Scholarly Concentration: Medical Education


Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell, DrPH, MS


Objectives and Goals

The purpose of the Foundation in Medical Education is to prepare students for engagement and leadership in the field of medical education. This concentration aims to promote excellence in the following areas:

1) curriculum development and delivery
2) evaluation and assessment
3) teaching and education
4) implementation of novel tools and techniques

Students will choose a specific area of interest from one of the three major categories above, and develop an individual plan for coursework and the required project, in consultation with the concentration directors. Students electing this concentration are also strongly encouraged to pursue teaching experience, most often as a Teaching Assistant. While this concentration can be completed as part of a four-year curriculum, the optimum experience will be received in a five-year plan, with one year for scholarly work and teaching experience.


Students must complete 12 total Scholarly Concentration coursework units. Students selecting only a Foundation Area complete all 12 units in that Foundation Area. Students undertaking both a Foundation Area and an Application Area complete six units in each.


Scholarly Concentrations & the MD Program

The Scholarly Concentration (SC) program is a required, structured program of study in the Medical Student Curriculum that promotes in-depth learning and scholarship. The SC's provide medical students with faculty-mentored scholarly experiences in areas of individual interest combined with structured coursework to support this scholarship.