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Chair, Education Research Group

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


My Biography & Research


Dr. Schumacher’s academic and research interests focus on the important intersection of learner outcomes and patient outcomes. He believes that meaningful learner assessment is foundational to this work, and much of his work to date has been in this area. He is a member of the Pediatrics Milestone Project Working Group, which has led him to publish and lecture widely on the Milestone Project and competency-based medical education, both within and outside the pediatric community.

Dr. Schumacher joined the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s from his role as an associate program director at the Boston Combined Residency Program, the training program of Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. In that role, he directed the program’s competency-based assessment system. This gives him practical knowledge that is informing his current research program focused on milestones-based assessment, the use of entrustable professional activities in outcomes-based assessment, and the structure and function of clinical competency committees that analyze assessment data to make summative assessment decisions. In this work, Dr. Schumacher is fortunate to be mentored by national and international experts in outcomes-based assessment.

Dr. Schumacher is a current visiting scholar of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and a previous visiting scholar of the American Board of Medical Specialties. He has been part of national efforts of the ABP, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Association of American Medical Colleges, National Board of Medical Examiners, Federation of Pediatric Organizations, American Academy of Pediatrics, Association of Pediatric Program Directors, and Academic Pediatric Association. He is currently pursuing a PhD in medical education.

Research Interests

Learner assessment; medical education

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine

My Education

MD: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI, 2005.

Residency: Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI, 2008.

Chief Residency: Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI, 2009.

Fellowship: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.

MEd: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.

My Publications

Schumacher DJ, Frintner MP, Winn A, Cull W. Graduating Pediatrics Residents’ Reports on the Impact of Fatigue Over the Past Decade of Duty Hour Changes. Academic Pediatrics. 2015;15(4):362-366.

Schumacher DJ, Spector N, Calaman S, West DC, Cruz M, Frohna J, Gonzalez del Rey J, Gustafson KK, Poynter SE, Rosenbluth G, Southgate WM, Vinci RJ, Sectish TC. Putting the Pediatrics Milestones into Practice: A Consensus Roadmap and Resource Analysis. Pediatrics. 2014;133(5):898-906.

Schumacher DJ, Englander R, Hicks PJ, Carraccio C, Guralnick S. Domain of Competence: Patient Care. Academic Pediatrics. 2014;14(2S):S13-S35.

Schumacher DJ, Frintner MP, Jain A, Cull W. The 2011 ACGME Standards: Impact reported by graduating residents on the working and learning environment. Academic Pediatrics. 2014;14(2):149-154.

Schumacher DJ, Bria C, Frohna JG. The Quest Toward Unsupervised Practice: Promoting Autonomy, Not Independence. JAMA. 2013;310(24):2613-2614.

Schumacher DJ, Englander R, Carraccio C. Developing the Master Learner: Applying Learning Theory to the Learner, the Teacher, and the Learning Environment. Academic Medicine. 2013;88(11):1635-1645.

Schumacher DJ, Lewis KO, Burke AE, Smith ML, Schumacher JB, Pitman MA, Ludwig S, Hicks PJ, Guralnick S, Englander R, Benson B, Carraccio C. The Pediatrics Milestones: Initial Evidence for Their Use as Learning Roadmaps for Residents. Academic Pediatrics. 2013;13(1):40-47.

Schumacher DJ, Slovin SR, Riebschleger MP, Englander R, Hicks PJ, Carraccio C. Beyond Counting Hours: The Importance of Supervision, Professionalism, Transitions of Care, and Workload in Residency Training. Academic Medicine. 2012;87(7):883-888.

Hicks PJ, Englander R, Schumacher DJ, Burke A, Benson BJ, Guralnick S, Ludwig S, Carraccio C. Pediatrics Milestone Project: Next Steps Toward Meaningful Outcomes. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2010;2(4):577-584.

Hicks PJ, Schumacher DJ, Benson B, Burke A, Englander R, Guralnick S, Ludwig S, Carraccio C. The Pediatrics Milestones: Conceptual Framework, Guiding Principles, and Approach to Development. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2010;2(3):410-418.