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The Educational Leadership Partnership is hosting a MERC Hypothesis-Driven Research Virtual Workshop on June 3 from 3:00-6:00PM ET.


The Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program was created by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) with the goal to:

  • Provide the knowledge necessary to understand the purposes and processes of medical education research.
  • Become informed consumers of the medical education research literature.
  • Be effective collaborators in medical education research.

Alone, MERC is not intended to produce independent medical education researchers.

  • The program is open to all who are interested in improving their educational research skills and is targeted for those with a background in medical education but relatively less experience in conducting educational research.
  • The courses are targeted for clinicians and educators who desire to learn research skills that will enable collaborative participation in medical education research projects.


Each three-hour workshop focuses on a key skill or area in educational research, emphasizing opportunities for hands-on activities and active participation to maximize the applicability of the workshop principles.

Six workshops of the participant’s choosing must be completed to qualify for the certificate. These can be taken in any order.  The Educational Leadership Partnership (ELP) – including ACAPT, APTA & the Academy of Education – will be offering two of the six in June 2021:

1) MERC hypothesis-driven research – Thursday, June 3, 2021

Following completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to discuss:

  • How to translate a research question into a hypothesis, and how to develop the null hypothesis;
  • Steps in hypothesis testing;
  • Type 1 and Type 2 errors;
  • Power, sample size, confidence interval, and statistical significance.

Register for the June 3 workshop here.

Questions? Contact Sherry Battle at sherry@aptaeducation.org.

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