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: Oct 17, 2014
Publication Date: 2010
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- 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.