Educational Research Series

The Educational Research Series (ERS) of the Educator Development Program (EDP) is a 11-month program that combines virtual workshops, independent work, and personalized one-on-one consultation services to help faculty learn the research process as it relates to health professions education. The goal of ERS is for faculty to design and prepare to conduct educational research; in doing so, faculty will develop greater autonomy in navigating various stages of educational research.

Apply now to be a member of the 2022-2023 ERS Cohort!

Program Overview

During ERS, participants can expect to:

  • Develop strategies to optimize the success and impact of their health professions educational research
  • Broaden knowledge of the research process as it relates to health professions education
  • Apply educational research knowledge and skills to their own research project
  • Prepare a scholarly product
  • Share ideas and experiences related to educational research in a supportive environment

Participant Outcomes

Participants will design, and prepare to conduct, their own educational research over the course of the program. By the end of the program, each participant will complete an educational research project. Participants will work with ERS instructors to develop the learning objectives and deliverables (e.g., Institutional Review Board [IRB] protocol; grant proposal; manuscript) for their educational research project based on their interests and career goals.

Learning Objectives

  1. Introduction to Educational Research
    1. Form an effective educational research team.
    2. Describe the requirements for ethical oversight by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).  
    3. Develop relevant and measurable educational research questions.
    4. Conduct an effective literature search for educational research.
    5. Apply an appropriate conceptual framework to an educational research project.
    6. Develop a logic model for an educational research project.
  2. Research Methodologies in Educational Research
    1. Identify an appropriate quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods design to answer an educational research question (e.g., survey design, experimental, phenomenological).
    2. Identify specific quantitative and/or qualitative methods for answering an educational research question (e.g., surveys, interviews, focus groups).
    3. Evaluate quantitative and qualitative educational research.
  3. Disseminating Educational Research
    1. Describe strategies for identifying opportunities for disseminating educational research.
    2. Apply strategies for developing effective conference proposals and peer-reviewed manuscripts for educational research.
    3. Discuss ethical considerations related to the conduct and dissemination of educational research.

Target Audience

Novice and Advanced Beginners in educational research

  • Novices may be aware of educational research skills but are unable to discuss or apply the skills in any detail.
  • Advanced Beginners understand and can discuss much but not all of the terminology, concepts, and issues related to educational research skills, but they need to be coached through the application of the skills.


All faculty in the College of Medicine, including the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (HRS)


  • Up to 10 total hours of category A CME credit
  • Certification from the College of Medicine’s Center for FAME and Office of Curriculum and Scholarship

Program Requirements

Accepted participants must complete the following requirements to receive certification:

  • Attend, in full, a minimum of five 1-hour, virtual Spotlights
  • Attend, in full, a minimum of four 3-hour, virtual Workshops
  • Complete a minimum of five Consultation hour with a Research Consultant from the Office of Curriculum and Scholarship (OCS)
  • Attend a minimum of two sessions at the College of Medicine Annual Education Symposium
  • Submit the deliverables for their educational research project
  • Present their educational research project to the Cohort

Program Dates

Session Date Time
Spotlight 1 September 7, 2022 12:00-1:00pm
Workshop 1 September 21, 2022 12:00-3:00pm
Open Workshop September 23, 2022 12:00-2:00pm
Spotlight 2 October 5, 2022 12:00-1:00pm
Consultation 1 October 19, 2022 12:00-3:00pm (1 hr only)
Spotlight 3 November 2, 2022 12:00-1:00pm
Workshop 2 November 16, 2022 12:00-3:00pm
Consultation 2 December 21, 2022 12:00-3:00pm (1 hr only)
Workshop 3 January 18, 2023 12:00-3:00pm
COM Annual Education Symposium January 25, 2023 8:00am-2:00pm
Spotlight 4 February 1, 2023 12:00-1:00pm
Consultation 3 February 15, 2023 12:00-3:00pm (1 hr only)
Workshop 4 March 15, 2023 12:00-3:00pm
Spotlight 5 April 5, 2023 12:00-1:00pm
Consultation 4 April 19, 2023 12:00-3:00pm (1 hr only)
Workshop 5 May 17, 2023 12:00-3:00pm
Spotlight 6 June 7, 2023 12:00-1:00pm
Consultation 5 June 21, 2023 12:00-3:00pm (1 hr only)