Larry Gruppen

Larry D. Gruppen, PhD

Professor of Learning Health Sciences
Former Director of the Master of Health Professions Education Program
Former Chair of the Department (2003 - 2014)


Larry Gruppen is Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School, where he directs the competency-based Master in Health Professions Education program. His research interests center around the development of expertise, knowledge and performance assessment, self-regulated learning, and educational leadership development. He has held the offices of president of the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education and chair of the Association of American Medical College¹s (AAMC) Central Group on Educational Affairs. He was also the founding Chair of the AAMC's Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program. He has over 135 peer-reviewed publications on a variety of topics in medical education and has been recognized for career productivity by the Association of American Medical College's Central Group for Educational Affairs¹ Medical Education Laureate Award, the 2015 John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the Merrel Flair Award from the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs. He enjoys 39 years of marriage to his wife, Louise, and has two sons and a daughter-in-law.

Areas of Interest

Research and scholarly interests: clinical reasoning, therapeutic decision making, faculty development effectiveness, economics of medical education, assessment in competency-based education, educational leadership development

Subject-matter expertise: assessment and measurement, expertise and expert performance, study design, quantitative methods, reasoning and decision making

Other professional highlights:

  • Over 135 peer-reviewed publications
  • Recipient of the 2015 John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Recipient of the 2015 Merrell Flair Award from the Group on Educational Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Founding Chair of the Association of American Medical College’s Medical Education Research Certificate program
  • Inaugural Fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe
  • Former chair of the Department of Medical Education at University of Michigan
  • More than US$1.1 million in educational research grant funding
  • Co-director, Best Evidence Medical Education International Collaborative Centre, Association for Medical Education in Europe
  • Offices and leadership positions in various medical education societies
  • Faculty, Master of Health Professions Education program

Published Articles or Reviews

  • Gruppen LD, Stansfield RB, Zhao Z, Sen S. Institution and specialty contribute to resident satisfaction with their learning environment and workload. Academic Medicine, 90;S77-S82, 2015.
  • Gruppen LD, Burkhardt J, Fitzgerald JT, Funnell M, Haftel H, Lypson ML, Mullan PB, Santen SA, Sheets KJ, Vasquez JA. Competency-based education: programme design and challenges to implementation. Medical Education, 50:532-539, 2016.
  • Cutrer WB, Miller B, Pusic MV, Mejicano G, Mangrulkar RS, Gruppen LD, Hawkins RE, Skochelak SE, Moore DE. Fostering the development of master adaptive learners: a conceptual model to guide skill acquisition in medical education. Academic Medicine, online ahead of print, doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000001323, 2016.
  • Gruppen LD, Stansfield RB. Personal and institutional components of the medical school educational environment. Academic Medicine, in press, 2016.
  • Gruppen LD, Frank JR, Lockyer J, Ross S, Bould MD, Harris P, Bhanji F, Hodges B, Snell LS, ten Cate O, for the International CBME Collaborators. Towards a research agenda for competency-based medical education. Medical Teacher, in press, 2016.

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