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Medical Education Services: Educational Scholarship

Resources and services to enhance teaching and learning in biomedicine at Yale


Most databases have an option to save a literature search and have new results delivered to you via email at intervals of your choosing.  Ask your librarian for advice on setting up auto-alerts or other methods to keep current on a topic of interest.

Consultation Services

Contact Judy Spak if you would like to set up a consultation to search the medical education literature efficiently and effectively.

Getting Started

The articles below are a good starting point when considering a project in educational scholarship.

This e-book, consisting entirely of Last Pages, provides over 40 one-page primers on topics related to medical education research. Last Pages in the e-book explore every stage of research from developing research questions, finding secondary data sources, and working in collaborations, to defining response rate, writing revisions, and promoting your published work.

An overview of medical education scholarship for early career scholars.

A brief list of practical considerations when starting a medical education research project.

A one-page guide to effectively search the medical education literature.

A classic article on standards of excellence for education scholarship.


Consider these terms when searching the medical education literature

Each database employs a different algorithm to search. Some databases use a controlled vocabulary (e.g., MeSH - medical subject headings) while others utilize textwords.  Below are some general terms to consider when beginning your literature searches.  Often, you will need to use a combination of controlled vocabulary and textword searching to conduct a thorough search of the literature. For assistance in searching the education literature effectively, contact Judy Spak.

  • medical education
    •  undergraduate medical education
    •  graduate medical education
    •  continuing medical education
    •  internship and residency

  • medical student
  • intern
  • resident
  • PGY1, PGY2, etc.

  • curriculum
  • teaching
  • faculty

  • problem based learning or problem-based learning or PBL
  • team based learning or team-based learning or TBL
  • interprofessional learning or interprofessional relations
  • clinical competence
  • small group learning or small-group learning
  • case based learning or case-based learning

  • patient simulation
  • computer assisted instruction or computer-assisted instruction
  • educational technology

  • educational measurement
  • program evaluation

Related Guides: Systematic Review Services at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

Systematic Reviews in Medical Education

Here are some articles related to conducting systematic reviews in medical education.


Comments/Questions contact:

Caitlin Meyer

Judy Spak

Lei Wang


Selected Databases

Featured Resources

These sites include searchable databases of image files, assessments and simulations for download and use in teaching. The teaching materials listed are peer-reviewed and some also contain user ratings.

**Consider these outlets when choosing a place to publish your educational output.**


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