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Daniel J. Schumacher, MD, PhD, MEd

  • Director, Education Research Unit
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Pediatric emergency medicine is my specialty. I have always been interested in illnesses that tend to affect children. Working with children is incredibly rewarding, and I believe that clinicians and researchers can genuinely make a difference in their lives.

My research is in the area of competency-based medical education. Specifically, I study patient-focused approaches to physician performance assessment. These factors include entrustable professional activities and resident-sensitive quality measures — the latter of which I developed as the focus of my PhD work. The goal of my research is to ensure that training and educational outcomes prepare physicians to achieve the outcomes that patients need.

During my chief residency year, I developed an interest in resident assessment. I became one of eight people in a working group that developed the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Pediatric Milestones. We use this assessment approach with residents and fellows in all ACGME-accredited pediatric training programs. This work illuminated our need for better ways to assess trainees in medicine than our traditional models. Moreover, I believed we needed a way to assess physicians that demonstrates the efficacy of the care they provide to patients, as this is another gap in traditional approaches.

I am one of a select number of Americans who is a member of the International Competency-based Medical Education Collaborators. I have received Academic Medicine's Excellence in Reviewing Award as well as multiple top reviewer awards from the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. I was Cincinnati Children's first recipient of the prestigious and competitive Macy Faculty Scholar Award from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and I also received Cincinnati Children's Educational Achievement Award in 2018.


Coaching the Fundamentals: Exploring the Applicability and Usefulness of a Novel Skills-Based Feedback Modality. Kappy, B; Statile, A; Schumacher, D; Lendrum, E; Herrmann, L. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2021.

Defining Pneumonia Severity in Children: A Delphi Study. Dean, P; Schumacher, D; Florin, TA. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2021; 37:e1482-e1490.

Warnings in early narrative assessment that might predict performance in residency: signal from an internal medicine residency program. Kelleher, M; Kinnear, B; Sall, DR; Weber, DE; DeCoursey, B; Nelson, J; Klein, M; Warm, EJ; Schumacher, DJ. Perspectives on Medical Education. 2021; 10:334-340.

How general pediatricians learn procedures: implications for training and practice. Iyer, MS; Way, DP; Schumacher, DJ; Lo, CB; Leslie, LK. Medical Education Online. 2021; 26.

Identifying Strategies for the Management of Interruptions for Novice Triage Nurses Using an Online Modified Delphi Method. Johnson, KD; Schumacher, D; Lee, RC. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 2021; 53:718-726.

RIME 60 Years: Celebration and Future Horizons. Zaidi, Z; McOwen, KS; Balmer, DF; Schumacher, DJ; Sukhera, J; Young, M; Park, YS. Academic Medicine. 2021; 96:S13-S16.

Building a doctor, one skill at a time: Rethinking clinical training through a new skills-based feedback modality. Kappy, B; Herrmann, LE; Schumacher, DJ; Statile, AM. Perspectives on Medical Education. 2021; 10:304-311.

Mutual Rewards: Engaging the Field and Creating a Path Toward Academic Journal Editorship. Thompson, PY; Bynum, WE; Schumacher, DJ; Park, YS; Alexandraki, I; Balmer, DF. Academic Medicine. 2021; 96:1377-1378.

A Multistakeholder Approach to the Development of Entrustable Professional Activities in Complex Care. Huth, K; Henry, D; Cribb Fabersunne, C; Coleman, CL; Frank, B; Schumacher, D; Shah, N. Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2021.

Identifying Core Components of EPA Implementation: A Path to Knowing if a Complex Intervention Is Being Implemented as Intended. Carraccio, C; Martini, A; Van Melle, E; Schumacher, DJ. Academic Medicine. 2021; 96:1332-1336.

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