Our Mission

To promote medical education and innovation through rigorous research and evaluation, and to improve knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning by engaging a local and national community of educator scholars.


Our Services

The Evaluation and Research team supports the School of Medicine’s education program and research agenda for the required curriculum and major medical school initiatives in the following ways:


Evaluation & Continuous Quality Improvement

Our team works closely with staff and faculty curriculum leaders to develop processes and strategies to support continuous quality improvement in student learning experiences and outcomes. This includes:

  • In-depth analysis of the required curriculum
  • Quarterly and annual reporting on courses, clerkships, programs, and faculty instruction
  • Evaluation
  • Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) compliance tracking for medical school accreditation
  • Evaluation of E4C teaching clinical skills and professionalism curriculum
  • Evaluation of the Scholarly Concentration program
  • Evaluation of student wellness and the learning environment
  • Evaluation and research on student, resident and faculty mistreatment issues
  • Oversee teaching evaluations for promotion and training
  • Teaching awards and recognition of excellence in teaching


Medical Education Research & Scholarship

We provide evaluation and research support for major initiatives and innovations impacting undergraduate medical education. Example:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Reimaging Undergraduate Medical Education” Initiative

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Stanford is leading a multi-institutional effort to design a new and innovative curriculum for medical students to teach concepts in immunology and microbiology. Faculty from Stanford University, University of California San Francisco, University of Washington, and Duke University are collaborating to design a suite of high-quality, standardized short videos and complementary interactive activities that are easily accessible and can be implemented nationally and internationally.

The evaluation and research team works closely with faculty and staff leadership to oversee the evaluation and research components of this project and to ensure application of relevant learning theories to the overall course design. Through our partnership with evaluation members at each project site, we have developed an assessment system to evaluate the effectiveness of the course and its contents.


Education and Training of Students, Residents, Fellows and Faculty

We provide instruction in courses and programs targeting members of the Stanford Medicine community who are engaged in medical education and research. Example:

Rathmann Seminar

The Rathmann Family Foundation Fellowship in patient-centered care is a year-long fellowship that provides part-time salary support for Stanford faculty, fellows, or chief residents to pursue further study and research focused on the promotion of patient-centered care. Areas for research projects may include curricular innovations in simulation and blended learning, development of new educational programs in shared decision making, or issues related to professionalism and humanism in medicine.

Each year, 2-4 fellows are selected to design and implement a rigorous research project. Our team leads seminars for the fellows and helps them develop projects tailored to their research interests. 


Innovations in Medical Education

We support innovative projects and research addressing contemporary issues in medical education that are of interest to local, national and international communities.  Examples:

  • Evaluation of interactive and online learning initiatives including flipped classroom, gaming and video-based case instruction
  • Evaluation of longitudinal clerkship experiences
  • Development and dissemination of socio-behavioral sciences curriculum for bedside teaching for faculty
  • Staff training for in-situ simulations to build culture for cognitive aid use during OR emergencies


Assessment & Performance Evaluation

Our team helps ensure that medical student performance is fairly and accurately assessed through continuous evaluation, monitoring and analysis of grades and grading processes. Work includes:

  • Validation and reliability testing for high-stakes exams
  • Management of clerkship grade appeals process
  • Analysis of grade distributions in clerkships and courses
  • Review of Medical Student Performance Evaluations


Curriculum and Data Management

We help Stanford’s education leaders and faculty to effectively manage and oversee the required curriculum through the development and maintenance of the Ilios curriculum database, including:

  • Mapping of curriculum goals and objectives
  • Compliance with LCME standards
  • Cohort tracking