The purpose of the Jack L. Maatsch Visiting Scholar in Medical Education Fund is to stimulate and support interaction around ideas and projects in medical education, with primary focus on the development and assessment of clinical competence related to the full span of professional training. The program accomplishes this purpose through its support of visiting scholars to OMERAD in the College of Human Medicine. Distinguished visiting scholars provide a broader perspective from which faculty, students, and others may view their work, providing insights and experiences from other outstanding centers of medical education research and development.
Jack L. Maatsch
Jack served as a professor in OMERAD from 1971 to 1980. He collaborated in and led a series of projects focused on the application of instructional theory and technologies, especially simulation technology, to teaching and assessment in medicine. In the mid-1970's Jack collaborated with the American College of Emergency Physicians in the development of a criterion-referenced specialty certification examination. This was the start of a collaboration in research and development, which he led over a period of almost fifteen years.
He served as director of OMERAD from 1980 until 1989, broadening the range of activities of the office and stimulating significant research and service projects within the College of Human Medicine and the University. He retired in 1990.
Contributions to the Fund
The Jack L. Maatsch Visiting Scholar in Medical Education is supported by an endowed fund, established by Dr. Maatsch's family members, many friends, and colleagues to recognize and thank him for his many years of leadership and service to medical education.
Continued support of the Jack L. Maatsch Visiting Scholar in Medical Education will help to enrich the program by enabling the expansion of the lectureships, seminars, and consultations offered, and by safeguarding against the effects of inflation on a program in which travel costs predominate.
To pledge your commitment to the Visiting Scholar in Medical Education or to receive further information, please contact:
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824
Contributions should be made payable to Michigan State University, designated for the Jack L. Maatsch Visiting Scholar in Medical Education, and directed to the same address.
2022 Visiting Scholar
Molly Cooke, MD
Professor of Medicine Emerita
University of California San Fransisco
Molly Cooke, MD MACP, FRCP is professor of medicine emerita at the University of California, San Francisco. Her academic focus is health professions education with a particular emphasis on educational initiatives addressing patient outcomes and cost of care in complex, chronically ill patients.
Her papers have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Annals of Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, JAMA and Science. She is an author of Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency (2010), winner of the PROSE award for distinction in scholarly publication in 2011.
She was the founding director of The Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, a faculty honor society and service organization, at UCSF. Early in her career, she was a founding faculty member of UCSF’s internal medicine residency training program based at San Francisco General Hospital and focused on the needs of the urban poor.
In 2006, she received the AOA Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award, a national award given by the AAMC. She has presented before two Congressional committees, consulted for the American Medical Association, and played leadership roles in a number of national organizations, including the American Board of Internal Medicine, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the American College of Physicians, serving the last organization as a Regent from 2008 to 2014 and as President 2013–2014. Dr. Cooke was elected to the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine, in 2013.
Dr. Cooke’s presentation, The Future of Generalism, was featured as the keynote address at the 2022 annual meeting of The Generalists in Medical Education, held in Nashville, Tennessee on November 10, 2022.
2019 Visiting Scholar
Judy A. Shea, PhD
Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Judy Shea, PhD was selected as the 2019 Jack L. Maatsch Visiting Scholar in Medical Education. Dr. Shea is a professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Associate Dean of Medical Education Research; director of the Office of Evaluation and Assessment in the Academic Programs Office, School of Medicine; and co-director of the Master of Science in Health Policy Research. Much of her work focuses on evaluating the psychometric properties of curriculum evaluation tools and developing measures to assess components of health such as health literacy, patient satisfaction and health-related quality of life. Dr. Shea has maintained an active research program, with over 300 peer-reviewed publications and as many or more abstracts and conference presentations. In 2011, Judy Shea received the prestigious John P. Hubbard Award from the NBME; in 2018 she was recognized by the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs with the Merrell Flair Award. Early in her career, she had an opportunity to collaborate with Jack Maatsch in his work on learner assessment.
