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MERC Applications Due!

CLIME is pleased to announce the opening of applications for our 2016-2017 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) cohort. The program begins in October 2016 and continues through October 2017. Applications are due by August 1st, 2016.

This program is intended to "provide the knowledge necessary to understand the purposes and processes of medical education research, to become informed consumers of the medical education research literature, and to be effective collaborators in medical education research." More information about MERC and its workshop descriptions can be found here:

Historically, participants have traveled to national/regional conferences to complete 6 MERC workshops in multiple sittings without opportunities to foster collaboration with peers at their home institution. To make this process more efficient and less costly for interested UW faculty, CLIME packages these workshops into three, full-day sessions to be completed in a 12-month period. These workshops are free-of-cost, though faculty members who complete 6 workshops will be required to cover the $100 cost of the MERC program certificate.

Each full-day session will provide opportunities for faculty to network with each other and/or for "project brainstorming."  Each workshop is 3 hours with breakfast provided and lunch served between the two workshops. Attendance must be in-person.

October 5, 2016 | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm | Health Sciences Library, UW-Seattle

Facilitator: Larry Gruppen, PhD
Professor of Medical Education, Learning Health Sciences
University of Michigan Medical School
Workshops: Formulating Research Questions and Designing Studies & Measuring Educational Outcomes with Reliability and Validity

February 10, 2017 | 8:30am - 4:00 pm | Health Sciences Library, UW-Seattle

Facilitator: Sheila Chauvin, PhD, MEd
Director, Office of Medical Education Research and Development, School of Medicine
Director, LSU Health Teaching Academy
Professor, Department of Medicine and School of Public Health
LSU Health-New Orleans
Workshops: Questionnaire design and survey research & Program evaluation and evaluation research

October 13, 2017 | 8:30am - 4:00 pm | Health Sciences Library, UW-Seattle

Facilitator: Arianne Teherani, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Director of Program Evaluation, School of Medicine
Educational Researcher, Center for Faculty as Educators
UCSF School of Medicine
Workshops: Qualitative Analysis Methods & Scholarly Writing

We encourage participants to consider this year-long MERC experience as an opportunity to meet and collaborate with other interested medical educators. Participants will be encouraged to form project teams during the October 2016 MERC workshops, and CLIME plans to support and mentor these teams through our monthly Work-in-Progress sessions.

Space is limited to 30 participants*.
To indicate your interest in the MERC program, please fill out the following Google Form by August 1st:

*In order to foster community and collaboration, priority will be given to participants who intend to complete all 6 sessions this year (October 2016 to October 2017).  Otherwise, participants will be enrolled on a "first-come, first served" basis.  If faculty interest exceeds the available spots, participants will be placed on waiting lists and notified if/when openings become available.

Please contact us at with any questions.