Master of Academic Medicine

Master of Academic Medicine 2017-12-18T11:23:42+00:00

Master of Academic Medicine

Program Information

The Master of Academic Medicine is offered through the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in collaboration with the Schools of Dentistry and Pharmacy. Our program employs a blended model, combining on-line coursework with on-campus face-to-face sessions, one week each February.

2018 Master of Academic Medicine Brochure

To schedule an online information session,
email Dr. Julie Nyquist, Program Director


Program Summary

A Masters Program for Today’s Challenges
Our goal is to cultivate leaders who will develop and advance educational programs for healthcare professions globally. Health profession education is continuously evolving, which requires leaders that are process experts with a broad repertoire of approaches that can be applied to varied content arenas and situations. The program addresses a challenge in health professions’ education – the need for qualified educators who can model and lead change in their respective schools and programs. Graduates will be positioned to guide future generations of health professionals toward better meeting the health needs of our global society.

Program Objectives

Graduates will be able to demonstrate skills within academic medicine and health including:

  • Developing, leading and evaluating programs
  • Leading of self and others
  • Designing curricula and assessing learners
  • Addressing policy and accreditation issues and challenges
  • Designing, implementing and studying innovations

Upon program completion, graduates will be able to:

  1. Remember basic terminology in relation to principles of learning, teaching, assessing, and studying learners and programs within academic medicine and their own health profession.
  2. Understand the conceptual and procedural knowledge relevant to leading programs within academic medicine and in their own health profession, in relation to 1) promoting learning; 2) designing and implementing curricula; 3) teaching competencies, milestones and entrustable professional activities in classroom and clinical settings; 4) evaluating learners, faculty and programs; 5) leading self and others; 6) addressing current policy and accreditation issues within the context of the history of academic medicine; 7) the structure of academic medicine in universities and academic health centers; 8) assessing need for change and implementing change; and 9) designing, implementing and assessing innovations.
  3. Apply the conceptual and procedural knowledge gained – to programs in own health profession, and own work and teaching settings.
  4. Analyze needs within curricula and programs in health professions education, including review and critique of relevant literature, and determining need for change.
  5. Evaluate learner performance and performance of a program or program elements.
  6. Create original documents such as a letter to the editor, a abstract related to a proposed curricular change, a philosophy of teaching, scholarly reflections on readings and on own work, a curricular plan, plans for specific teaching sessions, a proposal for a scholarly project, a report on a work in progress or completed study.
  7. Demonstrate metacognitive skills in relation to self-reflection, self-assessment, and own motivation, design of own learning and career plans, and utilization of life-long learning skills to build knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Who Should Apply?

Medical and health professions’ faculty, prospective faculty or staff who are focused on education of health professionals at the undergraduate, graduate or continuing education levels should apply.