Dr. Shea’s presentation, Standard Setting for Competencies: The Sum of the Parts or … Some of the Parts, was featured as the keynote address at the 2019 annual meeting of The Generalists in Medical Education, held in Phoenix, Arizona on November 7, 2019.
2016 Visiting Scholar
Larry Gruppen, PhD
Professor and Director of the Master of Health Professions Education Program
Department of Learning Health Sciences
University of Michigan
Larry Gruppen Ph.D was selected as the 2016 Jack L. Maatsch Visiting Scholar in Medical Education. Larry Gruppen has been a part of the medical education community for almost 30 years; he has over 130 peer-reviewed publications. His research interests center around the development of expertise, knowledge and performance assessment, self-regulated learning, and educational leadership development. He received the 2015 John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners, as well as the 2015 Merrell Flair Award from the Group on Educational Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is the founding chair of the Association of American Medical College's Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program, an inaugural fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe, and he served as chair of the Department of Medical Education at the University of Michigan from 2003 - 2014.
Dr. Gruppen delivered the Maatsch Lecture as the keynote address at The Generalists in Medical Education conference in Seattle, Washington on November 10, 2016. View a recording of Dr. Gruppen's keynote presentation titled "Making Sense of the Learning Environment: In Class, in Clinic and in Theory".
2015 Visiting Scholar
Yvonne Steinert, PhD
Professor of Family Medicine
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
In 2015 the Jack L. Maatsch Visiting Scholar in Medical Education was Yvonne Steinert, PhD. Dr. Steinert is a clinical psychologist by training. Most recently she was the Associate Dean of Faculty Development in the McGill University Faculty of Medicine. She is now the Director of the Centre for Medical Education, and is the Richard and Sylvia Cruess Chair in Medical Education. For over two decades she has worked to inspire excellence in medical education, leadership, and research. Her educational interests relate to the impact of faculty development on the individual and the organization, and the continuing professional development of faculty members. To that end, she has authored or co-authored over 100 publications. Among other awards, she earned the 2011 Ian Hart award for Distinguished Contribution to Medical Education by the Canadian Association of Medical Education (CAME).
View a recording of Dr. Steinert's presentation Faculty Development and Learner Assessment: The Missing Link. She presented her lecture at Michigan State University on May 12, 2015.
2013 Visiting Scholar
Steven J. Durning, MD PhD FACP
Professor of Medicine
Uniformed Services University
This year the Maatsch Medical Education Scholar was awarded to Steve Durning, professor of medicine and pathology. Dr. Durning directs the Introduction to Clinical Reasoning Course for second-year medical students and has developed a variety of innovative measures that significantly improved medical student performance on both standardized tests and clinical practicums. In 2005 he received the Herbert. S. Waxman award, a national award for outstanding teaching. In 2007, while in his role as course director, he started his PhD project at Maastricht University. He research has focused on exploring contextual factors associated with the clinical encounter and their influence on clinical reasoning success. Dr. Durning has participated on a variety of research grants as a principal or associate investigator. He is a talented and prolific scholar with over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts.
Dr. Durning's Maatsch Medical Education Scholar presentation, New Directions in Assessing Clinical Reasoning: 'Non Satis Scire' (To Know is Not Enough), was featured as the plenary address at the 2013 annual meeting of The Generalists in Medical Education, held in Philadelphia, November 1, 2013.
2011 Visiting Scholar
Reed Williams, Ph.D.
J. Roland Folse Professor of Surgical Education Emeritus
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
More than 25 years ago, Dr. Williams and Dr. Howard Barrows developed one of the nation's first comprehensive examinations of students' clinical skills using standardized patients. Presently more than 90 percent of U.S. medical schools include some type of clinical competency exam. What is especially important is that Southern Illinois University under the direction of Drs. Williams and Debra Klemen also created a Senior Clinical Competency Exam Remediation to assure students were competent.
