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:
- 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