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Medical Education and Research

The Office of Medical Education and Research (MER) promotes excellence in clinical education by facilitating education development and research across all health professions. MER provides support and collaboration for clinician educators by identifying research opportunities, offering research support, and guiding research mentors.

Education Research Opportunities

Baystate offers clinical education opportunities for medical students and residents, nurses, pharmacists and students in over 30 allied health programs. Education research occurs in nearly every clinical department where these teachers and learners interact. Many of our clinician educators publish studies pertaining to:

  1. Simulation education: Interventions and innovative teaching methods developed and implemented in the Baystate Simulation Center and Goldberg Surgical Skills Lab.
  2. Curriculum design: Innovative curricula designed to fill a gap in students’ knowledge or skills
  3. Professional development: Innovative ways that we train our teachers to better prepare future clinicians.

Research Support

MER staff is led by a PhD-trained education researcher, with experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods. MER directly supports clinician educators by encouraging collaboration and offering guidance on:

  1. Conceptualizing education projects into education research
  2. Theoretical or conceptual frameworks
  3. Instrument selection or design
  4. Defining outcomes of interest
  5. Identifying scholarship opportunities, including clinical education conferences and peer reviewed journals

Research Mentorship

In collaboration with the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Research Core, MER supports the mentorship of clinical and education research investigators to guide novice investigators. Support is available for mentors both individually and through structured mentorship training.

For More Information

Contact the Director of Medical Education and Research, Rebecca Blanchard, PhD: rebecca.blanchardphd@baystatehealth.org