View his presentation Measuring Student Ability to Do the Work that Doctors Do. This is the "Diagnosis Justification" document referred to in the presentation. The Microsoft Silverlight plugin is needed to view this webcast and available for free download here.
2010 Visiting Scholar
Karen E. Hauer, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Gold Headed Cane Endowed Chair
UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco, California
Karen Hauer holds the Haile T. Debas Endowed Education Chair in Internal Medicine, and received the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine Outstanding Educational Research Award in 2003. Her nationally recognized research focuses on clinical skills training, remediation, students' learning in different clerkship structures, and career choice.
View her presentation slides Beyond Clinical Performance Assessment: Feedback, Learning Goals and Remediation
Dr. Hauer's presentation was given at the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C. on November 9, 2010.
2009 Visiting Scholar
J. Jon Veloski, M.S.
Director of Medical Education Research
Jefferson Medical College
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Although Jon’s contributions to simulation in medical education cover an extensive scope, we welcome this opportunity to focus on his timely and substantive work in the assessment of medical students involving clinical simulations, standardized patients, performance ratings and other measures. Mr. Veloski’s research has had an impact on assessing the clinical performance of learners at all levels of training and experience.
View his presentation How to Conduct Valid Performance Assessments Using Clinical Simulations
Mr. Veloski's presentation was given at Michigan State University on April 23, 2009.
2007 Visiting Scholar
William McGaghie, Ph.D.
Awarding the Maatsch Medical Education Scholar to William McGaghie continues our tradition of honoring the legacy of Jack L. Maatsch’s contributions to medical education. The Maatsch Scholar program works toward that purpose by stimulating and supporting interaction in medical education, with a primary focus on the development and assessment of clinical competence in the training of physicians, through the insights and experience of nationally recognized leaders and scholars. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. McGaghie has written many articles in the field of medical education. We welcome William McGaghie as a Maatsch Visiting Scholar.
William McGaghie is the Jacob R. Suker Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Augusta Webster, MD, Office of Medical Education at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr McGaghie’s areas of research and publication include simulation in medical education for learning and assessment.
Presentation: Advances in Simulation-Based Medical Education and Research
Dr. McGaghie’s presentation was given at the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C. on November 6, 2007. You may download a PDF copy of Dr. McGaghie’s presentation here.
2006-2007 Visiting Scholar
Brian Hodges, M.D., MEd, FRCPC
Awarding the Maatsch Medical Education Scholar to Brian Hodges continues our tradition of honoring the legacy of Jack L. Maatsch’s contributions to medical education. The Maatsch Scholar program works toward that purpose by stimulating and supporting interaction in medical education, with a primary focus on the development and assessment of clinical competence in the training of physicians, through the insights and experience of nationally recognized leaders and scholars. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Hodges has written many articles in the field of medical education. He is also pursuing a doctorate in education, aiming to defend his thesis in early 2007. It is especially appropriate, then, to welcome Brian Hodges as a Maatsch Visiting Scholar.
Brian Hodges is the Director of the Donald R. Wilson Center for Research in Education at the University Health Network and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, both at the University of Toronto. Dr. Hodges’ current areas of research and publication include performance-based assessment, expertise and self-assessment of competence and the sociology of health professionals.
Presentation: Far Horizons: Extending the Landscapes of Assessment
Dr. Hodges’ presentation was given at Michigan State University. You may download a pdf copy of Dr. Hodge's presentation here.
2005-2006 Visiting Scholar
Mark Albanese, Ph.D.
The naming of Mark Albanese as the Jack Maatsch Scholar in Medical Education continues our tradition of honoring the legacy of Jack Maatsch in medical education. The Maatsch Scholar Program works toward that purpose by stimulating and supporting reflection and innovation in medical education, with a primary focus on the development and assessment of clinical competence in the training of physicians, through the insights and experience of nationally recognized leaders and scholars. In Mark Albanese’s distinguished career, he has continued to provide leadership for innovative and rigorous medical education and assessment.
