Building and executing a research agenda toward conducting implementation science in medical education

Patricia A. Carney, Gerald E. Crites, Karen H. Miller, Michelle Haight, Dimitrios Stefanidis, Eileen Cichoskikelly, David W. Price, Modupeola O. Akinola, Victoria C. Scott, Summers Kalishman

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Background: Implementation science (IS) is the study of methods that successfully integrate best evidence into practice. Although typically applied in healthcare settings to improve patient care and subsequent outcomes, IS also has immediate and practical applications to medical education toward improving physician training and educational outcomes. The objective of this article is to illustrate how to build a research agenda that focuses on applying IS principles in medical education. Approach: We examined the literature to construct a rationale for using IS to improve medical education. We then used a generalizable scenario to step through a process for applying IS to improve team-based care. Perspectives: IS provides a valuable approach to medical educators and researchers for making improvements in medical education and overcoming institution-based challenges. It encourages medical educators to systematically build upon the research outcomes of others to guide decision-making while evaluating the successes of best practices in individual environments and generate additional research questions and findings. Conclusions: IS can act as both a driver and a model for educational research to ensure that best educational practices are easier and faster to implement widely.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number32405
JournalMedical Education Online
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016


  • Best educational practices
  • Curriculum development
  • Educational research
  • Team-based care
  • Undergraduate/ graduate medical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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