John C. Burkhardt, MD

Lecturer of Emergency Medicine
Clinical Lecturer of Learning Health Sciences

Administrative Contact

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John C. Burkhardt is a Lecturer in Emergency Medicine and Learning Health Sciences. In addition to Dr. Burkhardt’s clinical work in Emergency Medicine, he has earned a Master’s in Higher Education and is currently a dissertation candidate in his PhD program. His initial research focus has been on how choices made in medical education (admissions, educational methodology, financial aid, and curriculum) affect society as a whole (who becomes physicians, how they practice, where they practice, and how these choices effect minority groups). He is the recipient of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Education Fellowship and has previously won departmental awards for both his teaching and research. He is married to Kathryn Thirolf, with whom he is raising two energetic children Emily and Jack. When not working clinically, performing research, or balancing family life, John is a basketball player, Michigan Athletics fan, and voracious reader.

Areas of Interest

Research and scholarly interests: Academic career interest, admissions and resident selection processes, pipeline issues, and social justice issues, educational policy, public policy, educational and medical disparities research

Subject-matter expertise: quantitative methodology, public policy analysis

Other professional highlights: 

  • Faculty, Master of Health Professions Education program
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Education Fellow
  • Director of Resident Research and Scholarly Development, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Co-Director, Path of Excellence: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Published Articles or Reviews

  • Burkhardt, J., DesJardins, S., Teener, C., Gay, S., Santen, S. Enrollment Management in Medical School Admissions: A Novel Evidence-based Approach, Academic Medicine, In Press DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001188
  • Burkhardt, J. What Can We Learn From Resident Selection Interviews? Journal of Graduate Medical Education, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2015 (Pages 673-675). DOI: 10.4300/JGME-D-15-00403.1
  • Burkhardt, J., Santen, S., Smith-Coggins, R. Residents Values in a Rational Decision-Making Model: An Interest in Academics in Emergency Medicine, Internal and Emergency Medicine, Vol 11, Issue 7, 2016 (Pages 993-997). DOI: 10.1007/s11739-016-1408-8
  • Burkhardt, J., Stansfield, R.B., Vohra, T., Losman, E., Turner-Lawrence, D., Hopson, L.R. Prognostic value of the MMI for Emergency Medicine Residency Performance. The Journal of Emergency Medicine, Volume 49, Issue 2, 2015 (Pages 196-202). DOI:10.1016/j.jemermed.2015.02.008
  • Gruppen, L.D., Burkhardt, J., Fitzgerald, J.T., Funnell, M., Haftel, H., Lypson, M., Mullan, P.B., Santen, S., Sheets, K. Stalburg, C., Vasquez, J.A. Turning the tables: Competency-based education for the educators. Medical Education, Volume 50, Issue 5, 2015 (Pages 532-539). DOI: 10.1111/medu.12977