Innovations in Education & Research

Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators

The Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators was founded in 2006 by Deans James Madara and Holly J. Humphrey to support and promote research, innovation, and scholarship in medical education at the University of Chicago. The Academy is led by Halina Brukner, MD, Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Medical School Education.

In addition to hosting Medical Education Day, the Academy sponsors faculty development workshops throughout the year and funds scholarship in medical education…



Due to the growing interest of educators and researchers in promoting and sharing innovations in medical education, the Research and Innovations in Medical Education (RIME) Conferences are held monthly bewteen October and June. Building on the long standing tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration at the University, this workshop, sponsored by the Pritzker School of Medicine, brings together a diverse group of educators and researchers across the University of Chicago’s clinical, basic science, and social science departments to share and discuss interesting ongoing innovations and approaches to medical education. Workshops feature both institutional and external educators and researchers whose work is focused on improvements and methods in medical education, including such topics as curriculum development or implementation, competency assessment and evaluation, simulation or observation studies, and policy or ethical dilemmas in medical training.



The MERITS (Medical Education Research, Innovation, Teaching, and Scholarship) Fellowship & Training Programs in Medical Education will provide postgraduate fellows with the conceptual and practical skills required for successful future careers as medical education scholars and leaders. Fellows will participate in a curriculum drawn from the various fields to develop innovative teaching methods, and undertake successful program implementation and evaluation. The goal of MERITS is to develop educational leaders and scholars through participation in a focused curriculum, research in medical education workshops, mentored projects, and active engagement with a rich network of colleagues and faculty in an environment of collaborative learning and support.



The Center for Healthcare Delivery Science & Innovation was created to establish UCM as a leader in the emerging field where science and healthcare delivery intersect by:

  • Improving the quality, safety, patient experience and value of care by helping care teams identify research questions and design research
  • using advanced electronic health record systems and other internal and external data sets to improve the quality and value of health care we deliver
  • Influencing national perspective by encouraging researchers to publish their findings, to speak at conferences and to serve on health policy boards
  • educating healthcare professionals how findings from health care delivery science research can be applied in their practices
  • engaging a multidisciplinary team of researchers to conduct health care delivery science at UCM
  • sharing our discoveries with the community and across the country partnering with schools across University of Chicago as well as other institutions and corporations


Resident/Fellow Engagement in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

  • Interdepartmental Quality & Safety Curriculum was co-created by hospital and GME leaders and designed to provide foundational quality and safety knowledge for all incoming trainees. It is offered live in many programs and also online with CME credit for faculty.
  • The Quality Symposium is open to all residents and fellows who are encouraged to submit their QI projects.  In addition, residents and fellows are invited to submit their ideas for value improvement to the Choosing Wisely Challenge.  Winners receive mentorship, and analytic and IT support. All residents and fellows are eligible for travel grants to present their QI scholarship.  Guidance to disseminate QI work is also available.
  •  Pursuing Excellence Programs at University of Chicago: The University of Chicago Medicine is one of eight institutions selected for the ACGME Pursuing Excellence initiative, which aim to transform clinical learning environments.  Our programs, IGNITE (Improving GME Nursing Interprofessional Team Experiences) and ECLIPSE (Educational and Clinical Leaders Improving Performance with Structured E3) Certification, aim to engage residents and fellows in inteprofessional performance improvement teams. 

Support for Resident/Fellow Research

  • SPORT: The Summer Program in Outcomes Research Training (SPORT) provides an intensive introduction to outcomes research for residents, fellows and junior faculty and includes coursework in health services research, biostatistics, research methods, and clinical epidemiology.
  • Literature Search and Reference Management Support: The Crerar Library offers consultation for literature searches and also provide guidance on citation management tools.
  • The Institutional Review Board for University of Chicago offers free training for those residents/fellows actively involved in clinical research so they can be named on IRB protocols.
  • Biostatistics Clinic: Residents and Fellows can access a limited number of hours of biostatistical support through the Public Health Sciences biostatistical clinic page.
  • Short-Term Pilot Grants: Residents and Fellows can apply for grant funding for research projects through the Institute for Translational Medicine.