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Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education

The Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education periodically sponsors the preparation of a paper summarizing a review of the literature on a timely topic in medical education. An annual call for invited review proposals is announced and submissions are reviewed by the Invited Review Selection Committee.

Click here to view the 2018 RFA. Deadline: Sept. 4, 2018
Here is an example of a successful proposal (from 2008)
Here is another successful proposal (from 2012)
Here is a successful proposal from 2013
Here is another successful proposal from 2013
Here is an example Budget Justification

The commissioned reviews to date are listed below.

Funded Work in Progress

Year of Award: Authors and Title:
2017Lorelei A. Lingard
Assessment beyond the individual: A scoping review on measuring interdependent performance in collaborative environments
2017Kevin Eva
Incentivizing Medical Teachers: Exploring the role of incentives in influencing clinicians’ motivations to teach
2016Jonathan Ilgen
Knowing Enough to Act: Exploring the tension between certainty and flexibility in clinical reasoning
2016Gisèle Bourgeois-Law
Remediation of Practicing Physicians: A Scoping Review
2015Adam Sawatsky (Mayo Clinic)
Instruments for measuring self-directed learning and self-regulated learning in health professions education: a systematic review
2015Justin L. Sewell (University of California San Francisco)
Cognitive load theory in the workplace and implications for health professions education: A critical‐realist review of studies among diverse professions
2014Bridget O'Brien
Situated learning theory in health professions education research: A scoping review
2013Shelley Ross
Practical Application of Motivation Theory to Health Professions Education: A Scoping Review and Examples for Practice
2013Meredith Young
How Do We Measure How We Think? A Scoping Review on the Measurement of Clinical Reasoning
2012Hollis Day
Assessment of Team Competencies in Practice: Implications for Medical Education
2011Abby L. Spencer (Allegheny General Hospital and Temple University College of Medicine)
Incorporating Patient Safety Education into Residency Training: A Literature Review
2011Anna T. Cianciolo (Southern Illinois University School of Medicine)
An Integrative, Multi-Disciplinary Review of Small-Group Collaborative Learning
2010Gilbert Ramirez
A Systematic Review of Social Accountability in Medical Education.
2008Jon Veloski
Methods Used to Measure Physician Performance in Clinical Simulations

Published Work

Year of Award: Authors and Title:
2016J. Matthew Fields
Ultrasonography in undergraduate medical education: A systematic review
J Ultrasound Med. (online ahead of print, 2018 Apr 30)

Proposal title: Ultrasonography as an adjunct in undergraduate medical education: A systematic review

2014Monica Yepes-Rios
The failure to fail underperforming trainees in health professions education: A BEME systematic review
Medical Teacher 2016;38:1092-1099

Proposal title: Failure to Fail Underperforming Trainees in Health Professions: A BEME Scoping Review of the Barriers Inhibiting Educators

2012Jorie Colbert‐Getz
Assessing medical students' and residents' perceptions of the learning environment: exploring validity evidence for the interpretation of scores from existing tools.
Acad Med. 2014;89:1687-93

Proposal title: Tools to measure the learning environment in medical education: A systematic review of validity evidence

2010Gingerich A, Regehr G, Eva KW.
Rater-based assessments as social judgments: rethinking the etiology of rater errors.
Acad Med. 2011;86(10 Suppl):S1-7.

Proposal title: Towards a reduction of rater errors by better understanding rater cognition (Andrea Gingerich, Dave Snadden, Glenn Regehr, Kevin Eva)

2009Bridget OBrien et al
Standards for Reporting Qualitative Research: A Synthesis of Recommendations
Acad Med. 2014 Jun 20. [Epub ahead of print]

Proposal title: A Systematic Review of the Quality of Reporting on Qualitative Research in Medical Education

2009Murad MH, Coto-Yglesias F, Varkey P, Prokop LJ, Murad AL.
The effectiveness of self-directed learning in health professions education: a systematic review.
Medical Education. 2010 Nov;44(11):1057-68.
2009Mookherjee & Chou
Physical examination education in graduate medical education-a systematic review of the literature
J Gen Intern Med. 2013; 28:1090-9
2008Huggett KN, Greenberg RB, Rao D, Richards B, Chauvin SW, Fulton TB, Kalishman S, Littlefield J, Perkowski L, Robins L, Simpson D
The design and utility of institutional teaching awards: A literature review
Med Teach. 2012;34:907-19

Proposal title:A review of literature on teaching awards (Katie Huggett et al)

2008Cook DA, Erwin P, Triola M.
Computerized Virtual Patients in Health Professions Education: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Academic Medicine. 2010;85:1589-1602.
2003Eva KW, Regehr G.
Self-assessment in the health professions: a reformulation and research agenda.
Academic Medicine 2005; 80(10 Suppl):S46-54
2002Mann KV, Gordon J, MacLeod A.
Reflection and reflective practice in health professions education: a systematic review.
Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2009; 14:595-621
Irby, D. M.
Teaching and learning in ambulatory care settings: a thematic review of the literature.
Academic Medicine 1995; 70:898-931.
Regehr, G. & Norman, G. R.
Issues in cognitive psychology: implications for professional education.
Academic Medicine 1996; 71:988-1001.
Xu, G., Hojat, M., Veloski, J.J., & Gonnella, J.S.
The changing health care system: A research agenda for medical Education.
Evaluation & the Health Professions 1999; 22:152-168.
Bowen JL, Irby D.
Assessing quality and costs of education in the ambulatory setting: a review of the literature.
Academic Medicine 2002; 77:621-80.
Howley L, Szauter K, Perkowski L, Clifton M, McNaughton N.
Quality of standardised patient research reports in the medical education literature: review and recommendations.
Med Ed 2008; 42:350-358.
Albanese, M. A. & Mitchell, S.
Problem-based learning: a review of literature on its outcomes and implementation issues.
Academic Medicine 1993; 68:52-81.