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University of Pittsburgh    
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Jun 19, 2024
 
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Medical Education (MS)


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This program is designed for a diverse group of individuals whose career focus is on medical education and clinical teaching. These individuals include, but are not limited to, fellows and faculty in general medicine, sub-specialty medicine, pediatrics, surgery, family medicine, and psychiatry.

Institute for Clinical Research Education
200 Meyran Ave., Suite 300
412-586-9632
Fax: 412-586-9672
https://www.icre.pitt.edu/degrees/ms_meded.html

Admissions


Admissions Criteria

  • Candidates who are U.S. Citizens, non-citizen nationals, or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the U.S., or individuals who already hold a J-1, H1-B, or F1 transfer visa
  • Candidates who have completed one of the following degrees: MD, DDS, DMD, DC, OD, ND, PharmD, PhD in nursing, and other disciplines involved in clinical teaching.
  • Candidates who possess a high level of interest and potential for the pursuit of long-term career focus in teaching and leadership positions in medical education programs.

Financial Assistance

All students are responsible for their own tuition.

Degree Requirements


The University requires the successful fulfillment of a minimum of 30 credits for awarding a Master of Science in Medical Education. The degree is granted upon the completion of a tightly integrated curriculum with three components: (1) coursework plus observed teaching activities focusing on adult learning, classroom and clinical teaching skills, curriculum development, innovation in medical education, professional development, and medical administration; (2) additional courses to provide trainees with fundamental research skills; and (3) a project on curriculum development or a mentored research project.

Core Curriculum

Required courses include 19 credits of coursework, including:

MEDEDU 2080 - MASTERS RESEARCH  

MEDEDU 2100 - ENHANCING TEACHING SKILLS  

MEDEDU 2111 - FUNDAMENTALS OF ADULT LEARNING IN MEDICAL EDUCATION  

MEDEDU 2120 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT  

MEDEDU 2130 - CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT & EVALTN  

MEDEDU 2140 - MEDICAL WRITING & PRESENTATION SKILLS 

MEDEDU 2150 - MEDEDU:CUR PRACTICE & FUTR DRCTN  

MEDEDU 2005 - COMPUTER METHODS FOR CLINICAL RESEARCH  

MEDEDU 2010 - CLINICAL RESEARCH METHODS  

MEDEDU 2020 - BIOSTATISTICS  , and

MEDEDU 2040 - MEASUREMENT IN CLINICAL RESEARCH  

A minimum “B” grade is mandatory for all required coursework and a minimum of a “B-” grade is required to receive credit for any elective courses.  To remain in good academic standing, students must also maintain a 3.0 or better QPA.  

Research Project, Project in Curriculum Development, or Thesis

Individuals pursuing the Master of Science in Medical Education are required to complete a formal thesis or substantive research project that applies towards the 30-credit requirement for the degree. Three (3) credits will be awarded for successful completion of this component of the curriculum. The project must meet the following requirements: (1) be primarily independent work by the trainee, (2) be reported to the respective sponsoring faculty in written form, and (3) form the basis for a comprehensive review of competence by a committee of at least three training faculty recommended by the major advisor and approved by the Program Director. The four standard mechanisms for the project are:

  • Curriculum development project
  • Peer-reviewed publication
  • A major grant application (R01, K award, or equilvalent award)
  • A standard University thesis

Students must successfully defend their research project to a review committee as required by the University’s Committee on Graduate Studies.

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