The purpose of this guide is to help people who are new to medical education research find information that will help them get started on a project, learn about various research methodologies, and conduct an effective search of the education literature.
Last Updated: Sep 17, 2014
Publication Date: 2010
The new "Carnegie Report," describes shifts that are recommended in U.S. medical education. Applies adult learning theory to the medical education landscape. LIBRARY HAS PRINT AVAILABLE
Beckman TJ, Cook DA. Developing scholarly projects in education: A primer for medical teachers. Medical Teacher 2007 Mar;29(2-3):210-8.
Outlines how to formulate a question, select a study design, and choose outcomes of interest.
Crites GE, Gaines JK, Cottrell S, Kalishman S, Gusic M, Mavis B, Durning SJ. Medical education scholarship: an introductory guide: AMEE Guide No. 89. Medical Teacher 2014 Aug; 36(8):657-74.
Overview of the entire education research process, from formulating research questions to assessing the impact of your research.
Glassick CE. Boyer's expanded definitions of scholarship, the standards for assessing scholarship, and the elusiveness of the scholarship of teaching. Academic Medicine 2000 Sep;75(9):877-80.
Describes six standards of excellence for education scholarship, and how it differs from other forms of academic scholarship.
Markert RJ. Getting started on your research: practical advice for medical educators.Teaching and Learning in Medicine 2010 Oct;22(4):317-8.
Eight tips for faculty seeking to acquire or improve their medical education research skills.
Cook DA, Bordage G, and Schmidt HG. Description, justification and clarification: a framework for classifying the purposes of research in medical education. Medical Teacher 2008 Feb;42(2):128-33
Describes different types of research in medical education and encourages clarification studies which ask "why or how did it work," requiring qualitative research methods.
Cook DA. Getting started in medical education scholarship. The Keio journal of medicine 2010;59(3):96-103.
Tips for asking good questions; outlines threats to study validity.
Morrison, J. Developing research questions in medical education: the science and the art. Medical Education 2002; 36(7):596-597.
Presents criteria for publication-worthy research questions.
Prideaux, D and Bligh J. Research in medical education: asking the right questions. Medical Education 2002; 36(12):1114-1115.
Argues that medical education research should be grounded in a theoretical framework and that authors should be explicit about the educational philosophies underpinning the research.
Ringsted C, Hodges B, Scherpbier A. "The research compass: an introduction to research in medical education: AMEE Guide no. 56." Medical Teacher 2011; 33(9): 695-709.
Basic primer on research. Describes general categories of medical education research: explorative, experimental, observational, and translational.