Health Professions Education Research Scholars (HERS)

High-quality education research is dependent upon those that deliver the education to also have the capacity to design and execute rigorous research programs. To meet this need, the TEACH academy has developed an interdisciplinary health professions education research curriculum. The goal of this curriculum is to produce excellent education researchers in the health professions, through didactic and experiential sessions. In addition, participants will complete a mentored education research project of peer-reviewed quality.

The Health professions Education Research Scholars (HERS) program is a monthly all day session (18 sessions total) with content from the Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program, developed and offered through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), plus an experiential project in which participants are actively mentored through the development and execution of a scholarly research project.  A competitive selection process will be used to identify program participants.

Participants will be required to protect one designated day per month, with support of their department, to devote to participation in the HERS program.  Upon completion of the program, participants will receive their MERC certification from the AAMC.

Along with submitting an application, participants must document Chair support with a signed Requirements and Expectations document found below.  A $3,000 fee per participant will be required. 

This 18-month intensive, mentor-guided program will both improve the execution of health professions education at Carillon Clinic and contribute to national and international academic research on health professions education.

Click here to complete your brief application.

Click here to download the Requirements and Expectations document.


2019-2021 HERS Class Selected – Congratulate your colleagues!

TEACH is proud to announce the 2019-2021 class of the Health Professions Education Research Scholars (HERS) Program! The HERS program was developed in order to provide participants with instruction in health professions education research principles, guide participants through the development of mentor-guided peer-reviewed quality research projects, foster collaboration within health professions education research, and help to develop our participants as leaders in academic medicine.

Below are the members for the 2019-2021 HERS program.

Jennifer Bath, MSN, RN, Trauma Services, Carilion ClinicKhalief Hamden, MD, Emergency Medicine, Carilion ClinicDaniel Lollar, MD, Surgery, Carilion ClinicJulie Morris, DHEd, Center for Simulation, Research, and Patient Safety, Carilion ClinicJaclyn Nunziato, MD, OBGyn, Carilion ClinicSilvia Naatalia Jaimes Ocazionez, MD, PediatricsSrujana Pachigolla, MD, Internal Medicine/Hospitalist, Carilion Clinic