Presented at the Association of American Medical College’s 2009 Annual Meeting, Nov 10th, 2009, Boston, MA.
The MERC at CORD Scholars Program in Medical Education Research: A Novel Faculty Development Opportunity for Emergency Physicians
Article first published online: 8 DEC 2009
© 2009 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Academic Emergency Medicine
Special Issue: CORD Educational Advances Supplement
Volume 16, Issue Supplement s2, pages S37–S41, December 2009
How to Cite
Love, J. N., Coates, W. C., Santen, S. A., Hobgood, C. D., Mavis, B. E. and Farrell, S. E. (2009), The MERC at CORD Scholars Program in Medical Education Research: A Novel Faculty Development Opportunity for Emergency Physicians. Academic Emergency Medicine, 16: S37–S41. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2009.00591.x
CoI: The author reports that there are no conflicts of financial interest.
- Issue published online: 8 DEC 2009
- Article first published online: 8 DEC 2009
- Received June 21, 2009; revision received July 19, 2009; accepted July 31, 2009.
- faculty development;
- medical education;
- medical education research;
- continuing medical education;
- emergency medicine
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.