Larry Gruppen, PhD

Dr. Larry Gruppen - Quality of Med Ed Research - Faculty Bytes

Larry Gruppen, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences at the 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.

Linking education to outcomes

In this professional development byte, Dr. Gruppen discusses the question of whether medical education improves patient care. The common assumption is that education is necessary for healthcare delivery. He discusses the outcomes of a few notable studies as well as some methodological issues to consider.

At the end of the professional development byte, you will:

  • Identify factors to be considered when assessing the link between education and patient outcomes

Watch this professional development byte:


  • Bzowyckyj A.S., Dow A., Knab M.S. Evaluating the Impact of Educational Interventions on Patients and Communities. Acad Med. 2017;XX(X):1. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000001718.
  • Tamblyn R., Abrahamowicz M., Dauphinee D., et al. Physician scores on a national clinical skills examination as predictors of complaints to medical regulatory authorities. JAMA. 2007;298:993-1001.
  • Asch D., Nicholson S., Srinivas S.K., Herrin J., Epstein A.J. How Do You Deliver a Good Obstetrician? Outcome-Based Evaluation of Medical Education. Acad Med. 2014;89(1):24-26. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000000067.

Dr. Gruppen has disclosed he has no relevant financial relationships.