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Medical Education Program

Director

  • Kristi J. Ferguson

Affiliated faculty

  • Rick Axelson (Family Medicine), Kristi J. Ferguson (Community and Behavioral Health/Internal Medicine), Clarence Kreiter (Family Medicine), Jeff Pettit, Marcy Rosenbaum (Family Medicine)
Graduate degree: M.M.E.
Graduate certificate: medical education
Web site: http://www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/ocrme/masters/programoverview.htm

The Medical Education Program is dedicated to providing medical faculty members with formal training in medical education. The program is coordinated through the Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education.

Graduate Programs of Study

  • Master in Medical Education
  • Certificate in Medical Education

Application requirements are the same for both programs; see "Admission" below.

Master in Medical Education

The Master in Medical Education requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of graduate credit. The program is designed to prepare medical faculty members to educate health professionals. It is intended for Carver College of Medicine faculty members and professional staff as well as for University of Iowa resident physicians and fellows. 

The program gives participants the opportunity to specialize in theory and practice of curriculum design, effective teaching, assessment, and other aspects of medical education. Graduates of the program should be able to:

  • design evidence-based education programs and materials with appropriate scope, sequence, and focus for intended learners;
  • deliver effective instruction to individuals and small or large groups in classroom, laboratory, or clinical settings;
  • evaluate the effectiveness of educational instruction, using formative and summative methods;
  • understand basic principles of educational measurement and be able to apply them to medical education;
  • use assessments to promote learning and to assess learning progress and status; and
  • understand basic principles of, and be able to interpret and use, educational research.

The M.M.E. may be completed in as few as two years or as many as five. Students may begin the program in fall semester, spring semester, or summer session. Some of the required courses are offered online, and required on-campus courses have evening meeting times.

The curriculum includes 24 s.h. of required courses and 6-9 s.h. of electives. Students must register for at least one course each academic year in order to maintain satisfactory progress toward the degree. The program's faculty provides substantial student advising and consultation.

During their first semester, students file a plan of study. Each student's plan must include a description of the student's goals, intended graduation date, and a list of courses the student plans to take each semester he or she is working toward the degree. The study plan must incorporate all of the courses required for the degree and must include any requests for transfer credit. The plan must be approved by the director of the M.M.E. program and by the student's advisor. Subsequent revisions of the plan must have the advisor's approval.

The Master in Medical Education requires the following course work.

050:701 (MED:9701) Instructional Design and Technology3 s.h.
050:702 (MED:9702) Clinical Teaching in Medical Education3 s.h.
050:703 (MED:9703) Educational Research and Evaluation3 s.h.
050:711 (MED:9711) Teaching Methods in Medical Education3 s.h.
050:712 (MED:9712) Introduction to Educational Measurement in Medical Education3 s.h.
050:713 (MED:9713) Assessment in Medical Education3 s.h.
050:714 (MED:9714) Current Issues in Medical Education3 s.h.
050:720 (MED:9720) Portfolio Project3 s.h.
Electives6-9 s.h.

Students who do not do clinical teaching may substitute another course for 050:702 (MED:9702) Clinical Teaching in Medical Education.

Students must have completed at least 18 s.h. before enrolling in 050:720 (MED:9720) Portfolio Project. In the portfolio, students integrate the materials they have developed over the course of the program into a document. Three faculty members review the project and evaluate the student's participation in the program.

Electives require approval of the student's advisor. They may include courses in the M.M.E. program as well as those offered by relevant departments and programs (e.g., College of Education, Tippie College of Business). Students should check with their advisors to determine which courses are graduate level.

Certificate

The Certificate in Medical Education requires a minimum of 12 s.h. of graduate credit. The certificate program is designed to help participants find new ways to enhance their scholarship and skills in teaching, curriculum design, and education assessment. It is intended for Carver College of Medicine faculty and professional staff as well as for University of Iowa resident physicians and fellows.

Required course work for the certificate is taken from the Master of Medical Education program. Individuals who complete the certificate and then decide they would like to earn the master's degree may count their certificate course work toward the M.M.E.

The Certificate in Medical Education requires the following course work.

Methods—one of these:

050:701 (MED:9701) Instructional Design and Technology3 s.h.
050:702 (MED:9702) Clinical Teaching in Medical Education3 s.h.
050:711 (MED:9711) Teaching Methods in Medical Education3 s.h.

Research and measurement—one of these:

050:703 (MED:9703) Educational Research and Evaluation3 s.h.
050:712 (MED:9712) Introduction to Educational Measurement in Medical Education3 s.h.

And:

Additional courses chosen from M.M.E. requirements6 s.h.

Admission

Application requirements are the same for the M.M.E. degree and the certificate program. Applicants should hold an M.D. degree and must have performed satisfactorily on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Basic sciences applicants without an M.D. must hold an equivalent degree and must have performed satisfactorily on an admission test equivalent to the MCAT.

Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not hold a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited university in the United States, English-speaking Africa, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, or the United Kingdom must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Application materials must include an official transcript showing medical course work and medical degree, or equivalent for basic sciences applicants (current and former University of Iowa students do not need to request a UI transcript or transcripts previously submitted to the University); a letter of reference from the applicant's department head and one additional letter of reference; and a 300-500 word essay describing the applicant's interest in medical education and in the Master in Medical Education program or the Certificate in Medical Education program.

To apply to the M.M.E. program, see Master's in Medical Education/Admissions and Application on the program's web site; to apply to the certificate program, see Applying as a Nondegree Graduate Student on the University of Iowa Office of Admissions web site. Application materials should be submitted to the Office of Admissions.

Application deadlines are July 15 for fall semester entry, November 15 for spring semester entry, and April 15 for summer session entry.