Mark Albanese is Professor of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He received the national John P. Hubbard award from the National Board of Medical Examiners for “excellence in the field of evaluation in medicine.” Dr. Albanese holds a critical role in the Best Evidence Medical Education Consortium. He is the author of over 100 articles in medical education. His published research includes work in: the effectiveness of problem-based learning; medical education assessment and evaluation; assessing health care outcomes; application of continuous quality improvement to curriculum management; and patient-physician interaction and its relationship to treatment outcomes.
Presentation: The Rise of Competencies: Implications for Assessment in Medical Education
Dr Albanese’s presentation was held on May 19, 2005 at Michigan State University.
2001-2002 Visiting Scholar
Susan Block, M.D.
The award of the Maatsch Medical Education Scholar to Susan D. Block continues our tradition of honoring the legacy of Jack Maatsch to medical education. The Maatsch Scholar Program works toward that purpose by stimulating and supporting interaction in medical education, with a primary focus on the development and assessment of clinical competence in the training of physicians, through the insights and experience of nationally recognized leaders and scholars. Through her distinguished career, Susan Block, M.D, has continued to provide leadership for innovative and rigorous medical education and assessment. Please join us in welcoming Susan Block as the 2002 Maatsch Scholar in Medical Education.
Susan D. Block is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is the Chief of the Adult Psychosocial Oncology Program at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. A common theme in her work as an instructor and researcher is the development and assessment of humanism and compassion in physicians. The scholarship and training programs with which she has been associated are respected for their rigor, and renowned for their focus on issues that matter. Her work assessing medical training programs extends from the undergraduate program of the New Pathway at Harvard Medical School, the “chilly climate” for primary care facing the Generalist Physician Initiative, and national faculty development programs to develop leaders in end-of-life care. Her most recent work reflects her ability to reflect on the hidden curriculum shaping care competencies we model, through an inter-institutional study examining physicians’ emotional reactions to their patients’ deaths.
Presentation: The Role of Assessment in Medical Education Reform
Presented on November 10, 2002 at the AAMC annual meeting in San Francisco.
2000-2001 Visiting Scholar
Louise Arnold, Ph.D.
The award of the Maatsch Medical Education Scholar to Louise Arnold continues our tradition of honoring the legacy of Jack L. Maatsch’s contributions to medical education. The Maatch Scholar program works toward that purpose by stimulating and supporting interaction in medical education, with a primary focus on the development and assessment of clinical competence in the training of physicians, through the insights and experience of nationally recognized leaders and scholars. Through her long and distinguished career, Louise Arnold has continued to provide leadership for key conceptual and collaborative approaches to medical education. It is especially appropriate, then, to welcome Louise Arnold as the 2000-2001 Maatsch Visiting Scholar in Medical Education.
Dr. Louise Arnold is Professor and Associate Dean in the school of Medicine at the University of Missouri. Although Louise’s contributions to medical education and its assessment cover an extensive scope, we welcome this opportunity to focus on her timely and substantive work in the assessment of professional behavior in medical education. Louise has led and contributed to work in the assessment of professional behavior for key national and professional medical education organizations.
Presentation: Assessing Professional Behavior
Dr. Arnold’s presentation was held at Michigan State University on May 14, 2001. You may download a pdf copy of Dr. Arnold's paper here.
1999-2000 Visiting Scholar
Geoff Norman received his Ph.D. in nuclear physics in 1971 and subsequently an M.A. in educational psychology from Michigan State University. He has been on faculty since 1977 and is now a full professor in epidemiology and biostatistics, and Assistant Dean for Educational Research. His primary research focus is the psychology of clinical reasoning. A secondary interest is measurement theory, with specific application to student assessment. He is the author of 10 books and over 150 research articles. He won the Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1989, the President's Award for Excellence in Education awarded by McMaster University in 1994, the Best Paper Award of Division I, AERA in 1996, the Award for Excellence of the Canadian Association for Medical Education in 1997, the Distinguished Scholar Award of the American Educational Research Association, Division I, in 2000. He presently holds a Canada Research Chair.
