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Laboratory of Adam B. Wilson, PhD

Adam Wilson, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology. In his graduate work, he was trained as both an anatomy educator and a medical educationalist. He holds a doctoral minor in education. As such, his research focus in is the field of educational measurement and evaluation, which entails a range of topics including test/instrument development and validation, program evaluation, and quantitative analysis of educational and psychological data. Wilson conducts research in both medical education and anatomy education.

Our work

Recent projects have focused on meta-analyzing debated topics in anatomy education. These studies have explored the use of virtual versus optical microscopy, the efficacy of anatomy laboratory pedagogies, and the use of student-centered and computer-aided instruction in the anatomical sciences. Past projects have focused on evaluating the general state and use of assessments in undergraduate and graduate medical education, such as the script concordance test.

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Technology and methods

A variety of statistical and qualitative methods are used to study medical/anatomy education. Wilson has experience with the following methods:

  • Meta-analysis
  • Confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis
  • Path analysis
  • Regression and correlational analyses
  • General inferential and descriptive statistics
  • Thematic analyses

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  1. Wilson AB, Barger JB, Perez P, Brooks WS. Is the supply of continuing education in the anatomical sciences keeping up with the demand? Results of a national survey. Anatomical Sciences Education. 2017. (In-press)
  2. Wilson AB, Miller CH, Klein BA, Taylor MA, Goodwin M, Boyle E, Brown K, Hoppe C, Lazarus M. A meta-analysis of anatomy laboratory pedagogies. Clinical Anatomy. 2018; 31:122-133.
  3. Wilson AB, Grichanik M, Williams JM. Computer-based administration and grading of free response practical examination items: A comparison of assessment programs and case study. Medical Science Educator. 2017; 27(4):847-853.
  4. †Byram JN, Seifert MF, Brooks WS, Fraser-Cotlin L, Thorp LE, Williams JM, Wilson AB. Using generalizability analysis to estimate parameters for anatomy assessments: A multi-institutional study. Anatomical Science Education. 2017; 10(2):109-119.
  5. Wilson AB, Taylor MA, Klein BA, Sugrue MK, Whipple EC, Brokaw JJ. Meta-analysis and Review of Learner Performance & Perceptions: Virtual versus Optical Microscopy. Medical Education. 2016; 50:428-440.
  6. Kreiter, CD, Wilson AB, Humbert AJ, Wade PA. Examining rater and occasion influences in observational assessments obtained from within the clinical environment. Medical Education On-line. 2016; 21:29279.
  7. Wilson AB, Pike GR, Humbert AJ. Testing for multilevel dimensionality: A higher-order factor analysis of a script concordance test. Medical Science Educator. 2015; 25:439-446.
  8. Wilson AB, Torbeck LJ, Dunnington GL. Ranking surgical residency programs: Reputation survey or outcomes measures? Journal of Surgical Education. 2015; 72(6):e243-e250.
  9. Torbeck LJ, Wilson AB, Choi JN, Dunnington GL. Identification of behaviors and techniques for promoting autonomy in the operating room. Surgery. 2015; 158(4):1102-1110.
  10. †Traser CJ, Hoffman LA, Seifert MF, Wilson AB. Investigating the use of QR codes in the gross anatomy laboratory. Anatomical Science Education. 2015; 8(5):421-428.
  11. Wilson AB, Choi JN, Torbeck LJ, Mellenger J, Dunnington GL, Williams RG. Clinical Assessment and Management Examination – Outpatient (CAMEO): Its validity and use in a surgical milestones paradigm. Journal of Surgical Education. 2015; 72(1):33-40.
  12. Wilson AB, Pike GR, Humbert AJ. Analyzing script concordance test scoring methods and items by difficulty and type. Teaching and Learning in Medicine: An International Journal. 2014; 26(2);135-145.
  13. Wilson AB, Pike GR, Humbert AJ. Preliminary factor analyses raise concerns about script concordance test utility. Medical Science Educator. 2014; 24(1):51-58.
  14. Cooper DD, Wilson AB, Huffman GN, Humbert AJ. Medical students’ perception of residents as teachers: Comparing effectiveness of residents and faculty during simulation debriefings. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2012; 4(4):486-489.
  15. Wilson A, Fegan F, Romence B, Uhe K, Dionne B. Precepting the medical assistant practicum: expectations and rewards: an evaluation of preceptors' opinions. Journal of Allied Health. 2011; 40(4):212.
  16. Wilson AB, Petty M, Williams JM, Thorp LE. An Investigation of Alternating Group Dissections in Medical Gross Anatomy. Teaching and Learning in Medicine: An International Journal. 2011; 23(1):46 - 52.
  17. Wilson AB, Ross C, Petty M, Williams JM, Thorp LE. Bridging the transfer gap: laboratory exercise combines clinical exposure and anatomy review. Medical Education. Aug 2009; 43(8):790-798

A full list of Adam B. Wilson's research publications can be found on PubMed.

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American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Research Award (PI):  “Exploring whether professional development benefits promote leadership, committee engagement, and career satisfaction among PAs”. 2017.

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Graduate and medical students

Previously mentored graduate and medical students:

  • Courtney Lloyd, PhD – Department of Physician Assistant Studies, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Jessica Byram, PhD – Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
  • Ramin Chitsaz – Rush Medical College, medical class of 2020

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Adam Wilson, PhD
Associate Professor
Director of Anatomy Education
Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
Rush University Medical Center
Armour Academic Center, Suite 505A
600 S. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Office: (312) 942-5903

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