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Medical Education Scholarly Concentration

In the Medical Education Scholarly Concentration, students will learn about health science pedagogical methods and how they may develop into effective clinical instructors. From there, students will examine how to assess teaching effectiveness, student learning, and knowledge gains through an introduction to education research. Students will develop a foundational knowledge of basic education research methodologies and will be introduced to the medical education scholarship literature.


Students will participate onsite at the Bloomington campus. Completion of the scholarly project could be done remotely.

Curriculum and Timeline

Students completing the medical education concentration fulfill the same core curriculum as students in other concentrations. The didactic components provide a strong academic and experiential foundation in medical education research methodologies and scholarship literature that will be vital for completion of the core curriculum project and product. 

Recommended Pathway


Students determine if a concentration pathway will fit in their schedule by contacting concentration co-directors. 

Scholarly Project Topic Examples

Students work with faculty to complete a project in a relevant topic based on student interests. Students are welcome to come up with their own project idea. Potential project topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluation of ultrasound proficiency in a Human Structure Course
  • Advanced development of clinical case studies for non-didactic learning
  • Strategies in medical education, the importance of self-regulation in learning anatomy, and cadaver use at IU School of Medicine
  • Use of simulation in medical education and interprofessional education
  • Impact of technologies on undergraduate anatomy education


Students should reach out to co-directors with any questions about this concentration.

23210-Rudick, Charles

Charles N. Rudick, PhD

Assistant Director of Medical Education at IU School of Medicine-Bloomington

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26659-Husmann, Polly

Polly R. Husmann, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

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26393-O'Loughlin, Valerie

Valerie D. O'Loughlin, PhD

Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

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