The MERC at CORD Scholars Program in Medical Education Research: A Novel Faculty Development Opportunity for Emergency Physicians

Authors

  • Jeffrey N. Love MD,

    1. From the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center, (JNL) Washington, DC; David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, (WCC) Torrance, CA; Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory School of Medicine (SAS) Atlanta, GA; Department of Emergency Medicine, University of North Carolina, (CDH) Chapel Hill, NC; Office of Medical Education Research and Development, Michigan State University, (BEM) East Lansing, MI; Partners Healthcare, Office of Graduate Medical Education, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, (SEF) Boston, MA.
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  • Wendy C. Coates MD,

    1. From the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center, (JNL) Washington, DC; David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, (WCC) Torrance, CA; Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory School of Medicine (SAS) Atlanta, GA; Department of Emergency Medicine, University of North Carolina, (CDH) Chapel Hill, NC; Office of Medical Education Research and Development, Michigan State University, (BEM) East Lansing, MI; Partners Healthcare, Office of Graduate Medical Education, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, (SEF) Boston, MA.
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  • Sally A. Santen MD,

    1. From the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center, (JNL) Washington, DC; David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, (WCC) Torrance, CA; Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory School of Medicine (SAS) Atlanta, GA; Department of Emergency Medicine, University of North Carolina, (CDH) Chapel Hill, NC; Office of Medical Education Research and Development, Michigan State University, (BEM) East Lansing, MI; Partners Healthcare, Office of Graduate Medical Education, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, (SEF) Boston, MA.
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  • Cherri D. Hobgood MD,

    1. From the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center, (JNL) Washington, DC; David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, (WCC) Torrance, CA; Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory School of Medicine (SAS) Atlanta, GA; Department of Emergency Medicine, University of North Carolina, (CDH) Chapel Hill, NC; Office of Medical Education Research and Development, Michigan State University, (BEM) East Lansing, MI; Partners Healthcare, Office of Graduate Medical Education, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, (SEF) Boston, MA.
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  • Brian E. Mavis PhD,

    1. From the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center, (JNL) Washington, DC; David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, (WCC) Torrance, CA; Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory School of Medicine (SAS) Atlanta, GA; Department of Emergency Medicine, University of North Carolina, (CDH) Chapel Hill, NC; Office of Medical Education Research and Development, Michigan State University, (BEM) East Lansing, MI; Partners Healthcare, Office of Graduate Medical Education, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, (SEF) Boston, MA.
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  • Susan E. Farrell MD, EdM

    1. From the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center, (JNL) Washington, DC; David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, (WCC) Torrance, CA; Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory School of Medicine (SAS) Atlanta, GA; Department of Emergency Medicine, University of North Carolina, (CDH) Chapel Hill, NC; Office of Medical Education Research and Development, Michigan State University, (BEM) East Lansing, MI; Partners Healthcare, Office of Graduate Medical Education, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, (SEF) Boston, MA.
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  • Presented at the Association of American Medical College’s 2009 Annual Meeting, Nov 10th, 2009, Boston, MA.

  • CoI: The author reports that there are no conflicts of financial interest.

Address for correspondence and reprints: Jeffrey N. Love, MD; e-mail: Jeffrey.n.love@medstar.net.

Abstract

Medical educators are increasingly charged with the development of outcomes-based “best practices” in medical student and resident education and patient care. To fulfill this mission, a cadre of well-trained, experienced medical education researchers is required. The experienced medical educator is in a prime position to fill this need but often lacks the training needed to successfully contribute to such a goal. Towards this end, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Educational Affairs developed a series of content-based workshops that have resulted in Medical Education Research Certification (MERC), promoting skills development and a better understanding of research by educators. Subsequently, the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) partnered with the AAMC to take MERC a step further, in the MERC at CORD Scholars Program (MCSP). This venture integrates a novel, mentored, specialty-specific research project with the traditional MERC workshops. Collaborative groups, based on a common area of interest, each develop a multi-institutional project by exploring and applying the concepts learned through the MERC workshops. Participants in the inaugural MCSP have completed three MERC workshops and initiated a project. Upon program completion, each will have completed MERC certification (six workshops) and gained experience as a contributing author on a mentored education research project. Not only does this program serve as a multi-dimensional faculty development opportunity, it is also intended to act as a catalyst in developing a network of education scholars and infrastructure for educational research within the specialty of emergency medicine.

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