Office for Scholarship in Learning and Education Research

The mission of the Office for Scholarship in Learning and Education Research (OSLER) is to provide leadership for and build capacity to  cutting edge educational research.


To fulfill our mission, OSLER aims to:

  • Foster an environment that allows educational research discoveries to quickly and efficiently develop into teaching and learning benefits
  • Provide consulting services, governance, resources, and collaboration opportunities
  • Identify and lead strategic educational research initiatives that link with institutional priorities

Awards were presented by Drs. Haidet and Thompson on October 22, 2015

Scholarship in Education Award

Penn State College of Medicine Scholarship in Education Award is designed to recognize scholarly contributions to education by Penn State University College of Medicine faculty during the preceding year. To receive this award, faculty submit a written synopsis of a scholarly teaching activity. Each synopsis is peer reviewed by an internal committee as well as three national education experts external to Penn State. The Scholarship in Education Award therefore represents an important external validation of each recipient's scholarly contributions to education.

2016 Scholarship in Education application deadline – by 11:59 p.m., June 1, 2016

Prepare your application at one of the SiE Boot Camps:

  • Tuesday, April 5, 1:30-4:30 p.m. – Room T2500
  • Friday, May 6, 1:30-4:30 p.m. – Room C5702

Past Scholarship in Education Award Recipients

Left to right: Jeanine Beatty-Chadha, M.Ed., Terry Wolpaw, MD, MHPE, Cayla Teal, PhD, MA, Paul Haidet, MD, MPH, Britta Thompson, PhD, MS,, Jennifer Meka, PhD

Cayla R. Teal, Ph.D., M.A.,

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

Dr. Teal was the plenary speaker at the 2nd Annual M.D. Curriculum Overview Retreat: Assessment, on October 22, 2015 at the Penn State University Conference Center in Hershey, PA.

Her presentation was entitled: Assessment: It's not WHAT they know, it's how they USE what they know!

Media Site link to her presentation available soon!

SiE Boot Camp - 2015

 (next years Boot Camp will be April 5, 2016)

Workshop conducted to introduce participants to the Glassick's Criteria, which is used as a basis for selecting awardees for the Scholarship in Education Award. (May 2015)

Dan Pratt, Ph.D. -- Lecture: Take Steps to Enhance Your Scholarly Activities in 2015

This lecture focused on findings related to prior knowledge, emotions, testing, and feedback that can be adapted to every style and every perspective on scholarly teaching.

Click HERE to view Media Site of Dr. Pratt's Lecture

Boyd Richards, Ph.D. -- Lecture: Medical Education Scholarship in 2015: The Expanding Horizon.

This lecture focused on the role of community engagement in educational scholarship and the application of Glassick's criteria in effective scholarship across the lifespan of the clinician educator.

Click HERE to view Media Site of Dr. Richard's Lecture

Boyd Richards, Ph.D. -- Workshop: From the Horizon to the Foreground: Planning Your Own Scholarship Now!

The differences between using a scholarly approach and doing educational scholarship were highlighted in this workshop. Participants learned helpful techniques on identifying and planning personal opportunities to engage in educational scholarship. 

Lecture and workshop were both presented by Boyd Richards, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Education Research and Evaluation, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY, NY.  (February 2015)

Program Evaluation:  Learning how to determine whether your course, clerkship, or residency training innovation is "successful" (January 2015)

Presented by Steven J. Durning, MD, Ph.D, FACP, Professor of Medicine and Pathology; Director, Introduction to Clinical Reasoning Course; Director, Graduate Programs in Health Professions Education at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

Participants received illustrations of questions that could be posed to examine for both short-term and long-term educational program success.  In addition, types of data that could be collected as well as methods for analyzing the collected data was shared.  A framework of Before-During-After was shared as a method of determining if an educational program was "successful".

Publishing Your Teaching Innovations (November & December 2014)

Presented by Klara K. Papp, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Assessment and Program Evaluation, Co-Director, OSLER 

This workshop was designed for faculty interested in publishing educational innovations in peer-reviewed literature. Participants learned about key criteria for writing up a manuscript of their innovations for increasing the likelihood of getting it accepted for publication.

Getting Started with Education Scholarship: Asking the Questions and Planning the First Steps (August & October 2014)

Presented by Paul Haidet, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Medical Education Research

This workshop was intended for busy faculty members experiencing the pressures of teaching in addition to their clinical, administrative and research responsibilities. Participants focused on first steps in building scholarship into already-planned teaching activities, using the principle of "making it count twice." Through a series of hands-on activities, participants considered important concepts in formulating a focused and relevant question, and developing a plan to collect data that can be used in scholarly communications and presentations.  Participants were invited to come to the workshop considering their teaching activities with ideas for possible scholarly pursuits.


