Within academic medical centers, there is increasing interest among physicians to pursue education as a promotion pathway. Many medical schools and universities offer professional development opportunities for these individuals such as workshops and certificate and advanced degree programs. However, there exists a need for a more personalized support for clinician-educators to be successful in educational scholarship in the health care setting. In 2017, a departmental level educational research community was established within Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University to support faculty, staff, and trainees in creating, completing, and publishing educational scholarship. The research infrastructure includes administrative and institutional review board submission assistance, internal grant support, database management, statistical analysis, and consultation with professional educators. Also, integral to the education core is monthly education lab meetings that allow an opportunity for education researchers to present work in progress, conceive new projects, discuss relevant literature, and cultivate and sustain a community of educational scholars.
This innovation in education demonstrates feasibility at a departmental level to successfully support educational research. We have initiated education meetings with a cohort of core education faculty who are interested in an educational promotion track. We present several metrics that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the programs similar to this innovation.
From the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.
Published ahead of print 1 November 2018.
Accepted for publication November 1, 2018.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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Address correspondence to Deborah A. Schwengel, MD, MEHP, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1800 Orleans St, Suite 6349H, Baltimore, MD. Address e-mail to Dschwen1@jhmi.edu.