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    Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) Program


    The Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program is intended to provide the knowledge necessary to understand the purposes and processes of medical education research, to become informed consumers of the medical education research literature, and to be effective collaborators in medical education research. Alone, MERC is not intended to produce independent medical education researchers. 

    The program is open to all who are interested in improving their educational research skills and is targeted for those with a background in medical education but relatively less experience in conducting educational research. The courses are targeted for clinicians and other educators who desire to learn research skills that will enable collaborative participation in medical education research projects.


    Each three-hour workshop focuses on a key skill or area in educational research, emphasizes opportunities for hands-on activities and active participation so as to maximize the applicability of the workshop principles. Six workshops of the participant's choosing must be completed to qualify for the certificate. These can be taken in any order.  Read the workshop descriptions

    Register for an upcoming virtual workshop.

    Certificate Registration

    Those interested in receiving a MERC Certificate must complete six (6) workshops. In order to receive a MERC Certificate, you must first complete six (6) workshops. Upon completion, you may request your certificate. Certificates are sent via email at the end of each month. There is no fee associated with the certificates at this time.

    Cancellation Policy

    If there are fewer than 8 people registered for the MERC workshop by the deadline, the workshop will be canceled. You will be notified and your money refunded.

    Resources & Additional Information

    MERC Contacts


    Jean Bailey, PhD
    Associate Dean for Faculty Development
    Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine

    AAMC Staff