The doctoral program in medical and health professions education (PhD or EdD) strives to contribute to the EVMS mission of achieving excellence in medical and health professions education by developing in our graduates the skills necessary to be successful medical and health professions educator scholars in the 21st century.

Graduates of the doctoral program in MHPE are prepared to be contemporary scholars who are:

Knowledgeable educators as evidenced by

  • successfully passing the candidacy exam upon completion of all core and concentration coursework.

Effective scholarly collaborators as evidenced by

  • being one of multiple principle investigators on a grant proposal prepared for submission in year 2.
  • co-authoring a publication while enrolled.
  • co-developing a curriculum component (e.g., needs analysis, assessment of evidence-based instructional methods, development of assessment tool) in year 1.
  • co-teaching in an MHPE environment in year 1.
  • being a contributing member of an EVMS group (e.g., Educational Scholarship Day planning committee, Academy of Educators, Community of Practice for Educational Scholarship) while enrolled.

Skilled communicators as evidenced by

  • producing a coherent and convincing written research proposal at the end of the second summer semester.
  • disseminating work in a scholarly forum outside of EVMS within 12 months of completion of work.
  • communicating to the lay public by preparing a project outcomes report summary of work for publication on EVMS-affiliated media in year 3.
  • presenting oral summation of work at EVMS Educational Scholarship Day in year 3.

Leading contributors to MHPE as evidenced by

  • adherence to legal and ethical practices at all times.
  • leading MHPE journal club sessions in year 1.
  • student membership in one or more MHPE-related professional organizations.
  • a record of voluntary service to an MHPE-related professional organization in years 2 and 3.
  • service on an EVMS committee while enrolled.

Reflective life-long learners as evidenced by

  • compilation of a doctoral portfolio comprising scholarly artifacts aligned to workforce requirements of the student’s self-identified professional path.