Rachel Yudkowsky is Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. She serves as Director of the Dr Allen L and Mary L Graham Clinical Performance Center where she develops standardized patient and simulation-based programs for the instruction and assessment of students, residents and staff. She also serves as Director of the University of Illinois Health Sciences Simulation Consortium, and as co-President of the Chicago Simulation Consortium.
Dr. Yudkowsky received her MD from Northwestern University Medical School in 1979 and is Board Certified in Psychiatry. She obtained her Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) degree from UIC in 2000. She served as medical student psychiatry clerkship director, psychiatry residency program director, and director of education for the Evanston Hospital Department of Psychiatry, and as associate director of graduate medical education for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Northwestern University Medical School before joining the faculty of DME in 1999.
Dr. Yudkowsky served as Chair of the Research and Grants Committee of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) from 2007-2009, and serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Simulation in Healthcare. She received the Outstanding Educator Award from ASPE in 2009. Her book Assessment in Health Professions Education, co-edited with Steven Downing, was published by Routledge n 2009.
Areas of research interest include performance assessment using standardized patients and other simulations, especially for physical exam skills, communication skills, clinical reasoning, and basic procedural skills; and setting passing standards for performance exams.
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