An innovative program for physicians and healthcare professionals who want to lead the way in medical education

The Medical Education (Med Ed) master's program is a unique collaboration between physician educators and education experts. We provide a comprehensive, innovative curriculum designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals who want to pursue master-level training, evidence-based education, educational scholarship, and educational technologies. Our approach—brief on-site intensives paired with flexible distance learning—accommodates professionals from a broad geographic area.

What Sets Us Apart

3 collaborators A collaboration of Penn GSE, Perelman School of Medicine at Penn, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  Designed to work with students' busy clinical, administrative, and educational commitments
  Created by physicians and education professionals who collaborate on all aspects of the program

About the Program

The Medical Education master’s program prepares healthcare professionals to be teachers of medical educators, educational scholars, and leaders who influence and inspire others to learn in undergraduate and graduate medical and healthcare programs. Our two-year program trains physicians and other healthcare professionals in the science of education while remaining solidly grounded in the medical environment. The executive format includes on-site classes over long weekends, independent study, and online sessions.  

Entry term(s)
Fall
Course requirements
10 credit units, 4 learning blocks
Typical course load

1 block per semester

Duration of program
2 years

Culminating experienceMaster's capstone

Format(s)
  • Executive-Style
Programs for Working Professionals
Overview

Participants complete four learning blocks over four semesters: Learning and Technology, Educational Research, Leadership, and Master’s Capstone. Virtual coaching clinics are coordinated with each of the program blocks. These clinics hone students’ online teaching abilities and collaborative learning skills, and help students complete their block assignments.

Prepare to teach medical educators: Gain an understanding of how adults learn, how to develop effective and efficient educational experiences in medical education, and how to teach others to do the same. Prepare to take on the many challenges facing medical educators, including assessment, curricular design, and integrating educational technologies into all types of learning experiences.

Become a medical education researcher: Gain the skills and knowledge to meet the growing need for research and innovation in medical education. Learn how to evaluate programs and publish your research in this area.

Grow into a leadership role at your healthcare organization or medical school: Influence and inspire others to learn. Develop the leadership competencies to plan, implement, and maintain successful, sustainable programs. Acquire leadership skills and tools that are highly relevant to medical education.

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Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to integrate the expertise of professional educators with the perspective of clinicians. Created for adult learners, the program is active, engaging, and experiential. We provide the newest thinking and scholarship in a variety of learning formats.

Our Master of Education (M.S.Ed.) requires completion of four blocks, each composed of on-site large-group and synchronous remote small-group sessions in the following areas:

  • Learning and Technology: The Learning and Technology block introduces participants to theories of, and research on, learning, curriculum, instruction and technology in medical education. It connects the theories and research to learning and technology practices in the academic medical and healthcare contexts. In addition, participants will develop a deeper understanding of common educational challenges such as learner assessment, curricular development, and pedagogical techniques.
  • Educational Research: Inquiry and investigation are central to refining and advancing education in medicine and healthcare. Leaders in medical education must also be skilled in program evaluation, which requires research. During the course of the Educational Research block, participants will become familiar with evaluation tools and techniques, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, and pragmatic aspects of educational scholarship such as proposal development and publishing research.
  • Leadership: The Leadership block provides an opportunity to explore concepts such as emotional intelligence, how to influence and motivate others, group and classroom dynamics, power dynamics, organizational change, and the impact of organizational culture on leading and learning in complex systems. Central to this block is the understanding that people with advanced training in education will be called upon to develop and administer programs, which requires leadership skills that few in medicine are ever taught.
  • Master’s Capstone: The Master’s Capstone allows students to design their own paper and/or project based on needs in their individual workplaces. The project/paper structure is clearly outlined by program directors and supported through synchronous and asynchronous online sessions with faculty and students.

Virtual coaching clinics are coordinated with each of the four blocks of the program, and there are three or four clinics per block. The clinics hone students’ online teaching abilities and collaborative learning skills, and help students complete their block assignments. Clinic time is an essential part of teaching and learning in medical education, and coaching supports knowledge retention and skill acquisition. By harnessing technology, the Med Ed program provides students with small group teaching and learning experiences in the virtual world, overseen by experienced and trained coaches.

For information on courses and requirements, visit the Medical Education M.S.Ed. program in the University Catalog.

