Master Adaptive Learner

Larry Gruppen, PhD

Larry Gruppen, PhD is Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences, University of Michigan Medical School, where he directs the competency-based Master in Health Professions Education program. His research interests center around the development of expertise, knowledge and performance assessment, self-regulated learning and scholarship development.

Master Adaptive Learner

At the core of the Master Adaptive learner model is the concept of self-regulated learning. The model in turn is developed recognizing the four stages of learning theory developed by Zimmerman.  As health profession curricula are driving towards developing life-long learners the Master Adaptive Learner model is an attempt to develop a conceptual framework to show how complex this is.

At the end of the professional development byte you will be able to:

Provide an explanation as to why the Master Adaptive Learner model was developed and what gap it filled in medical education

Apply the Master Adaptive Learner model when educating health care professionals

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Master Adaptive Learner (CME Credit)

Master Adaptive Learner (Non CME Credit)


  1. Cutrer WB, Miller B, Pusic MV, et al  (2016) Fostering the development of master adaptive learners: A conceptual model to guide skill acquisition in medical education. Acad Med. Online ahe. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000001323
  2. White CB, Gruppen LD. (2010) Self-Regulated Learning in Medical Education. In: Understanding Medical Education. Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons; 271-282
  3. Artini AR, Brydges R, Gruppen LD (2015) Self-regulated learning in healthcare profession education; theoretical perspectives and research methods. In: Cleland J, Durning SJ, eds. Researching Medical Education. John Wiley & Sons: 155-166

Release date: June 1, 2017

Expiration date: May 31, 2020

Dr. Gruppen has disclosed he has no relevant financial relationships