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Event Details

Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) Program at ELC


Date:  October 11, 2017

Time: 8am-6pm

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED as we have reached capacity. To be added to the wait list, please email acapt@apta.org.  We will contact you ONLY if a space has become available.

Location: Hyatt Regency Columbus, OH, at the hotel hosting the Education Leadership Conference (ELC)

Purpose: The Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program is intended to provide the knowledge necessary to understand the purposes and processes of medical education research, to become informed consumers of the medical education research literature, and to be effective collaborators in medical education research. Alone, MERC is not intended to produce independent medical education researchers.

The program is open to all who are interested in improving their educational research skills and is targeted for those with a background in medical education but relatively less experience in conducting educational research. The courses are targeted for clinicians and other educators who desire to learn research skills that will enable collaborative participation in medical education research projects.

Curriculum: Each three hour workshop focuses on a key skill or area in educational research, emphasizes opportunities for hands-on activities and active participation, so as to maximize the applicability of the workshop principles.

ACAPT and APTA have partnered together to present two of the workshops on the Wednesday before ELC (the Education Leadership Conference) at the same hotel as the conference.  The two workshops available on October 11, 2017 are:

  1. Measuring Educational Outcomes with Reliability and Validity:  This workshop introduces participants to the principles of score reliability and validity, using a combination of didactics and review of medical education research projects. The workshop is divided into two parts with group exercises designed to reinforce understanding of the main principles. After participating in this workshop, learners will be able to:
    • Identify three types of reliability (inter-rater, test-retest, and internal consistency);
    • Match types of reliability with appropriate statistical measures;
    • Describe the relationship between reliability and validity;
    • Describe multiple forms of evidence for validity;
    • Select an approach to reliability and validity assessment for a particular study.
  2. Program Evaluation and Evaluation Research:  This workshop introduces participants to fundamental principles of educational program evaluation, and provides participants with a strategy for developing an evaluation plan. After participating in this workshop, learners will be able to:
  • Describe program evaluation and its purposes;
  • Identify barriers to program evaluation;
  • Identify models used in evaluation;
  • Describe the steps of an evaluation;
  • Develop an evaluation plan.

Larry Gruppen is Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School, where he directs the competency-based Master in Health Professions Education program. His research interests center around the development of expertise, knowledge and performance assessment, self-regulated learning, and educational leadership development. He has held the offices of president of the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education and chair of the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) Central Group on Educational Affairs. He was also the founding Chair of the AAMC’s Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program. He has over 135 peer-reviewed publications on a variety of topics in medical education and presents regularly at national and international professional meetings. He was recognized for career productivity by the AAMC’s Central Group for Educational Affairs’ Medical Education Laureate Award, the 2015 John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the Merrel Flair Award from the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs.

Kathryn N. Huggett, Ph.D.   (Katie): Dr. Katie Huggett is Director of the Teaching Academy, Assistant Dean for Medical Education, and Robert Larner, M.D. ’42 Professor in Medical Education at the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. As the Director of the Teaching Academy, Dr. Huggett directs faculty development to improve educational quality, oversees course and program evaluation, and promotes faculty scholarship in medical education. Dr. Huggett received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin, and also holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin.  Dr. Huggett has been involved professionally with medical education and has participated in international, national and regional activities since 1992. She is a past President of the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education (SDRME) and the society’s current senior representative to the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) and Program Chair for the 2017 annual conference.  Dr. Huggett also serves as a member of the Academies Collaborative Steering Committee and is past-chair of the steering committee for the Medical Education Research Certificate program for the AAMC.  Her recent publications address academic program quality, curricular innovation, and interprofessional education. She is co-editor of the book, An Introduction to Medical Teaching, now in its second edition.  In addition, she has conducted research and published in the areas of medical school admissions, preparation for Graduate Medical Education, undergraduate honors education, and professional development.  

Registration rates

  • $275.00 for ACAPT members
  • $375.00 for non-ACAPT members

Workshops are limited to 25 registrants each.  We will have 2 rooms, each with both offerings of the workshops above.  Each workshop is 3-hours long.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations received by September 15, 2017 will receive a full refund.  Cancellations received September 16-29, 2017 will be refunded less a $50 fee. No refund will be provided for cancellations received after September 29, 2017.   

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED as we have reached capacity. To be added to the wait list, please email acapt@apta.org.  We will contact you ONLY if a space has become available.

Save the date for two additional MERC workshops AT CSM on February 21, 2018:

  • Searching and Evaluating Literature
  • Questionnaire Design and Survey Research

Those interested in receiving a MERC Certificate must complete six (6) workshops. In order to receive a MERC Certificate you must first complete six (6) workshops. Upon completion you then have to register for the MERC Certificate Program and pay an additional fee of $100.  See all MERC workshop descriptions by clicking here.

Background  The MERC program was recognized by the leadership of the Education Leadership Partnership (ELP) as an essential first step toward making educational research a priority, as identified in the Excellence in Physical Therapist Education Task Force report, the Best Practices in Physical Therapist Clinical Education Task Force report,  and recommended by the APTA Board of Directors.  Additional initiatives are in development to further this priority and we invite you to continue to watch the websites of APTA, ACAPT, and the Education Section for more details.

The Education Leadership Partnership (ELP) is a collaborative of members of APTA, the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy, and the Education Section, committed to the common objective of reducing unwarranted variation in physical therapist practice through use of best practices in education.

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