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Medical education research certificate (MERC) hypothesis-driven research virtual workshop


The Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program was created by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) with the goal to:

  • Provide the knowledge necessary to understand the purposes and processes of medical education research.
  • Become informed consumers of the medical education research literature.
  • 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 educators who desire to learn research skills that will enable collaborative participation in medical education research projects.


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

Six workshops of the participant's choosing must be completed to qualify for the certificate. These can be taken in any order.  The Educational Leadership Partnership (ELP) - including ACAPT, APTA & the Academy of Education - will be offering two of the six in June 2021:

1) MERC hypothesis-driven research - Thursday, June 3, 2021

Following completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to discuss:

  • How to translate a research question into a hypothesis, and how to develop the null hypothesis;
  • Steps in hypothesis testing;
  • Type 1 and Type 2 errors;
  • Power, sample size, confidence interval, and statistical significance.

Register for the June 3 workshop here.


2) MERC scholarly writing: Publishing medical education research - Thursday, June 10, 2021

The skills of scholarly writing will be explored through the lens of analyzing a manuscript that was accepted for publication. The participants will examine review criteria that are used by healthcare education journals and apply them to a sample manuscript. In discussing scholarly writing the participants will make a decision about the type of feedback they would give to the authors of the sample paper. At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the components of a scholarly publication;
  • Discuss how to frame a problem statement;
  • Identify an effective research question;
  • Discuss whether the design/method is appropriate to the question;
  • Discuss whether the authors have applied the best data collection methods to the appropriate sample;
  • Understand the results section and how to present results in a clear manner.

Register for the June 10 workshop here.

Questions? Contact Sherry Battle at sherry@aptaeducation.org

GAMER is sponsored by the Education Leadership Partnership - including ACAPT, APTA & its Academy of Education. 

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