modalities, student policies, people who serve as teachers and mentors, instructional technology and other resources, the attitudes that pervade a given institution or educational experience, and even the students themselves. Ultimately, research in medical education is conducted to:

  • Investigate the impact of contemporary practices in medical education
  • Design, evaluate and support curricular innovations
  • Examine formative and summative outcomes in student assessment and evaluation
  • Understanding students’ perspectives and insights regarding their educational experience
  • Assess and foster advancements in the medical education culture**

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine embraces innovative approaches to medical education. We seek active learning methods and case studies that align with our mission of serving rural and underserved areas of Washington State. We regularly use data and evidence for quality improvement, including data from our students, faculty, and external stakeholders about what works.

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**Derived from “Research in Medical Education, A Primer for Medical Student.” AAMC OSR Medical Education Committee, April 2015