Medical Education Research


The 2004 Future of Family Medicine report and the 2005 Institute of Medicine report on improving medical school education triggered a period of intense innovation in undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education. With the mission of improving the health of patients and populations served by primary care practices, the department of Family Medicine is dedicated to furthering these innovation efforts by promoting and conducting research on educational effectiveness in these settings. 

MedEdNet is an AHRQ-registered research network that provides infrastructure and support for several past and current studies. The network's seminal project was the Preparing the Personal Physician for Practice (P4) study, which tested innovations in the content, structure, location and length of Family Medicine residency training. Current studies include:


Principal Investigators: Patty Carney, PhD; Patrice Eiff, MD
The Medical Education Research Network or MedEdNet is a national primary care educational research initiative based in the OHSU Department of Family Medicine. The mission of MedEdNet is to improve the health of populations served by primary care practices by conducting and promoting educational and practice transformation research. The vision is to become a national center leading the conduct of primary care-based educational research in graduate medical education, initially, and then expand to undergraduate medical education and continuing medical education.

Integrating Patient Centered EHR and HIT Curriculum into BSS Medical Education

Principal Investigator: Fran Biagioli, MD
Building on pilot work conducted during the initial funding interval, OHSU and UTHSCA collaborate to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate a comprehensive Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Health Information Technology (HIT) curriculum that interfaces with and effectively reinforces behavioral and social sciences (BSS) learning. The ultimate scope of BSS EHR/HIT educational content will span clinical learners at all levels and incorporate learning objectives from the six BSS domains.

Administrative Supplement - Integrating Patient Centered EHR and HIT Curriculum into BSS Medical Education

Principal Investigators: Patty Carney, PhD;Patrice Eiff, MD
The objective of this Administrative Supplement is to provide overarching coordination/ evaluation activities to assist all schools in the implementation of common evaluation instruments and approaches to achieve a comprehensive comparative analyses leading to scholarly activities that each school working alone could not achieve. The proposed approach would also create synergies that could allow for assessments across schools that would contribute to the dissemination of best medical education practices.

Family Medicine Length of Training Pilot (LoT)

Principal Investigators: Patty Carney, PhD;Patrice Eiff, MD
The purpose of the project is to examine whether extending the length of Family Medicine training to 4 years through the development of innovative training paradigms further prepares family physicians to serve as highly effective personal physicians in a high performance health care system. The innovations tested in residencies participating in the pilot are expected to inspire and guide substantial changes in the content, structure, and location of training of family physicians and guide revisions in accreditation and certification requirements.

PACER (Professionals Accelerating Clinical and Educational Redesign)

Principal Investigators: Patty Carney, PhD;Patrice Eiff, MD
PACER is a 3-year faculty development program supported by the American Boards of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics, along with the ACGME and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. PACER is designed to catalyze meaningful change by building interprofessional faculty teams equipped with the skills to transform their practices and educational programs to prepare their trainees to work together in high-performing medical homes.

Putting Stewardship into Medical Education and Training (Teaching Stewardship using Primary Care Simulation Education)

Principal Investigator: Fran Biagioli, MD
The goals with this project are through the experiential educational activity of simulated patient encounters accompanied by focused faculty feedback, help students better understand:
  • The potential of telemedicine in facilitating patient-physician conversations about appropriate, evidence-based care
  • The true costs of care through order entry into an EHR
  • The use resources and decision making tools to enhance patient engagement in the careful and effective use of health care resources
  • The underlying concepts of the Choosing Wisely campaign through the incorporation of Choosing Wisely competencies into all current teaching OSCE encounters