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Faculty Development Session: Running Your Own Focus Group

March 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Amy Sullivan, EdD

Director of Office of Education Research, 

Harvard Medical School Academy

Margaret Hayes,MD

Instructor in Medicine, 
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 



Want to conduct focus group research but not sure where to start? We can help! Focus group research can be an excellent, efficient approach to understanding and exploring trainee or faculty attitudes and experiences related to medical education. In this workshop we will explore the when, whys, and hows of this important qualitative research method.


In this 90-minute session, we will break down all the steps you need to know to get started: why and when to consider using focus groups, creating a focus group guide, preparing to run a focus group, ethical issues, and running a group.  You will have a chance to act as a moderator, note-taker, and participant and learn some of the essentials to running a successful group.


Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the major steps in conducting focus groups, from formulating the focus group guide, identifying the sample, and conducting the focus group session

Demonstrate how to play the role of moderator and note-taker in running a focus group.


Accreditation Statement:

The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1.5 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity


March 15, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Event Category:


Academy at Harvard Medical School
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Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC), HMS
260 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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