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Master of Arts in Educational Studies, Biomedical Education

The specialization in biomedical education is designed to provide formal training in educational philosophy, learning theory and adult teaching practice as well as educational research to prepare you for clinical and academic educational leadership roles. This new specialization will build expertise in the six core competencies identified for all medical educators: 

  1. medical (or content) knowledge
  2. leaner-centeredness
  3. interpersonal and communication skills
  4. professionalism and role modeling
  5. practice-based reflection
  6. systems-based practice


The master’s program in biomedical education is a partnership between the colleges of Education and Human Ecology and Medicine. This thesis-only specialization combines the practice of clinical medicine with formal training in educational theory and practice with seminars in competency based medical education, leadership in medical education, employing simulation in medical education, and other current topics. 
Upon completing the master’s program in biomedical education, you will be able to:

  • Create competency based medical education curriculum plans and programs appropriate for a learner centered approach to teaching
  • Apply theories of learning sciences to the clinical environment 
  • Design instructional sessions using adult education principles and practices for delivery in clinical teaching
  • Demonstrate the use of web-based technologies to administer instruction in an online environment
  • Create and implement competency based assessment tools to determine achievement of learner and program outcomes
  • Develop an educational philosophy that is learner-centered and consistent with a professional identity formation as a clinician educator and mentor
  • Formulate research protocols for investigating educational issues in the clinical setting

Program Requirements

Deadline to apply: August 10
Program start: Autumn and Spring semesters
Minimum semester hours to completion: 33
Prerequisites: MD, DO or equivalent
Program requirements: Core courses (9 hours), specialization courses (21 hours), thesis (minimum 3 hours)
View the Master's curriculum

Program Directors

John Mahan, Program Director
David Stein, Program Director


Laurie Belknap, DO, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Education and Anatomy, LSI Curriculum Expert Educator 
Dan Clinchot, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Education and Anatomy Vice Dean for Education, Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Education 
Doug Danforth, PhD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Part 1 of the LSI Curriculum 
Ashley Fernandes, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director for Chronic Care Clerkship 
Alex Grieco, MD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Education and Anatomy, LSI Curriculum Expert Educator 
Larry Hurtubise, MA, Associate Director of the Center for Faculty Development 
Sorabh Khandelwal, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residency Director 
Nick Kman, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Part 3 of the LSI Curriculum 
Cynthia Ledford, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Assistant Dean for Curriculum Design and Innovation 
John Mahan, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Dean for Faculty Development 
Daniel McFarlane, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Director of Medical Education Fellowship 
Ryan Nash, MD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Education and Anatomy, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities 
Sheryl Pfeil, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Medical Director of the Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center 
Kim Tartaglia, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Director of Part 2 of the LSI Curriculum 

Affiliated Faculty

Eric Anderman, PhD, Professor and Chair Educational Studies, Educational Psychology
Michael Glassman, PhD, Professor, Educational Psychology
Tzu-Jung Lin, PhD, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
David Stein, PhD, Associate Professor, Workforce Development and Education
Bryan Warnick, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Philosophy and History of Education
Shirley Yu, PhD, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
Chris Zirkle, PhD, Associate Professor, Workforce Development and Education