We are extremely proud of the many medical firsts our health care professionals have achieved. With over 18 Nobel Laureates associated with Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, we have some of the brightest medical minds pass through our halls. The dedication of our faculty to be on the forefront of medical innovation and research translates into the continued prominence of WUSM.
Our Research Faculty
Dr. Aagaard’s Research & Scholarship work is in  primary areas:
- Competency assessment and remediation- In this space, Dr. Aagaard is working with colleagues at CU to complete research on competency in GI procedures using learning curves. Locally, they are developing a new framework for competency assessment in the MD program. She is also working nationally on Milestones in Internal Medicine and at ABMS on remediation planning and development for practicing physicians.
- Situational Awareness- Dr. Aagaard is interested in how and when physicians develop situational awareness and how we might assess this. She has worked nationally to develop a tool and is now working with one of our residents to assess the reliability and validity of that tool.
- Curriculum development- Dr. Aagaard works locally and nationally on a variety of emerging areas of curriculum development. Currently, she is particularly interested in how we teach social and structural determinants of health. She has worked with a national team to define key areas necessary for instruction at the UME and GME level. She is also very interested in community engaged work and is interested in investigating the impact of such work on student/ resident career development and trajectory.
Dr. Hanson’s role is to develop the training, mentoring and support infrastructure necessary to help build a nationally recognized center for educational innovation, scholarship and research. Her areas of expertise include patient and family-centered care, patient/physician communication, curriculum development, learner assessment and evaluation in health professional education, humanities in medicine and qualitative research methods.