Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Tekian’s teaching interests include assessment in health
professions education (HPE), curriculum development, and medical simulation. He is involved in
teaching both core and elective courses in HPE. Ara Tekian is a leading scholar in professions education
with significant and sustained research contributions that have made groundbreaking and longstanding
impact on educational practices of health professionals, both within the United States and around the
world. His work has advanced educational research and influenced practice in four programmatic
research areas: (1) underrepresented minorities in medicine, (2) international faculty development, (3)
simulation in medical education, and (4) assessment of competence in medicine. His research has vastly
improved standards for educational practice and training of health professionals and transformed
international guidelines that have direct consequences on the quality of patient safety and public good.
Overall, Ara has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented over 140 peer-
reviewed presentations. He teaches widely, conducting over 295 invited workshops and courses, and
235 invited presentations, in 45 countries. During the past decade, he has secured over 5 million dollars
of external grant and contract funds to conduct educational research and to train leaders and scholars in
health professions education. In July 2012, the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME)
conferred its ASME Gold Medal to Ara, in recognition of his scholarship and leadership in international
contexts. In 2017, Ara received the prestigious AERA Division I Distinguished Career Award. He was
also the 2017 recipient of the highly acclaimed Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Categories: Department of Medical Education, DME Faculty, Master of Health Professions Education
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