Best Evidence Medical and Health Professional Education

Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine BICC

BICC Contact Information

BICC leaders: Janice Hanson Ph.D., Professor and Eva Aagaard MD, Professor
BICC members: Tom De Fer MD, Donna Jeffe PhD, Debbie Thomas MLS,  Heather Hageman MA, Nichole Zehnder MD, Carolyn DuFault PhD, Simon Haroutounian, Benjamin Kinnear MD MEd (University of Cincinnati), Tammy Sonn MD, Justin Sadhu MD MPHS FACC, Steven Ambler PT DPT PhD MPH,  Snehal Shah MD, Wanda Mahoney PhD OTR/L, Megan Wren MD

Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine
Medical Education Research Unit (MERU)
Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at Washington University Medical Center


BICC Background

Washington University became a BICC in the spring of 2014. Since that time, we have supported eight systematic reviews through the various stages of development from the initial proposal onwards.

Main areas of interest/expertise

Evidence-informed health professions education, interprofessional education, curriculum development, program evaluation, assessment of learning, systematic reviews, education technology, educational outcomes research, competency-based medical education, teaching methods, professional identity formation, diversity and inclusion in health professional education, validity arguments and frameworks, graduate medical education, teaching of procedures, teaching and assessment using simulation and standardized patients

Contributions made to BEME

      Support of BEME Review Committee through the evaluation and development of eight systematic review proposals. Membership on the BRC.


      Update and Information Reports

      In 2017, Dr. Aagaard, formerly director of the University of Colorado BICC, joined Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine as Senior Associate Dean for Education and more recently Associate Vice Chancellor for Medical Education. She previously served as the Chair of the Fundraising Committee and on the research committee. She now serves on the BRC. Dr. Hanson joined Washington University St. Louis School of Medicine as Director of Education Scholarship Development and Co-Director of the Medical Education Research Unit in January 2019, and she has been the BICC leader since that time.