Medical education practice-based research networks: Facilitating collaborative research

Alan Schwartz, Robin Young, Patricia J. Hicks, For Appd Learn

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Background: Research networks formalize and institutionalize multi-site collaborations by establishing an infrastructure that enables network members to participate in research, propose new studies, and exploit study data to move the field forward. Although practice-based clinical research networks are now widespread, medical education research networks are rapidly emerging.Aims: In this article, we offer a definition of the medical education practice-based research network, a brief description of networks in existence in July 2014 and their features, and a more detailed case study of the emergence and early growth of one such network, the Association of Pediatric Program Directors Longitudinal Educational Assessment Research Network (APPD LEARN).Methods: We searched for extant networks through peer-reviewed literature and the world-wide web.Results: We identified 15 research networks in medical education founded since 2002 with membership ranging from 8 to 120 programs. Most focus on graduate medical education in primary care or emergency medicine specialties.Conclusions: We offer four recommendations for the further development and spread of medical education research networks: increasing faculty development, obtaining central resources, studying networks themselves, and developing networks of networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-74
Number of pages11
JournalMedical Teacher
Volume38
Issue number1
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StatePublished - Jan 2 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Medical education practice-based research networks : Facilitating collaborative research. / Schwartz, Alan; Young, Robin; Hicks, Patricia J.; Learn, For Appd.

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Schwartz, Alan ; Young, Robin ; Hicks, Patricia J. ; Learn, For Appd. / Medical education practice-based research networks : Facilitating collaborative research. In: Medical Teacher. 2016 ; Vol. 38, No. 1. pp. 64-74.
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