Ashley Grantham, PhD
Duke Academy for Health Professions Education and Academic Development (Duke AHEAD) has awarded Duke Anesthesiology’s Ashley Grantham, PhD, and co-investigators a $5,000 research and innovations grant for her project, titled “The development, implementation, and evaluation of a learning community to support education research in the health professions.” This funding is aimed at improving health professions education through innovative approaches to instruction or assessment. Co-principal investigators include Deborah Engle, EdD, MS, and Kyle Covington, PT, DPT, PhD.
According to the project proposal, health professions education (HPE) research has the ability to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the health professions by providing insight into effective strategies, programs and practices. These findings have the ability to impact not only learner outcomes but patient outcomes as well (O’Sullivan & Irby, 2011). However, research in health professions education sometimes lacks the rigor found in traditional education research and clinical and basic science research.
Drs. Grantham, Engle and Covington assert that professional development devoted to HPE education, research and design will help increase participants’ knowledge of solid education research design and methodologies, addressing some of the needs established in the literature on HPE.
The investigators specifically aim to implement an interprofessional development program focused on improving the education research knowledge and skills of health professionals and professional staff working in HPE. They plan to use best practices in evaluation to assess the impact of an HPE research professional development program on 1) increasing participant knowledge of education research concepts and practices and 2) fostering research in HPE. They hypothesize that participation in this program will increase participant knowledge of education research concepts and scholarly productivity in the area of health professions education research.