Office for Scholarship in Learning and Education Research

 Better Scholarship ~ Better Learning


New OSLER Opportunities:

OSLER Workshops

OSLER is offering a series of workshops on various topics related to scholarship in education. Each workshop will be offered on two different dates to help provide scheduling flexibility for you.

Workshop 1: Getting Started with Education Scholarship: Asking the Questions and Planning the First Steps

  • Dates Offered: August 20 and October 2, 2014

Workshop 2: Publishing Your Teaching Innovations

  • Dates Offered: November 12 and December 10, 2014


OSLER Workshops

Enrollment for workshops is now available. Space is limited so enroll early! All workshops are free of charge and are held at the Penn State College of Medicine.

Workshop 1: Getting Started with Education Scholarship: Asking the Questions and Planning the First Steps

Presented by: Paul Haidet, M.D., M.P.H., Co-Director, OSLER
Given the pressures of teaching on top of all of the other clinical, administrative and research duties that faculty are responsible for, it is not surprising that many have trouble finding the time to pursue scholarship in education. In this workshop, we will focus on first steps in building scholarship into already-planned teaching activities, using the principle of "making it count twice." Through a series of hands-on activities, we will consider important concepts in formulating a focused and relevant question, and developing a plan to collect data that can be used in scholarly communications and presentations.

Dates offered:

Workshop 2: Publishing Your Teaching Innovations

Presented by: Klara K. Papp, Ph.D., Co-Director, OSLER
Getting innovative work in medical education published is important. This workshop is for faculty interested in publishing educational innovations in peer-reviewed literature. We will discuss key criteria for writing up a manuscript of your innovation and for increasing the likelihood of getting it accepted for publication.

Dates offered:

Watch for additional workshops coming in 2015 presented by visiting professors.

Have a topic you would like to see a workshop on? Email your suggestions to: edresearch@hmc.psu.edu.

OSLER's Mission

The mission of the Office for Scholarship in Learning and Education Research (OSLER) is to enhance Penn State College of Medicine's capacity to perform cutting-edge educational research, inform institutional decision making on educational matters and further the field of health-sciences education.


To fulfill our mission, OSLER participates in the following activities:

  •  Engaging in cutting-edge educational research by publishing in peer-reviewed journals, presenting research findings at state and national conferences, presenting information about educational innovations at Penn State Hershey Medical Center at regional, national, and international conferences.
  • Supporting faculty educational scholarship by providing data from our IRB approved data registry. Stakeholders including faculty, staff, and medical or physician assistant students may complete an application and conduct a research study particularly as it pertains to evaluating the outcomes of our educational innovations. See the MERC tab for information on how to submit a MERC proposal.
  • Providing consultation to members of the faculty, staff, and students on research design, data analysis, and manuscript preparation.


Dr. Papp, Dr. Kalet, Dr. Haidet

Dear Colleagues,

Thanks so much to those who attended and participated in the kickoff celebration for the Office of Scholarship in Learning and Education Research (OSLER) at the Penn State College of Medicine. We were delighted by the robust turnout and the thoughtful dialogue during Dr. Adina Kalet's (@AKaletMD) three talks. Dr. Kalet expressed to us how impressed she was with the engagement and sophistication of the audience at Penn State.

We encourage you to bookmark our website (www.med.psu.edu/OSLER) and watch for upcoming developments and resources to help your efforts to pursue scholarly work in education. In the upcoming months, we will be starting up several initiatives for educators and scholars:

  • A workshop series on commonly-requested topics about scholarship in education
  • A PSU education data registry to facilitate data retrieval and management for projects using Penn State College of Medicine data
  • Readings and links of interest for education scholars
  • One-on-one consultations

We are very excited to be a part of the PSU community interested in scholarship in education, and we look forward to participating in the great work that goes on in our institution.


Paul Haidet, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of Medical Education Research

Klara K. Papp, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Assessment and Program Evaluation


The Office of Scholarship in Learning and Education Research (OSLER)
held its Inaugural Celebration on April 17, 2014

More than fifty faculty and staff members of Penn State Hershey College of Medicine and Hershey Medical Center attended and participated in conversations on important topics with a well-renowned medical education researcher, Dr. Adina L. Kalet, (@AKaletMD) professor of medicine and surgery from New York University.

