Preface: Case Studies of Medical Education Research Groups

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, 2411 Holmes, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA.
Academic Medicine (Impact Factor: 2.93). 11/2004; 79(10):966-8. DOI: 10.1097/00001888-200410000-00015
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    • "These and other early successes have yielded increasing levels of institutional support with the establishment of formal offices, departments, and centers of medical education research. These centers began as and continue to be diverse in structure, size, and purpose [18]. Examples of highly functioning units are described in a special issue of Academic Medicine, published in 2004. "
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