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HMS Academy Insights, the Academy's monthly published web-based e-newsletter, promotes and enhances faculty development of a large medical educator community across HMS and its affiliated hospitals. Through publication of the Academy Insights, we link medical educators across institutions, foster collaboration and build community, recognize our members' achievements and highlight academic scholarship in the field of medical education. Academy Insights provides direct links to useful educational resources including journal articles, books, apps, websites, presentations, and other teaching tools

Academy Insights: Vol. 6, No. 8

Update from the Harvard Medical School Masters of Medical Science in Medical Education Program  
By Ayres Heller, Program Manager 
& Jennifer Kesselheim, Program Director 

HMS students (listed from left to right) Richard McNatt, Ryan Din, Teshika Jayewickreme, Andrew Foley, Jenny Shih and Laurie Schleimer volunteered at the Roxbury Tenants Harvard Fall Kick-Off Health Fair.


Mansour Alfadhel, Atipong Pathanasethpong, Kate Distler, Jennifer Kesselheim (Program Director), Angela Feraco, Eric Gantwerker, Ayres Heller (Program Manager), Arabella Simpkin, Adrian Hasdianda

The Harvard Medical School Master of Medical Sciences (MMSc) in Medical Education program welcomed a new cohort of nine students in September. This cohort joins seven students who are in their second year of the master's program to form a robust group engaged in formal coursework (year one) and active research (year two) in medical education. 

The first year students are engaged in courses including qualitative methods for research,statistics for educational research, and Research in Medical Education: Principles and Practice (RIME), taught by HMS Academy member Subha Ramani. Additionally, these students engage in a longitudinal seminar in medical education in which many HMS Academy members teach on core medical education concepts and theories including curriculum development, assessment, adult learning theory, and educational technology. These students are beginning to develop their thesis projectsand will bring their ideas to the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in the Health Professions in January for further refinement.

Our second year master's students are engaged full-time in their thesis research with mentorship from many HMS Academy members. These students are collecting data that they will begin to analyze before defending their theses in the spring. Many are gathering data at their home institutions and we look forward to congregating in early December for project updates and career development sessions with the group. Their thesis projects are on the following topics:

  • How does resident resilience and tolerance of ambiguity impact burnout, medical error and clinical competence? (Arabella Simpkin) 
  • What is the relationship between perceived and physiologic stress and procedural learning during a simulation? (Adrian Hasdianda)
  • How does a longitudinal integrated block influence residents' career goals, mentorship, and patient-centeredness? (Kate Distler) 
  • What are the views of students and teaching faculty in Thailand about implementation of the flipped classroom? (Atipong Pathanasethpong)
  • What impact will an online module to teach physiology have on entering medical students' knowledge? (Eric Gantwerker)
  • What are the communication needs of parents of children with cancer and how will an educational intervention teaching communication influence parents' satisfaction with their child's physician? (Angela Feraco)
  • What are the characteristics and best practices of successful collaborations between academic institutions? (Mansour Alfadhel)

We are now recruiting our third cohort of students for matriculation in the fall of 2016. The degree is an ideal fit for medical educators who seek expanded skills not only as teachers but also as leaders and investigators.  The program is open to faculty as well as to residents and fellows whose training programs provide protected time for scholarly work.  For trainees interested in medical education as a career focus, this master's degree would be a perfect way to complete GME research requirements. 

Please see the complete announcement at later in this edition of Insights. If you, your colleague, or your mentee might be interested in pursuing the new MMSc in Medical Education degree, please visit our website at: 

For further information or e-mail Ayres at:  

Please find additional program information in a recorded webcast at:


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