Dr. Kalet states that "in this unsettling and exciting time of rapid change in the U.S. health care system, medical education researchers, if well positioned and prepared, may have an opportunity to redraw the map of medical training to meet modern realities while preserving the core values of our profession." Kalet AL.  The State of Medical Education Research.  Virtual Mentor 2007; 9: 285-9.

Topics of discussion included Dr. Kalet's insights on the State of Medical Education Research, Key Ingredients for Success in Medical Education Research, what OSLER can offer and how a data registry can help.  Insights into remediation practices and effectiveness were also shared.

Contact Information

Penn State College of Medicine
Office of Medical Education, H123
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033

717-531-0003, ext. 280809 – Office
717-531-4786 – Fax





Paul Haidet, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of Medical Education Research

Paul M. Haidet, M.D., M.P.H., is a graduate of Penn State, where he earned his BS and MD degrees and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine. He left Penn State in 1995 to pursue fellowship training in general internal medicine and a master's degree in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health. After that, he spent 11 years on the faculty of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, before returning to Penn State in 2009 as a professor in the departments of Medicine, Humanities, and Public Health Sciences. Dr. Haidet has published widely on a variety of topics related to education and teaching, communication, and the humanistic care of patients, and he has won a number of regional, national, and international awards for his work. He is a past president of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, and has served on the editorial board of the journal Medical Education.

717-531-0003, ext. 285218




Klara K. Papp, Ph.D
Associate Dean for Assessment and Program Evaluation

Klara K. Papp, Ph.D., earned her degree in educational psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She joins Penn State College of Medicine after serving as the Associate Dean for Assessment at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Papp is a deputy editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine and guest editor for its 2013 Education issue. She served on the National Council of the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) and chaired its research committee. She is a recipient of the CDIM's Charles H. Griffith, III, Educational Research Award. Dr. Papp is a leader in competency-based assessment design that includes both qualitative and quantitative assessments of learner performance. In her work she collaborates with course and clerkship faculty to guide the preparation of test questions and to ensure fairness in scoring them. In addition, she provides expertise in the design of methods to collect curriculum feedback and inform improvements that occur in real time and from year-to-year.

717-531-0003, ext. 281249




Carol F. Whitfield, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Senior Scholar, OSLER

Carol F. Whitfield, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. degree at George Washington University School of Medicine in physiology and biochemistry. After beginning a research career at Penn State College of Medicine, she was drawn into medical education, first as the Director of the Physiology Course, and Director of the Multidisciplinary Labs. She then participated in several task forces charged with modernizing the medical curriculum, and was appointed Co-director of the Problem-Based Learning Track. Dr. Whitfield and her co-director designed from the ground up, implemented and ran this new track for 6 years, leading up to the first hybrid curriculum beginning in 1997. She became Director of PBL and Co-Director of the new Renal Medicine Course. In 2005 she was appointed as Associate Dean for the Pre-clerkship Curriculum. Recently she co-chaired committees for renewal of the curriculum, in partnership with the Associate Dean for Clinical Education, an effort that culminated in the new curriculum that began in August 2013. She has won many teaching awards and published papers relating the success of the PBL track. Her experience implementing this method of instruction led to many presentations at national meetings and at other medical schools. She is a charter member of the International Association of Medical Science Educators and served on the Board of Directors for several years, and is a reviewer for Academic Medicine and other journals. In 2014 she was appointed as the inaugural Senior Scholar in OSLER. She is currently teaching 2 electives and developing a new educationally related elective for MSIV students, and working on 3 research projects related to development of medical students as educators, effect of the new curriculum on clinical reasoning skills, and is a member of a collaborative in developing a method for assessing evidence-based medicine skills of medical students.







Please watch for OSLER offerings such as:

  • Links to submit requests for an OSLER consultation
  • Links to useful documents, helpful websites, research papers etc.
  • Information on the Penn State University education data registry
  • Schedule of upcoming workshops and events

In the meantime, please feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation or request information.

Email: edresearch@hmc.psu.edu
Phone: 717-531-0003, ext. 280809