Larry Gruppen

Larry D. Gruppen, PhD

Professor of Learning Health Sciences
Former Director of the Master of Health Professions Education Program
Former Chair of the Department (2003 - 2014)


Larry Gruppen is Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School, where he directs the competency-based Master in Health Professions Education program. His research interests center around the development of expertise, knowledge and performance assessment, self-regulated learning, and educational leadership development. He has held the offices of president of the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education and chair of the Association of American Medical College¹s (AAMC) Central Group on Educational Affairs. He was also the founding Chair of the AAMC's Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program. He has over 135 peer-reviewed publications on a variety of topics in medical education and has been recognized for career productivity by the Association of American Medical College's Central Group for Educational Affairs¹ Medical Education Laureate Award, the 2015 John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the Merrel Flair Award from the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs. He enjoys 39 years of marriage to his wife, Louise, and has two sons and a daughter-in-law.

Areas of Interest

Research and scholarly interests: clinical reasoning, therapeutic decision making, faculty development effectiveness, economics of medical education, assessment in competency-based education, educational leadership development

Subject-matter expertise: assessment and measurement, expertise and expert performance, study design, quantitative methods, reasoning and decision making

Other professional highlights:

  • Over 135 peer-reviewed publications
  • Recipient of the 2015 John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Recipient of the 2015 Merrell Flair Award from the Group on Educational Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Founding Chair of the Association of American Medical College’s Medical Education Research Certificate program
  • Inaugural Fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe
  • Former chair of the Department of Medical Education at University of Michigan
  • More than US$1.1 million in educational research grant funding
  • Co-director, Best Evidence Medical Education International Collaborative Centre, Association for Medical Education in Europe
  • Offices and leadership positions in various medical education societies
  • Faculty, Master of Health Professions Education program

Published Articles or Reviews

  • Triemstra J, Haas M, Tam M, Neuendorf K, Reckelhoff K, Gottlieb-Smith R, Pedigo R, McTaggart S, Vasquez J, Hundert EM, Berkowitz B, Humphrey HJ, Gruppen LD. A decade of faculty development for health professions educators: Lessons learned from the Macy Faculty Scholars Program. BMC Medical Education, 2023, doi: 10.1186/s12909-023-04155-x.
  • Emery M, Wolff M, Merritt C, Ellinas H, McHugh D, Zaher M, Semiao MI, Gruppen LD. An outcomes research perspective on medical education: has anything changed in the last 18 years? Medical Teacher, 2022 Jul 20:1-8. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2022.2099259.
  • Wright K, Gruppen LD, Kuo KW, Muzyk A, Nahmias J, Reed DA, Sandhu G, Shelgikar A, Stojan JN, Uchida TL, Wallihan R, Hurtubise L. Assessing changes in the quality of quantitative health educations research: a perspective from communities of practice. BMC Medical Education 2022 Apr 1;22(1):227. doi: 10.1186/s12909-022-03301-1. 
  • Gruppen LD, Irby DI, Durning SJ, Maggio LA. Conceptualizing learning environments in the health professions. Academic Medicine, 94(7):969-974, 2019.

A list of all publications can be found here.

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