MERC Pre-conference Workshops

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

The APCCMPD has partnered with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to create a unique experience designed to strengthen Pulmonary, CCM and PCCM educators’ knowledge of, and encourage stronger participation in, medical education and medical education research.

Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC)

APCCMPD’s Partnership with the AAMC supports medical educators in their pursuit to:

  • Learn the purposes and processes of medical education research
  • Become informed consumers of medical education research literature
  • Be effective collaborators in medical education research

At the completion of the MERC @ APCCMPD Scholars Program, learners 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 a strong research question, hypothesis, and methods consistent with rigorous research techniques in this area
  • Embrace their responsibility as professionals in academic medicine by being contributors of education research to the field

MERC Workshop 1 - Introduction to Qualitative Data Collection Methods

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM Eastern
$250 Member / $500 Non-Member
Registration is open to the first 25 attendees
(APCCMPD reserves the right to cancel the course due to low enrollment)

This workshop is intended for physicians and generalists in medical education, as well as faculty and staff involved in student affairs, who wish to develop perspectives and skills for collecting qualitative data, such as data from focus group discussions, interviews, observation field notes, and responses to open-ended questions used in admissions processes, program development, curriculum evaluation, needs assessments, performance evaluation, and various scholarship and research applications. After participating in this workshop, learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate applied knowledge of the appropriate selection, use, and standards for rigor of some common methods for collection of qualitative data.
  • Generate research questions appropriate for qualitative studies and choose appropriate data collection methods.
  • Demonstrate applied knowledge of approaches to achieve rigor in the design of qualitative studies and collection of qualitative data.
  • Demonstrate essential skills required for conducting focus groups.

MERC Workshop 2 - Measuring Educational Outcomes with Reliability and Validity

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM Eastern
$250 Member / $500 Non-Member
Registration is open to the first 25 attendees
(APCCMPD reserves the right to cancel the course due to low enrollment)

This workshop introduces participants to the principles of score reliability and validity, using a combination of didactics and review of medical education research projects. The workshop is divided into two parts with group exercises designed to reinforce understanding of the main principles.  At the end of the workshop the participants will be able to:

  • Identify three types of reliability (inter-rater, test-retest, and internal consistency).
  • Match types of reliability with appropriate statistical measures.
  • Describe the relationship between reliability and validity.
  • Describe multiple forms of evidence for validity.
  • Select an approach to reliability and validity assessment for a particular study.

Register now and learn more about the 2021 Annual Conference