Educational research initiatives at the Heersink School of Medicine create, implement, evaluate, and share projects to advance training locally, and subsequently improve outcomes in each of these areas.

Ongoing projects in educational research explore trainee wellbeing, methods for trainee enrichment, grading validity and reliability, educator development, best practices in admissions and enrollment management, predicting trainee performance, and improving clinical skills. Recent work from our educational researchers have been published in Academic Medicine, Medical Education, and Medical Science Educator, among others.  

New projects can be submitted by staff, faculty, and trainees from undergraduate and graduate medical education for review by the Medical Education Research Committee for proposal development and feedback, as well as regulatory pre-review.

Educational Research currently includes active collaboration with multiple health professions schools across UAB and all our regional campuses via the Medical Education Journal Club, led by Medical Education Research Committee and the Medical and Health Professions Education Research Group (MedEd RIG), a collaboration of faculty, staff, and trainees with an interest in Medical Education research and scholarship.  MedEd RIG’s monthly meetings are designed provide an open, supportive forum to share ideas and updates in medical education research and practice, as well as give feedback on research proposals and ideas. For further information or to be added to the MedEd RIG listserv, contact Anne Zinski at