October 12, 2023

DLHS honors MHPE's Dr. Larry Gruppen at symposium in his name

The Department of Learning Health Sciences recently honored retired long-standing Director of the Master's in Health Professions Education (MHPE) program, Larry D. Gruppen, PhD, at a symposium in his name. The Gruppen symposium and reception saw family, friends, and longtime colleagues honoring Dr. Gruppen for his dedication and commitment to the success of medical education.

The gathering at the University of Michigan Palmer Commons Forum Hall featured presentations from MHPE Scholar and Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education at University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS), Louito C. Edje, MD, MHPE, FAAFP, Professor and Vice Chair of the Center for Health profession Education Uniformed Services University, Steven Durning, MD, PhD, MACP, and UMMS Dean Emeritus, James O. Woolliscroft, MD, MACP, FRCP.

Dr. Gruppen's career and research centered around key medical education areas such as faculty development effectiveness, the economics of medical education, competency-based education assessment, and educational leadership development.

Dr. Gruppen is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Learning Health Sciences, where he directed the competency-based MHPE program. He is the former Department Chair and 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. 

Dr. Gruppen was also the founding Chair of the AAMC's Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program. He has over 135 peer-reviewed publications on various topics in medical education. He 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.