DMS offers guidance on educational research

Reflecting the school's commitment to educational research and collaboration, Dartmouth Medical School educators offer models of support structures for educational research and address some future challenges medical schools will face in the October issue of Academic Medicine. The authors describe the school's approach to successful medical research, that include methods used for educational grant development, financial support for pilot projects and techniques to enhance collaborative projects.

The authors explain the distinct research characteristics at DMS, that emphasize ongoing feedback and mentoring from fellow faculty, staff and students as well as initiatives to identify measures of success to ensure that each project is receiving the support it needs. "We are particularly proud of the impressive faculty productivity in research which, we believe, is due in large part to the encouraging, collaborative environment that we have nurtured at DMS," said Patricia Carney, PhD, associate professor of community and family medicine and co-author of the article.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), which publishes Academic Medicine, focuses the October 2004 issue on the theme of medical education research in which DMS was one of only eight medical schools around the world asked to address this critical issue. "We are extremely pleased that Dartmouth Medical School was invited to write an article about why our program is so successful," said lead author David Nierenberg, MD, senior associate dean for medical education and professor of medicine and of pharmacology/toxicology. "We hope that it opens doors for other medical institutions."

Several factors account for the caliber of education research at DMS, according to the article. For example, the Medical Education Investigation Review Committee adheres to a formal process to ensure that, while the environment encourages new research investigations, faculty and student

Contact: Andrew Nordhoff
Dartmouth Medical School

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