Patricia Mullan

Patricia B. Mullan, PhD

Professor Emerita of Learning Health Sciences


Patricia B. Mullan is Professor Emeritus of Learning Health Sciences, has over thirty years of experience in the design and evaluation of medical education programs. Her over 100 peer-reviewed publications in medical education include award-winning work in palliative care and cancer education research training. She is the Director of the Medical Education Scholars Program, a faculty development program for medical education, research, and leadership. Her area of scholarly focus is the theory and practice of evaluating medical education programs designed to promote compassionate and competent care. A pervasive theme in this program evaluation research is the study of educational innovations that have not traditionally been part of medicine’s focus - from preventive care to palliative care - and with trainees ranging from community health workers to clinical scholars. In international medical education research, her work focuses on faculty development and the evaluation of medical training programs.

Areas of Interest

Research and scholarly interests: program evaluation, assessment, autonomy supporting learning theories and teaching methods, faculty development, relationship-centered care, cancer education, professional socialization, career development in health professions and international medical education

Subject-matter expertise: program evaluation, assessment, mixed (quantitative and qualitative) research methods, medical ethics

Other professional highlights:

  • Awards for “best paper” from educational and medical educational organizations
  • National and foundation supported grant research on medical and health professions education interventions designed to promote competence and leadership in diverse health professionals for entrustable care responsibilities ranging from disease prevention to palliative care
  • Chaired and participated in the review of health professions education related grants for various National Institutes of Health and foundations
  • Leadership of national health professions education organizations
  • Faculty, Master of Health Professions Education program

Published Articles or Reviews

Selected publications:

  • Rappley MD, Mullan PB, Alvarez FJ, Eneli IU, Wang J. Diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and use of psychotropic medication in very young children. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 153:1039-1045, 1999
  • Weissman D, Ambuel B, von Gunten C, Block S, Warm E, Hallenback J, Milch R, Brasel K, Mullan PB. Outcomes from a national multispecialty palliative care curriculum development project. Journal of Palliative Medicine 10(2): 408-419. 2007. Reprinted in Palliative care: Transforming the care of serious illness. Editors: Meier DE, Isaacs SL, Hughes R. Wiley and sons. 2011.
  • Grant M, Hanson J, Mullan PB. Disseminating End-of-Life Education to Cancer Centers: Program Overview and Evaluation. Journal of Cancer Education 22(3): 140-148. 2007.
  • Soliman AS, Mullan PB, Chamberlain RM. Research training of students in minority populations and international settings: Lessons learned from cancer epidemiology education in special populations. Journal of Cancer Education. 2010. 25 (2): 263-269
  • Brandon C, Mullan PB. Teaching medical management and operations engineering for systems-based practice to Radiology residents. Academic Radiology. 2013. 20 (3): 345-350.
  • Mullan PB, Williams J, Malani P, Riba M, Haig A, Perry J, Kolars J, Mangrulkar R, Williams B. Promoting medical students’ reflection on competencies to advance a global health equities curriculum. BMC: Medical Education. 2014.
  • Burk-Rafel J, Mullan PB, Wagenschutz H, Pulstkorenberg A, Skye E, Davis M. Developing scholarly concentration programs: a data-driven, learner-centric approach. Academic Medicine. Accepted for publication 2016.
  • von Gunten CF, Mullan PB, Nelesen R, Garman K, McNeal H, Savoia M, Muchmore E, Ikeda T, Amundson S, McKennett M, Diamant J, Pepper P, Gray C, Weissman D. Primary care residents improve knowledge, skills, attitudes, and practice after a clinical curriculum with a hospice. Accepted for publication in American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 2016.

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