Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education

The Association of American Medical Colleges seeks a Senior Director of Medical Education Research for a newly created leadership role in its Medical Education cluster. The Senior Director, Medical Education Research, will work closely with the Chief Medical Education Officer to develop, implement, and execute research studies to fulfill the AAMC’s strategy of advancing medical education and medical education scholarship. He or she will develop and lead a research program focused on assessing educational outcomes across the continuum of medical education. To be successful in this role, the Senior Director will be expected to work collaboratively with AAMC colleagues and constituents. The Senior Director will also establish and advance relationships with key partner organizations (ACCME, ACGME, NBME, etc.) to identify opportunities for data sharing and collaborative research.

This position will involve frequent, high-level interaction with medical school faculty and staff, health professional schools and associations, and will guide medical education scholarship on a national level.

Medical Education Research Duties

Lead the design, development, and implementation of an organization-wide program of medical education research, including, but not limited to, the following:

o AAMC-led research studies utilizing existing data sources and/or new data collections
o Collaborative research studies with medical educators in AAMC member organizations and institutions
o Collaborative research studies with key AAMC affinity and advisory groups including GEA, GRMC, GIR, and, CIRG o Collaborative research studies and data sharing opportunities with key partner organizations (ACCME, ACGME,


  •   Identify and oversee efforts to obtain external funding in support of AAMC medical education research priorities

  •   Conduct literature reviews and perform statistical analyses of primary and secondary data to advance medical education


  •   Disseminate research results to AAMC constituents, policymakers, and the public via peer-reviewed journals, AAMC

    publications, presentations, and other venues

  •   Work collaboratively with AAMC’s strategic communications and publishing teams to maximize visibility and positioning of AAMC

    research efforts

  •   Serve as a resource to the medical education research community. Encourage and guide research and evaluation activities to

    identify emerging data and research needs for the advancement of medical education

  •   Supervise research director and data analyst

    Faculty Development in Educational Research

Responsible for leading and advising faculty development in educational research for AAMC constituents
o Support the continuing development of the AAMC Medical Education Research Certificate Program (MERC) in

collaboration with the MERC steering committee and AAMC’s learning designers, particularly to plan new workshops

and dissemination methods
Identify new opportunities for faculty development in medical education research in the medical education community and work

collaboratively with AAMC’s Learning, Leadership, and Evaluation cluster to implement projects to address community needs

Medical Education Research Liaison Responsibilities

  •   Act as AAMC’s ex officio member of the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education (SDRME)

  •   In collaboration with staff leads from Educational Affairs unit, provide expertise and support to the RIME Program Planning


  •   Establish a thought leader presence at AAMC to integrate medical education research into AAMC initiatives


Terminal degree required in medical education research field (MD, PhD or EdD). At least 10 years professional experience in the field of medical education. Requires a record of scholarly achievement, evidenced by publication in peer-reviewed journals and data reports. Demonstrated ability to develop, manage, and complete multiple high-visibility projects in a team environment, whether working as a team member or team lead. Documented track record of strategic thinking and problem solving.

Special knowledge and skills:

  •   Extensive experience in medical education research and credibility with the medical education community

  •   Expertise in managing projects and/or a team and working collaboratively

  •   Proven ability to develop, implement, and execute research studies

  •   Ability to integrate medical education research initiatives across AAMC activities including clinical care, academic affairs,

    scientific affairs, and diversity

  •   Competency in fostering strategic partnerships and collaborations with external organizations and constituents

  •   Exemplary leadership characteristics, including the ability to strategize, empower others, delegate authority, establish and work

    within flexible lines of accountability, strive to make change, and focus on people

  •   Creative and strategic thinking with proven ability to see the big picture, set priorities, and deliver results

  •   Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a diverse and rapid-paced professional environment

  •   Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Track record of cogent and persuasive scholarly writing

  •   Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research, including research design, methods, validation of data integrity, data analysis

    and report writing

  •   Skilled in preparing, reviewing, and editing research manuscripts, reports and informational documents

  •   Ability to create and monitor work plans that result in quality products completed on time

    Interested candidates should submit a CV along with 3-4 professional references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. Applications will be accepted through June 16th, 2017. The AAMC commits to the full confidentiality of any interested individuals.

    About the AAMC

    The AAMC serves a vital purpose as the nation’s voice for America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals. These institutions play a crucial role in our nation’s health care by training the next generation of doctors, discovering new medical knowledge, and providing superior clinical care. The work of the AAMC and its employees supports our member institutions and constituents. The AAMC represents all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 major teaching hospitalsandhealthsystems, including51DepartmentofVeteransAffairsmedicalcenters;andnearly90academicandscientific societies.

    The AAMC’s strong sense of community and professionalism fosters an environment that supports the career and personal goals ofits staff.Thenumbersspeakforthemselvesinjust10years,ourstaffhasmorethandoubled,manyfromreferralsbycurrent employees. Throughdevelopmentopportunities,employeesupportandactivitygroups,andotherresources,employeescanwork in an environment where innovation and new ideas are encouraged.

    How to Apply:

    To express interest in this opportunity, please upload your resume to the position number 10002512 on our careers website. To nominate an individual, please include the nominee’s contact information and send electronically to Kelsey Shamburger, Recruiter, at Referrals are greatly appreciated. This search will be carried out with full confidentiality.