Distance Education and Learning Styles

Educational Research

Educational research within the Department centers on learning and technology issues that affect individual learners, learning processes, and learning environments to develop physicians committed to life long learning. Research topics focus on self-directed learning, the learning environment for Clerkship students at remote and rural community-based sites, and those learning environments created by the emerging Internet. Achievements include the online authoring tool called Design-A-Case©. This online tool has an authoring template and a library of interactive clinical cases that can be built by case authors. These web cases have been used in our medical student education programs and our technology workshops.


Lebensohn P, Kilger B, Dodds S, Schneider C, Sroka S, Benn R, Cook P, Guerrera M, Low Dog T, Sierpina V, et al. Integrative medicine in residency education: developing competency through online curriculum training. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2012; 4(1): 76-82.

Shokar GS, Bulik RJ. A group peer review process for web-based cases: monitoring quality and recognizing faculty scholarship. Family Medicine. 2009; 41(S3).

Shokar GS, Bulik RJ, Shokar NK. A comparison of medical students' self-directed learning readiness with standard medical student performance evaluation. Family Medicine. 2009; 41(S1).

Shokar, GS; Shokar, NK; Romero, CM; Bulik, RJ. Self Directed Learning: Looking at Outcomes With Medical Students. Family Medicine. 2002, 34(3):197-200.

Shokar, GS; Bulik, RJ; Baldwin, CD. Student Perspectives on the Integration of Interactive Web-based Cases into a Family Medicine Clerkship. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 2005, 17(1):74-9.

Shokar, GS; Burdine, RL; Callaway, MR; Bulik, RJ. Relating Student Performance on A Family Medicine Clerkship with Completion of Web Cases. Family Medicine. 2005, 37(9):620-2.


Ferrell, B (PI): Enhancing Physician Competencies for Shared Decision Making in Primary Care. Subcontract. Subcontract with R Volk, PhD MD Anderson Cancer Center. 09/09 – 02/11. $36,747.

Shokar, G (PI): Developing Interactive Web-Based Clinical Cases across the Core Disciplines in Medicine. UT System Award. 11/08-02/10. $211,489.

Sierpina, VS (PI): Predoctoral Training in Primary Care. HRSA/BHPR 5 D56 HP 083450300 7/07-6/10. $474,000.

Shokar, G (PI): Predoctoral Training Grant: Focus in Family Medicine Education. HRSA/BHPR 2 D16 HP 00034-04 7/03-6/06. $480,000.

Department of Family Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
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Galveston, Texas 77555-1123

Susan Weller, PhD

Susan Weller, PhD
Director, Research Program

Bret Howrey, PhD

Bret Howrey, PhD
Associate Director, Research Program