Department of Medical Education
About the Department
Our mission is to transform the education of health professionals through: a) designing and administering academic programs; b) promoting educational research and innovation, and c) maintaining a national presence. In addition, the department provides support for Keck’s mission of educating tomorrow’s physicians. This includes student academic support, student assessment, program evaluation, faculty development, and policy and curriculum development.
Research and Scholarship
The department provides mentoring and consultation support to Keck faculty and students who are interested in conducting research in medical education across the continuum (UME, GME and CME). Our areas of expertise include course/program evaluation, curriculum development, clinical skills assessment, research design, psychometrics, and statistical analysis.
Master of Academic Medicine
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.
The USC Health Sciences Faculty Development Program is designed to support faculty interested in improving their expertise in teaching, implementing and assessing educational innovations, and utilizing current educational technologies. Sessions are strategically scheduled to fit the busy academic life of our faculty, while also making available customized sessions suited for individual departmental needs (upon request only). All sessions incorporate didactic and interactive modalities to best enhance the retention and transfer of knowledge and skills. Currently, twelve highly engaging topics are offered and are scheduled regularly during the noon hour on the Health Sciences Campus. A certificate will be given to those who complete 9 sessions with concomitant CME credit.
The Clinical Skills Education and Evaluation Center
The Clinical Skills Education and Evaluation Center (CSEEC) is an educational resource, used for both teaching and evaluating the clinical skills of medical students and other health professional students and residents. The Center provides the space and offers opportunities for faculty to help students practice, reinforce, enhance and refine the critical skills that are needed to succeed clinically. The Center conducts a clinical performance examination, a graduation requirement for all USC students in the fourth year of medical school, as well as Objective Structured Clinical Exams for students in Introduction to Clinical Medicine and various clerkships. The center participates as a member of the California Consortium for the Assessment of Clinical Competence, which was initially created by a grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.
Keck Evaluation, Institutional Research/Reporting, and Assessment (KEIRA) Office
KEIRA aims to transform the training of medical professionals through research, service, and education. We support evidence-based decision-making by providing accurate and timely information about students, faculty, and curricular programming. We build the capacity of medical educators to consume and use data. We conduct educational research and evaluation studies to grow the knowledge-base on what works, for whom, and under what conditions in medical education.