Education Research

Below are some Center programs and resources in support of Education Research. 

Research Design Consultations

We are available for one-to-one consultative assistance to help faculty design and execute education research studies. Contact Patricia Latham via email at to schedule an appointment, or use the Request a Consult form to have someone from the CFE contact you. 

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Collaborative Education Research Consultation Service (CHEERS)

The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GW SMHS) aims to develop a community of practice of educational scholars who are equipped with the skills needed to conduct rigorous educational scholarship. GW SMHS has convened a group to lead this effort: the Collaborative for Health Education Evaluation, Research, and Scholarship (CHEERS). CHEERS serves as an interdisciplinary, inter-professional forum to discuss, plan, and execute educational research and scholarship. Several members of this group have advanced training in medical and health professions education and will help to moderate the Education Research Consult sessions.

For more information and to join or present at upcoming sessions, visit the CHEERS site.

Generating Scholarship in Education Research Workshop

This workshop will assist faculty in the development of plans they may have for a study involving education research. The workshop is scheduled for two sessions a month apart in order to allow participants time to develop and revise their research plans. The activities will include short presentations that cover essential elements in research design, including the development of a focused research question, conceptual frame, and use of appropriate methodology. Facilitators will assist participants in shaping plans for a research study that can be implemented or submitted for funding, as necessary. 

If you are thinking about submitting a Medical Education grant proposal – this may be the workshop for you! Please see the list of national, regional, and institutional funding opportunities on the webpage below.

For more information and future offerings of the workshop, please visit our Generating Education Scholarship Workshop page.

The SMHS Academy of Education Scholars

The SMHS Academy of Education Scholars seeks to develop and recognize excellence in education scholarship and research to advance the practice of medical and health sciences education, and improve the quality of SMHS educational programs and patient care. Academy Members are offered the following in support of Education Scholarship: Templates and other materials for developing research plans and designing research studies; 1 to 1 mentoring; support for  data analysis and writing expertise, peer group discussions, periodic half-day skill-builder workshops, and recognition of achievements.  

For more information about the Academy visit the AES page.

SMHS Scholarly Writing Program

The GW SMHS Center for Faculty Excellence is offering a professional development program designed to help faculty meet their personal writing and scholarly career goals. The program is called the SMHS Scholarly Writing Program.

For more information, see the SMHS Scholarly Writing Program page. 

Medical and Health Science Education Research Grants

SMHS encourages and supports scholarship in medical and health science education by providing grant funding for initiation of new medical and/or health science education research projects. All active status, regular SMHS faculty (tenured, tenure-track or non-tenure track) are eligible to submit a proposal. Proposals may be submitted for up to $15,000 for one study.  

The call for proposals with further instructions and application requirements is issued to faculty in the late fall via the Faculty Affairs list serve. Questions should be directed to Patricia Latham, Associate Director for Education Research and Scholarship at

Applications are currently closed. Please view the SMHS Education Research Grants page for more information and future offerings.

For additional sources of funding, please view our Funding for Education Research page. 

Education Research Modules

The following modules have been created as self-paced learning experiences. They provide an overview of many education research topics.  To view these videos and the corresponding materials, please visit the Education Research Modules page.

  • Design to Align: How to Develop an Effective Education Research Study Design
  • How to Find Research Ideas in Your Everyday Practice
  • How to Work with a Librarian
  • Literature Reviews and Conceptual Frames
  • Fundamentals of Qualitative Research
  • Focus Group Basics
  • Fundamentals of Quantitative Research
  • Survey Design Basics
  • When & How to Consider Mixed Methods
  • When & How to Work with a Statistician
  • How to Manage a Research Team
  • Getting Published: Where to Submit and How to Respond to Reviewers

Who’s Published What?

Peer-reviewed publications on research in medicine and health sciences education by the George Washington University SMHS, SON, and MISPH faculty.

Find a Collaborator

Look for a collaborator using the searchable database for faculty research.

This searchable database was developed to facilitate research collaborations.

Information on GW researchers was derived from NIH and Foundation grant awards, the annual description of research provided by faculty in the Lyterati database, and previous Gill Fellowship proposals. Where possible, information on prominent research techniques and the clinical/translational level of research was added. Additional contact information was obtained from the SMHS faculty directory, the Children's National website and/or faculty websites.

Search fields include: Researcher Name, Department, Keyword, Research Method, and Research Level.

Other Education Research Resources


Resources are available from the Office of the Vice President for Research to provide faculty with information on GW research opportunities and training, applying to research funding opportunities, or managing extramural grants.

Clinical and Translational Research

(Health Sciences Master's & Certificate Programs)

The Clinical and Translational Research program calls upon researchers to develop their work with broader, more holistic worldviews. This training equips professionals with enhanced research and leadership skills, preparing them to work collaboratively with researchers, patients, and leaders in health care.

Office of Human Research (OHR)

The Office of Human Research (OHR) is the administrative support office for The George Washington University Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). The IRB is responsible for the review of all research activities that involve human subjects in accordance with federal regulations. The OHR assists the IRB with reviewing research projects that involve human subjects to ensure that two broad standards are upheld: first, that subjects are not placed at undue risk; second, that they give uncoerced, informed consent to their participation.