MERC @ APCCMPD

Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) @ APCCMPD Scholars Program

Learn More about the MERC Course offered at the 2019 APCCMPD Annual Conference

The APCCMPD strives to support the career development and academic advancement
of P/CCM program directors, program faculty, and staff.

The APCCMPD has partnered with the AAMC to create a unique experience designed to strengthen the P/CCM educators’ knowledge of medical education research and to encourage stronger participation in medical education research.


MERC @ APCCMPD Scholars supports medical educators in their pursuit to:

• understand the purposes and processes of medical education research,
• become informed consumers of medical education research literature, and
• be effective collaborators in medical education research.

MERC @ APCCMPD Scholars is open to clinicians interested in improving their educational research skills and ability to participate in medical education research projects.

After completion of six courses, the learner will earn a Certificate in Medical Education Research and will:

• demonstrate a foundational understanding of social science and educational research methods and the statistical strategies to support education research by conducting a scholarly research project focused on a challenge in medical education,

• read and analyze articles in primary journals on medical education,

• collaborate with peers and serve as mentors to others who are interested in medical education research,

• formulate on their own a strong research question, hypothesis, and methods consistent with rigorous research techniques in this area, and

• embrace their responsibility as professionals in academic medicine by being not only consumers of education research but also contributors to the field.

MERC Workshops
MERC @ APCCMPD Scholars will include 6 workshops from those listed below.:
Data Management and Preparing for Statistical Consultation
Formulating Research Questions and Designing Studies*
Hypothesis-driven Research
Measuring Educational Outcomes with Reliability and Validity
Introduction to Qualitative Data Collection Methods*
Program Evaluation and Evaluation Research
Questionnaire Design and Survey Research
Searching and Evaluating the Medical Education Literature
Scholarly Writing: Publishing Medical Education Research

* OFFERED AT THE APCCMPD 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

MERC Workshops Offered at the 2019 Annual Conference

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
8:00 AM - 11:00PM
Continental Breakfast Provided

Program Evaluation and Evaluation Research

This workshop introduces participants to fundamental principles of educational program evaluation, and provides participants with a strategy for developing an evaluation plan. After participating in this workshop, learners will be able to:

  • describe program evaluation and its purposes,
  • identify barriers to program evaluation,
  • identify models used in evaluation,
  • describe the steps of an evaluation, and
  • develop an evaluation plan.

12:30PM - 3:30PM 
Lunch Provided

Scholarly Writing: Publishing Medical Education Research

In this session, the skills of scholarly writing will be explored through the lens of analyzing a manuscript that was accepted for publication. Participants will examine review criteria that are used by healthcare education journals and apply them to a sample manuscript. In discussing scholarly writing, participants will make a decision about the type of feedback they would give to the authors of the sample paper. At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • identify the components of a scholarly publication,
  • discuss how to frame a problem statement,
  • identify an effective research question,
  • discuss whether the design/method is appropriate to the question,
  • discuss whether the authors have applied the best data collection methods to the appropriate sample, and
  • understand the Results section and how to present results in a clear manner.

Register now and learn more about the 2019 Annual Conference