Health Professions Education Research Scholars (HERS)

High-quality education research is dependent upon those that deliver the education to also have the capacity to design and execute rigorous research programs. To meet this need, the TEACH academy has developed an interdisciplinary health professions education research curriculum. The goal of this curriculum is to produce excellent education researchers in the health professions, through didactic and experiential sessions. In addition, participants will complete a mentored education research project of peer-reviewed quality.

The Health professions Education Research Scholars (HERS) program is a monthly all day session (12 sessions total) with content from the Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program, developed and offered through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), plus an experiential project in which participants are actively mentored through the development and execution of a scholarly research project.  A competitive selection process (participation capped at 6 individuals and 6 mentors) will be used to identify program participants.

Participants will be required to protect one designated day per month, with support of their department, to devote to participation in the HERS program.  Upon completion of the program, participants will receive their MERC certification from the AAMC. Along with submitting an application, participants must document Chair support with a signed Requirements and Expectations document found below.  This 1-year intensive, mentorship-guided program will both improve the execution of health professions education at Carillon Clinic and contribute to national and international academic research on health professions education.  Click here to download the Requirements and Expectations document.

Inaugural HERS Class Selected – Congratulate your colleagues!

TEACH is proud to announce the inaugural class of the Health Professions Education Research Scholars (HERS) Program! This program is sponsored by TEACH and is being supported in its inaugural year with generous funding from the Department of Surgery. The HERS program was developed in order to provide participants with instruction in health professions education research principles, guide participants through the development of mentor-guided peer-reviewed quality research projects, foster collaboration within health professions education research, and help to develop our participants as leaders in academic medicine. Please click here for more information on the HERS program and a list of eight members of the 2017 – 2018 HERS class.

HERS 2017-2018 Participants

Left to Right:  Dr. William Rea (Psychiatry), Dr. Kelley Morel (OBGYN), Dr. Helena Carvalho (VTCSOM Basic Science), Dr. Mark Hamill (Surgery), Ms. Leah Sowers (Jefferson College of Health Sciences), Dr. Todd Brickman (Surgery), Dr. Susanti Ie (Internal Medicine), Dr. Sarah Klemencic (Emergency Medicine)