School of Medicine

Division of Medical Education Research and Scholarship




The Division of Medical Education Research and Scholarship (MERS), in the Office of the Senior Dean at Baylor College of Medicine, aims to support, collaborate on and promote educational research and scholarship.

What do we do?

  • Provide consultations on research designs, survey development, building educational research into existing efforts statistical approaches, dissemination strategies, etc. 
  • Develop and provide educational and training experiences.
  • Create a community for medical education researchers at BCM.

Mailing List

Join our mailing list below to stay informed on calls for abstracts/papers/grants, educational workshops/retreats/activities, educational research resources and other related news. (Only BCM members can be a part of the listserv)

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Our Team


Nital Appelbaum, Ph.D.

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Assistant Dean of Medical Education Research and Scholarship 
Division of Medical Education Research and Scholarship (MERS)

Cathy Namagambe

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Coordinator Program Management


The Educational Research Mini-Series Website


Funded by the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Education, Innovation & Technology (EIT) Faculty Pilot Grants, the Educational Research Mini-Series website aims to:

  • Develop a video mini-series on educational research with BCM faculty experts
  • Curate existing educational research resources, curriculum, and materials
  • Promote opportunities to engage in educational research

This website serves as a valuable hub for educational researchers, trainees and educators, offering a curated collection of resources and materials designed to enhance your education research endeavors. 

On this site you will find a list of educational research journals, grant opportunities, mini-videos on a variety of educational research and scholarship topics and much more. Check it out today!


Scholarship Opportunities


Topic: 2024 TEACH-S Educational Symposium - Call for Proposals
Deadline: Friday, Feb. 9, 2024
Time: 11:59 p.m. CST
Description: Proposals can be submitted for the following categories: Abstracts, Workshops, Small Group Discussions, and a Special Student Panel. Please note: Individuals may be the lead author on no more than two conference submissions. Submissions of work previously presented at educational conferences is encouraged. Learn more.

Topic: Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME)- Recruiting for Editorial Board
Deadline: Monday, March 11, 2024
Description: The Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME) is seeking current residents or fellows for open resident editor positions on its Editorial Board. JGME communicates new evidence about graduate medical education (GME), informs and engages the GME community on important issues, and promotes scholarship and critical inquiry related to GME. Please share with your learners. Learn more.

Educational Events & Professional Development Opportunities

Topic: The Center for Professionalism 10th Anniversary Keynote & Reception
Date: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024 at 4 p.m. CST in Cullen Auditorium
Description: Join the Center for Professionalism in celebrating its 10-year anniversary with Dr. Thomas Nasca as the keynote speaker. Dr. Nasca currently serves as president and chief executive officer of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). His career mission has focused on advancing excellence in medical education, and he has earned numerous accolades for his work related to promoting resilience and professionalism competencies in the healthcare sciences. He will discuss organizational professionalism, a topic that will surely resonate with each of us! There will be a reception in Rayzor Lounge following the talk.

Topic: 2024 ACGME Annual Education Conference
Date: March 7-9 2024, Orlando, Florida
Description: Join colleagues from across graduate medical education (GME) at the ACGME’s signature learning event to experience three days of sessions filled with innovation and forward-thinking content. The ACGME strives to make #ACGME2024 an environment that welcomes all who are passionate about GME and collaboration – learners, leaders, educators, and visionaries. #ACGME2024 will bring together the largest GME community in the world for a wide selection of curated experiences and content to energize and inspire both seasoned and first-time attendees. Learn more.

Topic: SGEA - Medical Education in a Changing Climate
Date: April 11-13, 2024, Houston, TX
Description: The 2024 Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA) Annual Conference will be held in-person in Houston, TX, April 11-13, 2024. Registration will open in the coming weeks. Learn more.

Topic: 2024 TEACH-S Educational Symposium
Deadline: Friday, May 3, 2024, Galveston, TX
Description: The Texas Educator’s Academies Collaborative for Health Professions - Southeast (TEACH-S) Educational Symposium is an in-person event to provide a forum for showcasing scholarly innovations of the regional community of educators. It is a daylong event with keynote sessions, workshops, small group discussions, and oral and poster presentations. Learn more.

Topic: The 2nd Wicked Problems in Medical Education Conference 
Date: May 29-31, 2024, Phuket, Thailand
Description: This international conference is a forum for educators, researchers, and program leaders who are keen to expand their repertoire of systematic inquiries (also referred to research approaches). While these methodologies can be applied to all types of problem, we will focus on one particular complex problem in medical education that is challenging or impossible to solve: the wicked problem of teaching and assessing professionalism. Conference/Registration site: The 2nd Wicked Problems in Medical Education. Please email Dr. Satid Thammasitboon if you have any questions about the event.

Topic: IAMSE 2024 Annual Conference
Date: June 15-18, 2024, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Description: The Annual Conference of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) offers many opportunities for faculty development and networking and brings medical sciences and medical education across the continuum together. Featured plenary speakers include Dan Cannity (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA), Kim Lomis (American Medical Association, USA), Dujeepa Samarasekera (National University of Singapore, Signapore), and Alison Whelan (Association of American Medical Colleges, USA). Pre-conference faculty development workshops will begin as usual on Saturday, June 15, and conference activities are set to begin on June 16! The Annual IAMSE Conference will provide you with new teaching techniques, ideas, and resources whether it's through our plenary sessions, pre-conference workshops, focus sessions, or poster and oral presentations. Learn more.