SoME Webinar


The Section on Medical Education hosts webinars 4x times a year.  Each webinar features a content expert as well as several panelists.  The webinars are broken into several sections to facilitate interaction between the panelists and the audience.

If you have suggestions for webinar topic, would like to host a webinar, or have the names of junior faculty who might benefit from participation as a panelist, please contact Lekshmi Santhosh, MD.

We use a web-based platform, which allows real-time discussion online. Active participation in the session is encouraged.

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Upcoming Webinar:

How to Make a High-Quality Qualitative Research Study: When Your Data Are Words 

Date: Thursday, September 20th from 11 AM – 12 PM PST/2 PM – 3 PM EST

 We’ll answer your questions like…

  • Ever wish you could run a focus group well?
  • Wait, do open-ended questions in surveys count as ‘qualitative’?
  • What are “mixed methods” studies & how do you do them well?
  • Is this too complicated for a busy pulmonary/critical care doc?

 Why Qualitative?

  • Richer deeper data than your simple “Likert scale”
  • More compelling narrative arguments for your educational project
  • An important new educational research skill in your toolbox

 In this webinar, we will explore the world of qualitative research methodology, an increasingly important and compelling research method to add to your educational toolbox. We’ll discuss what kinds of studies qualitative methods could be useful for, design appropriate qualitative research questions, and discuss common pitfalls in qualitative research. We’ll hear from a nationally famous medical education research expert in qualitative methods about her best tips and tricks and will discuss application of these to PCCM (pulmonary/critical care) educational research with one of our own Section on Medical Education pulmonary & critical care researchers.  Whether you are just dipping your toe in medical education research or whether you’re already knee-deep in analyzing your qualitative data responses, this webinar will provide you with an excellent framework and propel your educational research to the next level.

To register for this webinar, please click here!


Molly Hayes, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard  Medical School
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Bridget O’Brien, PhD
Associate Professor
Office of Medical Education, Research & Development
University of California-San Francisco (UCSF)


Lekshmi Santhosh, MD
Associate Program Director, Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
University of California-San Francisco (UCSF)

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Last Reviewed: August 2018