Melissa A. Fischer, MD, MEd is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of
General Internal Medicine and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at the
University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed medical school at NYU, and
residency, chief residency and fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Stanford
University where she also obtained a Master's Degree in Education. In her current
capacity, Dr. Fischer is responsible for the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education
(OUME) which involves dedicated oversight for the School of Medicine’s curriculum
including comprehensive curriculum redesign, ongoing curriculum development and
management, programmatic evaluation, student assessment and faculty development. Dr.
Fischer has served as the Director of the 3rd year Internal Medicine clerkship and
subinternship and has participated in and led multiple other curricular elements and
curriculum committees. She is an active member of the Society of General Internal
Medicine and the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Fischer’s research
interests focus on using reflection and portfolios to promote and document learning and
improvement, teaching and learning from medical errors, pharmaceutical industry
influences on patient care and integrating medical education across the learning
continuum and across professions from medical school to practice. Dr. Fischer has
published her work in peer-reviewed journals including Academic Medicine, the Journal of
General Internal Medicine and JAMA. She has received multiple commendations for her work
including the SGIM regional educator of the year award, and a UMass STAR award, and she
is the first recipient of the Sarah L. Stone, MD Endowed Fellowship in Medical Education.

Articles

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Trends in Medical Error Education: Are We Failing Our Residents (with Corey K. Bradley and Kathleen E. Walsh), Academic pediatrics (2013)
 

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Interprofessional education in the internal medicine clerkship: results from a national survey (with Beth W. Liston, David P. Way, Dario Torre, and Klara K. Papp), Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges (2011)
 

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Comparison of blogged and written reflections in two medicine clerkships (with Heather-Lyn Haley, Carrie L. Saarinen, and Katherine C C. Chretien), Medical education (2011)
 

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University of Massachusetts Medical School (with Michele P. Pugnaire), Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges (2010)
 

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Piloting Standardized Immediate Student Evaluation of Lectures in Pre-Clinical Years (with Meghan E. Shea, Lorrie Gehlbach, and Mary L. Zanetti), Senior Scholars Program (2010)
 

Posters and Presentations

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Are Our Students Teachers? (with Joel Bradley), Senior Scholars Program (2012)
 

Other

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Medicine Clerkship Geriatrics Formative OSCE: Older Adult with Fatigue (with Gary Blanchard, Wendy L. Gammon, and Sarah M. McGee), Meyers Primary Care Institute Publications and Presentations (2010)