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Debra Klamen, MD, MHPE

Senior Associate Dean for Education & Curriculum
Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Education


Research Interests & Projects

  • Stress Management in Medical School and Residency
  • Medical Education - Curriculum Design
  • Medical Education - Evaluation and Assessment
  • Medical Education – Outcomes
  • Medical Education – Longitudinal Performance Assessment
  • Medical Education – Evaluation and Remediation of Failing Students
  • Medical Education – Diagnostic reasoning acquisition

Teaching Interests & Activities

1. Faculty development in the following areas:

  • Adult learning
  • Preparation for Promotion and Tenure
  • Stress Management
  • Improving clinical performance appraisals
  • Diagnosing and Treating the failing student
  • Curricular development and implementation

2. Student teaching in the following areas:

  • Clinical psychiatry
  • Problem based learning
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Patient safety


1977-1981 B.S., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 1996-1998 M.H.P.E., University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, 1995 Harvard Macy Institute: Program for Physician Educators, Boston, MA, 2001-2002 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women, Philadelphia, PA, 2005 Harvard Macy Institute: Program for Leaders in Healthcare Education, Boston, MA, 2014 Harvard Macy Institute: Leading Innovations in Healthcare & Education, Boston, MA
Medical School: 
1981-1985 M.D., University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
1985-1988 Resident in Psychiatry, University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1988-1989 Chief Resident in Psychiatry, University of Illinois Hospital, Chicago, IL


  • 2014 P1 of Josiah Macy Foundation Grant, Resdesign of the Clinical Curriculum ($577,000)