Why Penn Med Ed?

Education in medicine is undergoing a metamorphosis. It is transitioning from an activity in the margins to a quantifiable realm of expertise. Specifically, there is a rapidly expanding market for physicians and other healthcare professionals with advanced training in education.

While there are many institutions offering this advanced training, the Penn Med Ed program is unique because it is designed from the ground up by physicians and education professionals who collaborate on all aspects of the program, from the leadership of the executive committee to the shared leadership of each block.  In addition, the program is designed around, and even incorporates, the busy clinical, administrative and educational commitments of the participants.

The Penn Med Ed program will enable you to pursue your Master’s degree while working. Moreover, course material and projects will be immediately applicable to your work, enabling you to innovate and succeed as an educator and leader.

The University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League institution, and the Penn Med Ed program continues the tradition of outstanding scholarship supported by the best faculty in the world.

Penn's Med Ed program prepares participants on a variety of fronts:

Efficient and effective teaching

In the Penn Med Ed program, graduates are prepared to design, implement, and evaluate high quality educational programs. They also have the tools to improve others' teaching through faculty development or trainee education. This expertise is valued not only by learners but also by departmental and institutional leaders who are increasingly aware of the need to support strong educational programs with meaningful and measurable outcomes.


There is a clear shortage of medical faculty with training in educational research methodologies. The ability to assess educational interventions and measure program outcomes are highly valued in medical education literature, but very few educators have the training to appropriately assess and measure program effectiveness. The Med Ed program will equip participants to evaluate and engage in meaningful educational scholarship throughout their careers.


There is a growing drive to think creatively in the application of technology in medical education. The Med Ed program prepares participants to approach these questions systematically, applying a deep understanding of the learning process to the development of these tools. Graduates are able to use their training to advocate for the investment in meaningful and effective technological tools to support education.  


The best healthcare education professionals are outstanding leaders. The research is conclusive: in order to inspire individuals, manage groups, and work within complex organizational environments, people need to develop the competencies offered by the Med Ed program. Specifically, graduates will develop emotional intelligence, critical thinking skills, power and influence management skills, and expertise for inspiring and motivating others in complex organizational environments.

Regulatory requirements

Medical education has entered an era of tremendous scrutiny. Learner assessment and program evaluation are just two of the areas where program leaders are called upon to apply advanced educational training to assure that the programs are performing at a high level according to national standards. Graduates of the Med Ed program are trained not only in these skills, but they also receive training in leading education improvement efforts to build and maintain outstanding educational programs.


Please contact meded@gse.upenn.edu with questions about the program.


The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education is one of three Ivy League graduate schools of education and is a national leader in education research and the preparation of skilled education professionals. Its alumni include pathfinding teachers, heads of school boards, leading advocates for public education, scholars, school counselors, champions of corporate/organizational learning, and heads of government agencies. Read More

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