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Title Introduction to Medical Education Research
Course number 2193
Programme Vårdvetenskap (PUF-V)
Language English
Credits 6.0
Date 2020-09-07 -- 2020-12-18
Responsible KI department Institutionen för lärande, informatik, management och etik
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The participants should develop their understanding of what kind of issues/phenomena that are researched in medical education and get familiar with qualitative and quantitative approaches and methods used in the research field.
Intended learning outcomes After the course the student is expected to be able to:
1. Reason and argue about the significance of the Medical Education research field in relation to the Higher Educational field.
2. Identify, analyze and describe different kinds of issues and phenomena that are researched in Medical Education.
3. Reflect on and express similarities and differences of different research approaches and methods used in Medical Education Research.
Contents of the course The course content includes studies of the Medical Education field especially:
* Significance of professional educational programmes, disciplines and subjects in the medical and health care field.
* Researching different areas within medical education - student learning, teaching, course/curriculum design, assessment and evaluation.
* Researching learning and teaching in clinical education and the health care field - supervision, professional development and patient education.
* Qualitative and quantitative approaches and methods in Medical Education research.
* Characteristics of high quality Medical Education research.
Teaching and learning activities The course is situated within the framework of blended learning with face-to-face meetings combined with web seminars. This means that the course works well for distance learners.
The course opens with introductory work conducted in the learning platform Canvas, followed by two mandatory campus days. The rest of the of the course is primarily conducted via Canvas through web seminars, individual written assignments, as well as group discussions and peer feedback.
Participants need to be able to attend the campus days as well as the scheduled web seminars and group discussions through the digital learning platform Canvas.
The course design is based on the student's active participation in his/her own learning process.
Compulsory elements Assignments, web seminars, campus days and group work are compulsory. In order to compensate for absence, students can submit a written report based on the topics discussed during the missed opportunities no later than 1 week after the course.
Examination The examination assessment consists of two main parts:
* A reflective paper based on an analysis of a self-chosen doctoral thesis within Medical Education. The analysis and reflection are expected to relate to the learning outcomes.
* Written and oral self and peer assessment related to assignments and web seminars.
The assessment criteria (correspondence, coherence, capacity and critical appraisal) must be fulfilled to pass the course.
Literature and other teaching material Mandatory literature:
Extracts from the following two books:
Swanwick, Tim (ed). Understanding medical education: evidence, theory and practice (3rd edition). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2019 - 580 pages.
Cleland, Jennifer; Durning, Steven J. Researching Medical Education. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2015 – 288 pages.

Doctoral dissertations in Medical education and Health Sciences education will be studied (choices will be made in the study group together with the course director and lectures, a minimum of two dissertations will be read, analysed and discussed).

Articles published in Medical Education, Health Sciences and Higher Education Journals will be studied (choices will be made in the study group together with the course director and lectures, a minimum of six articles will be read, analysed and discussed).
Number of students 8 - 24
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) start date of doctoral studies (priority given to earlier start date)
More information This is a four week course course spread out over the term and which requires time for independent work outside of scheduled time. Face-to-face sessions on campus are: 14-15 September. Virtual webinar sessions through Zoom and Canvas are: 7 October, 21 October, 18 November and 15 December (examination seminar). The course is given in English.
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Course responsible Terese Stenfors
Institutionen för lärande, informatik, management och etik

Terese.Stenfors@ki.se
Contact person Per Palmgren
Institutionen för lärande, informatik, management och etik

per.palmgren@ki.se