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Med Teach. 2016;38(1):64-74. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2014.970991. Epub 2014 Oct 16.

Medical education practice-based research networks: Facilitating collaborative research.

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1
a University of Illinois at Chicago , USA .
2
c Association of Pediatric Program Directors , USA.
3
b Children's Hospital of Philadelphia , USA .

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Research networks formalize and institutionalize multi-site collaborations by establishing an infrastructure that enables network members to participate in research, propose new studies, and exploit study data to move the field forward. Although practice-based clinical research networks are now widespread, medical education research networks are rapidly emerging.

AIMS:

In this article, we offer a definition of the medical education practice-based research network, a brief description of networks in existence in July 2014 and their features, and a more detailed case study of the emergence and early growth of one such network, the Association of Pediatric Program Directors Longitudinal Educational Assessment Research Network (APPD LEARN).

METHODS:

We searched for extant networks through peer-reviewed literature and the world-wide web.

RESULTS:

We identified 15 research networks in medical education founded since 2002 with membership ranging from 8 to 120 programs. Most focus on graduate medical education in primary care or emergency medicine specialties.

CONCLUSIONS:

We offer four recommendations for the further development and spread of medical education research networks: increasing faculty development, obtaining central resources, studying networks themselves, and developing networks of networks.

PMID:
25319404
PMCID:
PMC4776698
DOI:
10.3109/0142159X.2014.970991
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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