Background

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BACKGROUND

Over the past several decades, the sciences informing general and medical education have grown in prominence and potential such that Master’s programs in medical education are now distinguishing components of leading Universities here and abroad.  In 1996 there were only seven Master’s Programs in Medical Education and now there are more than 75 programs worldwide. Further, the skills associated with the degree are increasingly viewed as requisite areas of competence for leaders in education and educational administration.

Coincident with the emergence of these programs has been the national and international call for transforming medical education through innovations grounded in educational research. To date, existing Master’s programs both domestically and internationally vary in structure, rigor, and pedagogy but  few have shown a central commitment to innovative research. The Master of Medical Sciences in Medical Education (MMSc-Medical Education) at Harvard Medical School (HMS) program is differentiated from the majority of other established programs by being a two-year, research-focused degree.

The HMS MMSc-Medical Education ensures that learners establish the requisite teaching skills and a command of the foundational and emerging content domains in medical education, and at its core, the HMS program will focus on research and innovation in medical education.