Contact Information

Penn State College of Medicine
Office of Medical Education, H123
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033

717-531-0003, Ext. 280809 – Office
717-531-4786 – Fax

To contact OLSER, email: edresearch@hmc.psu.edu




Paul Haidet, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of Medical Education Research

Paul M. Haidet, M.D., M.P.H., is a graduate of Penn State, where he earned his BS and MD degrees and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine. He left Penn State in 1995 to pursue fellowship training in general internal medicine and a master's degree in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health. After that, he spent 11 years on the faculty of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, before returning to Penn State in 2009 as a professor in the departments of Medicine, Humanities, and Public Health Sciences. Dr. Haidet has published widely on a variety of topics related to education and teaching, communication, and the humanistic care of patients, and he has won a number of regional, national, and international awards for his work. He is a past president of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, and has served on the editorial board of the journal Medical Education.

717-531-0003, Ext. 285218


Britta M. Thompson, Ph.D, M.S.
Associate Dean for Learner Assessment and Program Evaluation

Britta M. Thompson earned her B.S. from Kansas State University, her M.S. from the University of Missouri at Columbia and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Texas A&M University. After receiving her Ph.D., she joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in 2004 where she became the Director of Evaluation and Assessment and the Director of the Simulation Program. In 2009, became the Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Director of the Office of Medical Education at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.  In March of 2015, she joined the faculty at Penn State College of Medicine as the Associate Dean for Learner Assessment and Program Evaluation. Her research interests in medical include evaluating curricular innovations such as Team-Based Learning, assessing cultural competency and the hidden curriculum, evaluating faculty development programs, and evaluating ways to promote student reflection. Through her work, she has been awarded several teaching and educational research awards. Her research has resulted in almost 200 regional and national peer-reviewed and invited presentations and 40 peer-reviewed articles. 

717-531-0003, Ext. 281249


Carol F. Whitfield, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Senior Scholar, OSLER, Professor Emeritus

Carol F. Whitfield, Ph.D., the inaugural Senior Scholar in OSLER, received her Ph.D. degree at George Washington University School of Medicine in physiology and biochemistry.  She was drawn into medical education early in her distinguished career, first as the Director of the Physiology Course, and Director of the Multidisciplinary Labs. She participated in several task forces charged with engaging medical students more actively in learning and introducing innovative educational methods into the curriculum.  Dr. Whitfield, with colleagues, designed and implemented the new PBL track at Penn State College of Medicine, leading to the first hybrid curriculum in medical education. She had many leadership roles and for close to a decade, served as Associate Dean for Pre-clerkship Education and distinguished herself as an excellent educator winning numerous teaching awards.  She provided leadership in the redesign of the curriculum implemented in August 2013.

On the national scene, Dr. Whitfield's numerous contributions relate to investigating the effects of active learning methods in medical education on student achievement and clinical reasoning.  She is a charter member of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) and served on the Board of Directors for several years. She is a reviewer for Academic Medicine and other medical education journals.




Renee D. Seibel

OSLER Administrative Support Coordinator and Medical Student Research Coordinator

Renee earned her BS degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY.  She joined the Department of Medical Education at Penn State College of Medicine in 2011 in a part-time role in the Registrar's Office.  She also participated in the Standardized Patient Program portraying a wide variety of patients during simulated patient encounters with medical students, nurses, Anesthesiologists, physicians, fellows and residents.  She assumed full-time responsibilities as Administrative Support Coordinator for the Office for Scholarship in Learning and Research (OSLER) and the Medical Student Research Program (MSR).  In addition, Renee involves herself in the education of others by performing in skits as part of the Kienle Drama Group in the Humanities Department. 

717-531-0003, Ext. 280809


Chengwu Yang, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.
Measurement Specialist

Chengwu Yang is an experienced psychometrician, measurement specialist, and clinical biostatistician. He earned his M.D. with a minor in Health Statistics from Tongji Medical University in 1993, M.S. in Medical Statistics from Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Sciences in 2000, and Ph.D. in Biostatistics (Psychometrics focus) from Medical University of South Carolina in 2009. Since 2004, Dr. Yang has been focusing on measurement issues in medical sciences, and has been serving as a psychometrician/clinimetrician/measurement specialist on multiple research projects, including the movement disorders society-sponsored revision of the unified Parkinson's disease rating scale (MDS-UPDRS). At Penn State, he collaborates with investigators from in a number of fields, and has been involved in a number of successful grant applications and publications. His interest in medical education has led to several projects which include a recent publication of the Quality of Report Scale (QRS) for radiology residents.



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Opportunities for Disseminating Educational Scholarship 

Award and Grant Opportunities through ASME


Meetings and Conferences

Click here to view a list of associations with educational meetings or conferences 

Peer Review Publications

Click here to view a list of Journals and links to information about authorship 

MedEd Portal

Click here to view a 2 page document about the MedEd Portal

Useful Harrell Library Links for Medical Education Research

Preparing for Your Project


Searching the Medical Education Literature


Selecting Research Methods


Penn State Education DATA REGISTRY 

Information will be forthcoming

OSLER Acknowledgment

Was OSLER helpful in your work?  If so, please acknowledge us with the following statement:

The author(s) acknowledge members of the Penn State Office for Scholarship in Learning and Education Research for their help and support of this work.

Please watch for OSLER offerings such as:

  • Additional links to useful documents, helpful websites, research papers etc.

Please feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation or request information.

Email: edresearch@hmc.psu.edu
Phone: 717-531-0003, Ext. 280809