In May 2014, the Department of Medical Education became the Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS). We are a basic science department focused on the sciences that can make learning effective, routine, and scalable, from individuals up to systems that span states and nations. DLHS engages colleagues across the entire University of Michigan Health Sciences community, the state, the nation, and the globe. 

The department is organized into three sub-units:

  • The Division of Professional Education, which focuses on learning by individuals and teams of care providers
  • The Clinical Simulation Center, which focuses on learning by individuals and teams in environments with advanced simulation technology that model the real world of clinical practice
  • The Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems, which focuses on learning at the levels of complex organizations and large-scale systems that span states and nations



June 1, 2016
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Health Professions Education Day 2016

09:00 AM to 01:00 PM

Michigan League

Health Professions Education Day is an annual event that aims to spark interprofessional collaboration, networking, and inspiration for future research in education across the health sciences at University of Michigan.  


May 19, 2016

Drs. Helen Morgan, David Marzano, & Maya Hammoud publish research on teaching preoperative skills

Helen Morgan, MD, David Marzano, MD, and Maya Hammoud, MD co-authored the article that was recently published in the Journal of Surgical Education. The article aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a preoperative skills curriculum, and to assess and document competence in associated Obstetrics and Gynecology Level 1 Milestones.

May 18, 2016

Recent publication from Drs. Sally Santen & Joel Purkiss on interviewing models for medical school interviews

Sally Santen, MD, PhD and Joel Purkiss, PhD collaborated on the research that was recently published in Academic Medicine. The article describes the hybrid interview format the University of Michigan Medical School implemented in 2014. The interview format combines traditional interview methods with the newer innovative, multisampling interview format.

May 16, 2016

Recent publication from Cheryl Moyer: Explaining Disparities in Use of Skilled Birth Attendants in Developing Countries

Dr. Moyer's article was recently published in PLoS ONE. The article explores the disparities in the use of skilled birth assistants by socioeconomic class and what factors should be further investigated when trying to understand these disparities. 

May 13, 2016

Drs. Joel Purkiss & Michael Hortsch publish research on the outcomes of attending lectures vs. viewing recordings

Joel Purkiss, PhD and Michael Hortsch PhD co-authored the research that was recently published in The FASEB JournalThe article explores the learning outcomes of students attendance in lecture vs. viewing lecture recordings in a medical histology course. 

May 11, 2016

Dr. Larry Gruppen publishes research on better understanding the assessment of clinical reasoning

Larry Gruppen's, PhD research was recently published in Assessing Competence in Professional Performance across Disciplines and Professions.  The article discusses how this essential component in determining a health professional's competence must be done using a variety of assessments due to the complex nature of clinical reasoning.