John Burkhardt, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Assistant Professor, Learning Health Sciences

Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
1500 E Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-5303


Administrative Contact

Sharnita Grant
[email protected]


John C. Burkhardt is an Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine and Learning Health Sciences.  In addition to Dr. Burkhardt’s clinical work in Emergency Medicine, he has earned both a Master’s and Ph.D. in Higher Education in order to expand his quantitative and policy analytic skills to address large scale professional education issues.  His research focuses on critically reevaluating medical education policy to increase fairness, equity, and ultimately address health care disparities.  This interest is grounded in a commitment to bring better alignment across key components of medical education so that, as a profession, we can more fully meet societal needs and the needs of our patients.  His scholarship has included areas such as recruitment, admissions, selection of residents, curriculum, and assessment.  He has chosen these areas due to a belief that there is a current mismatch between our stated goals of inclusion in the profession and our preparation of physicians to meet looming needs in areas of specialization (especially primary care and emergency care), the documented needs of traditionally underserved medical populations, and the way we select, recruit, and train medical students and residents.  To address these issues in a novel manner, he also has expanded his research to include examining the effect of educational diversity on health care delivery in order to reconceptualize medical education as an underutilized lever in healthcare disparities amelioration.

Areas of Interest

Academic and medical specialty career interest, admissions and resident selection processes, career development, educational policy, pipeline issues, public policy, health care disparities, and social justice

Subject-matter expertise: quantitative methodology, large-scale secondary data usage in research, educational policy analysis


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