Thursday, November 1, 2012

Department of Surgery expands educational research with new specialist

Emil Petrusa, PhD has joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery as Educational Research Specialist.  

Dr. Petrusa received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Western Illinois University and a PhD, Educational Psychology from the University of Utah.  He began his career at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (UTMB), Texas where he was most recently Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, and Associate Director for Research in the Office of Educational Development.  In 1990, he joined the faculty at Duke University School of Medicine as Associate Professor of the Practice of Medical Education in the Department of Surgery and Associate Dean for Medical Education and established the Office of Medical Education Research and Development in 1992. In 2006 he moved to join the faculty of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine appointed as a Professor in the Division of Medical Education and Administration, and Director of the Center for Outcomes Research in Medical Education, and since 2009 as the Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning in Medicine.  

Dr. Petrusa has lead two major multi-school projects on end-of-third year assessment. Additionally, he has extensive research with non-human simulation for education and training of medical students and residents, including a systematic review with Drs. William McGaghie and Barry Isenberg that is one of the most cited reviews in simulation. Dr. Petrusa has also chaired the AAMC’s Research In Medical Education committee and is on the editorial boards of several journals. He reviews for many of the major journals in medical education.

In the position of Educational Research Specialist, Dr. Petrusa will serve as a faculty member and educational specialist and consultant regarding the management and administration of educational research programs offered by and within the Department of Surgery.

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