Research in medical education: The challenge for the next decade

Steven A. Wartman

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As we enter a very turbulent period for medicine and medical education, it is essential that the importance and value of medical education research be demonstrated. Despite the billions of dollars that our society invests annually in medical education, medical education research, the “R & D” of medical education, is beset with many problems. These include a low priority for academic medicine, underfunding, and insufficient consensus on goals and directions. More important, there is a notable lack of development of the theoretical base that should underlie such research. It is critical that the medical education research community, along with educators, academic administrators, and health policymakers, join to develop strategies and set priorities to enable medical education research to guide the future of medical education in a time of change and increased accountability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)608-614
Number of pages7
JournalAcademic Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • General Nursing


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