A. Murat Kaynar, MD, MPH, recently participated in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program. The MERC program is a series of six workshops over three separate days in September and October. The workshops, which were sponsored by UPMC Medical Education, are designed to strengthen participants’ knowledge of medical education research and to encourage stronger participation in medical education research.
Kaynar, who is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology and Program Director of the Anesthesiology CCM Fellowship and the IMPACCT Fellowship, joins several other faculty in our Education program who were previously participants in the MERC Program, including Lillian Emlet, MD, MS, FACEP, Melinda Hamilton, MD, MSc, and Jason Moore, MD, MS, who all participated last year.
The participation of these faculty in the MERC program is a concrete example of the Multidisciplinary Critical Care Fellowship Program’s initiative to develop an education research infrastructure that will enable us to critically assess the effectiveness of our educational activities. We anticipate that our teaching faculty will continue to participate in this and other medical education research programs.