Schedule

Block 

Week One 

Week Two 

Leadership 

September 12 - 15, 2019 

October 24 - 27, 2019 

Master’s Capstone II     

February 6 – 7, 2020 

March 5 – 6, 2020 

  

Block 

Week One 

Week Two 

Learning &Technology 

September 10 - 13, 2020 

October 22 - 25, 2020 

Educational Research 

February 4 - 7, 2021 

March 18 - 21, 2021 

Master’s Capstone  I    

July 22 - 25, 2021 

  

Leadership 

September 23 - 26, 2021 

Nov. 4 - 7, 2021 

Master’s Capstone II     

TBD 

 TBD 

Graduation 2022 

May 16, 2022 

  

Our Faculty

Penn GSE Faculty Dorene Balmer
Director of Research on Pediatric Education at The Children’s Hospital Philadelphia
Ph.D., Temple University
Penn GSE Faculty Kandi J. Wiens
Senior Fellow
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Allison Ballantine
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania
M.D., Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
Penn GSE Faculty Annie McKee
Senior Fellow
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Penn GSE Faculty Yasmin B. Kafai
Lori and Michael Milken President’s Distinguished Professor
Ed.D., Harvard University
Penn GSE Faculty Donald Boyer
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Critical Care, and Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine
M.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Dana Kaminstein
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Penn GSE
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Sharon M. Ravitch
Professor of Practice
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Kenwyn Smith
Professor of Organizational Behavior, Penn Social Policy & Practice
Ph.D., Yale University

Affiliated Faculty

Rajesh Aggarwal
Professor of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
M.D., Royal Free Hospital and University College London Medical School

Quinn Bauriedel
Co-Artistic Director, Pig Iron Theatre Company
Diploma, Theatre, Ecole Jacques Lecoq

Abigail Gray
Senior Researcher, Consortium for Policy Research in Education
 Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Fran Johnston
Founder and CEO, Teleos Leadership Institute
Ph.D., Temple University

Jennifer R. Kogan
Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
M.D., University of Pennsylvania

Alexandra Michel
Adjunct Professor, Penn GSE
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Mario Moussa
President, Moussa Consulting
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Leslie K. Nabors Olah
Adjunct Associate Professor
Ed.D. Harvard University

James P. Orlando
Chief Graduate Medical Education Officer and ACGME DIO, St. Luke’s University Health Network
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania

Matthew Riggan
Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Workshop School
 Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Gregory Shea
Adjunct Professor of Management, The Wharton School, Aresty Institute of Executive Education
Ph.D., Yale University

Judy A. Shea
Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Greg Urban
Arthur Hobson Quinn Professor of Anthropology, Penn Arts & Sciences
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Chicago

Lara Varpio
Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of Research, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
 Ph.D., University of Waterloo

Program Directors & Staff

Kandi Wiens, M.B.A., Ed.D.
Program Director

Allison Ballantine, M.D., M.Ed.
Program Director

Laura Kitson
Associate Director
lckitson@upenn.edu

Jessica Hall
Administrative Coordinator
hallje@upenn.edu

April Coleman
Administrative Assistant
aprilc@gse.upenn.edu

Sean P. Harbison, MD

"I wanted to make myself the best teacher and clinician I could be."

Sean P. Harbison, MD

Medical Education M.S.Ed., 2018

Our Graduates

The Medical Education master's program is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals who have, or are interested in pursuing, positions in educational leadership—such as program directors, fellowship directors, clerkship directors, or those with responsibilities in undergraduate or graduate medical education or faculty development. In addition, the program is tailored to meet the needs of healthcare professionals interested in a specific facet of medical education, such as simulation, research and scholarship, program evaluation, learner assessment, or leading learning efforts in complex systems. Our program strongly emphasizes equipping graduates to serve as leaders and resources within their institutions.

Alumni Careers

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Pediatric Cardiologist, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Professor of Nutrition/Associate Dean of Education, University of Pennsylvania
  • Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency, SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital
  • Residency Program Director, University of Pennsylvania

Admissions & Financial Aid

Please visit our Admissions and Financial Aid pages for specific information on the application requirements, as well as information on tuition, fees, financial aid, scholarships, and fellowships.

Contact Information

Contact us if you have any questions about the program.

Office of Admissions and
Financial Aid

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania
3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-6415
admissions@gse.upenn.edu
finaid@gse.upenn.edu

Program Contact

Laura Kitson
Associate Director
(215) 573-0591
meded@gse.upenn.edu

Please view information from our Admissions and Financial Aid Office for specific information on the cost of this program.

Most students in this program fund their degree through a combination of personal resources, employer benefits, and student loans.

A Unique Synergy

The Medical Education master’s program offers a unique synergy between the educational and academic medical realms. The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have come together to provide program participants access to educational expertise steeped in a thoroughly medical context. 

Penn GSE

The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education is one of three Ivy League graduate schools of education and is a national leader in education research and the preparation of skilled education professionals.

Perelman School of Medicine

The University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. 

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Since its start in 1855 as the nation's first hospital devoted exclusively to caring for children, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has been the birthplace for many dramatic firsts in pediatric medicine.