Dr. Norman's presentation, held as part of the AAMC annual meeting in Washington, D.C., was titled The Epistemology of Clinical Diagnosis: Insights from Philosophy, Cognition and Neuroscience. The discussant for this presentation was Arthur Elstein.
1998-1999 Visiting Scholar
Arthur Elstein, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois, Chicago is one of our foremost authorities on physicians' judgment and decision-making. While a professor and Director of OMERAD, in the 1970's, Dr. Elstein coauthored Medical Problem Solving, a book that provides the basis for much of contemporary understanding of the character of diagnostic reasoning. In subsequent work, both at MSU and Chicago, Dr. Elstein and colleagues gained additional insights into clinical work, and have sought to create supports that will help clinicians avoid typical errors of intuitive decision-making. Jack Maatsch and Arthur Elstein provided support and consultations on each other's projects, as needed, in the 1970's. Arthur Elstein's standards of scholarship and critical insights into clinical thought processes have made him a valued collaborator and a powerful teacher.
A large audience of colleagues and friends filled the Patenge Room to listen to Dr. Elstein's talk on Clinical Decision Making: Reflections and Concerns from a Long Career.
1997-1998 Visiting Scholar
Georges Bordage, M.D., Ph.D., was the Maatsch Visiting Scholar for 1997-98. Dr. Bordage, professor in the Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois, Chicago, is one of a small number of scholars who define our current understanding of physicians' clinical reasoning. In the late 1980's he played a central role in a major revision of the Canadian licensure examination for physicians, applying insights from research on clinical reasoning. His studies of clinical reasoning extend back to his Ph.D. dissertation in Educational Psychology at MSU and work done during a Fellowship at OMERAD during the late 1970's. Jack Maatsch was one of Georges Bordage's mentors during that period.
Dr. Bordage's warmth and liveliness are apparent in his presentations. As the Maatsch visiting scholar, he spoke on Clinical Reasoning and Knowledge Organization: Implications for Learning and Assessment, which was followed by a reception in the Patenge Room.
1996-1997 Visiting Scholar
Dr. David B. Swanson was the Maatsch Visiting Scholar for 1996-97. Dr. Swanson, Senior Evaluation Officer and Director of USMLE Step 1 at the National Board of Medical Examiners, is nationally recognized in the field of medical assessment. Dr. Swanson's empirical insights have framed our understanding of the assessment of clinical competence. He has been particularly adept at summarizing large areas of research and translating complex findings in ways that make their meaning clear to medical educators. Dr. Swanson's disposition to array data to test assessment assumptions, and the breadth and practicality of his interests, made it particularly appropriate that David Swanson initiated the connection between the Jack L. Maatsch Visiting Scholarship and the Research in Medical Education (R.I.M.E.) sessions of the Association of American Medical Colleges. (The Maatsch Scholar will participate in the R.I.M.E. sessions every three years.) David Swanson's address, Assessment of Clinical Competence: Where We've Been and Where We Might Want to Go, was presented to a standing-room-only audience during the core of the R.I.M.E. sessions.
1995-1996 Visiting Scholar
The inaugural Jack Maatsch Visiting Scholar in Medical Education was Lee Shulman, Ducommon Professor of Education at Stanford University. He gave a public presentation entitled Accomplishing and Assessing Professional Competence: Tales from Medicine and Teaching in the ballroom of the University Club at Michigan State University, which was preceded by a brief reception.
In a distinguished and productive career, Professor Shulman has directed studies that illuminate the development and assessment of competence in medicine and teaching. Those who were associated with the College of Human Medicine or the College of Education before he left MSU in 1982 will remember what a stimulating and insightful colleague Lee Shulman is.