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John C. Burkhardt, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Professor of Learning Health Sciences
Director of the Master of Health Professions Education Program
Accepting HILS PhD Students?
Yes, but only those interested in medical education. Not accepting PIBS students.

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

Research and scholarly interests: 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

Other professional highlights: 

  • Admissions Chair and Faculty, Master of Health Professions Education program
  • Director of Resident Research and Scholarly Development, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Co-Director, Path of Excellence: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Education Fellow
  • RISE (Research, Innovation, Scholarship, Education) Fellowship, University of Michigan Medical School

Published Articles or Reviews

  • Burkhardt, J., DesJardins, S., Gruppen, L.  Diversity in Emergency Medicine:  Are We Supporting a Career Interest in Emergency Medicine for Everyone? Annals of Emergency Medicine (In-Press) DOI:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2006.09.019
  • Burkhardt, J., DesJardins, S., Teener, C., Gay, S., Santen, S. Predicting Medical School Enrollment Behavior: Comparing an Enrollment Management Model to Expert Human Judgment. Academic Medicine, Vol 93, Issue 11S, 2018 (Pages S6-73) DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002374
  • Burkhardt, J., DesJardins, S., Teener, C., Gay, S., Santen, S. Enrollment Management in Medical School Admissions: A Novel Evidence-based Approach, Academic Medicine, Volume 91, Issue 11, 2016 (Pages 1561-1567)DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001188
  • Burkhardt, J., Smith-Coggins, R., Santen, S. Residents Values in a Rational Decision-Making Model: An Interest in Academics in Emergency Medicine, Internal and Emergency Medicine, Volume 11, Issue 7, 2016 (Pages 993-997). DOI: 10.1007/s11739-016-1408-8
  • Gruppen, L.D., Burkhardt, J., Fitzgerald, J.T., Funnell, M., Haftel, H., Lypson, M., Mullan, P.B., Santen, S., Sheets, K. Stalburg, C., Vasquez, J.A. Turning the tables: Competency-based education for the educators. Medical Education, Volume 50, Issue 5, 2015 (Pages 532-539). DOI: 10.1111/medu.12977
  • Burkhardt, J.What Can We Learn From Resident Selection Interviews?  Journal of Graduate Medical Education, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2015 (Pages 673-675). DOI: 10.4300/JGME-D-15-00403.1