Grand Rounds : Archive, 2003-2013

Dr. Ilene Harris

Ilene Harris is currently Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Medical Education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago (UIC), and also Professor in the Department of Pathology, in the Division of Pathology Education. Prior to coming to UIC in 2003, Dr. Harris was at the University of Minnesota Medical School-Twin Cities, for almost 30 years, most recently as Professor and Director of the Office of Educational Development and Research and Professor in the College of Education.

Dr. Harris is well known for her national and regional leadership activities. She completed a four-year term as member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting Research in Medical Education (RIME) Conference Steering Committee, and served as Chair in 1999. She was the first Convenerof the AAMC Central Region RIME Section, and in that role served as RIME Program Chair for several years for Central Region Group on Education Affairs (CGEA). She was also Chair of the CGEA. Dr. Harris has also had major leadership roles in the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Division of Education in the Professions (Division I), which has become a major venue for presentation of research on medical education. She was President of the Division, and prior to that Division Secretary and Program Chair.

Dr. Harris has been a productive scholar over a long career in medical education, with research interests in clinical performance assessment, teaching in ambulatory settings, curriculum deliberation, and qualitative research methods. Her research has been reported in over 90 papers in leading peer-reviewed journals in medical education and curriculum studies and over 200 presentations at national and regional meetings. She has also served as a consultant to many organizations.