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Deborah E. Simpson PhD

Associate Dean, Professor

Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Department: Academic Affairs
Division: Educational Services


Research Experience

  • Evaluation of Research Training Programs and other efforts to determine the value or worth
  • Leadership Positions

  • Director, Office of Educational Services
  • Co-Director, MCW Society of Teaching Scholars
  • Educational Expertise

  • Clinical Clerkship
  • Competency-Based Education
  • Curriculum
  • Education
  • Education, Medical
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate
  • Education, Professional
  • Educational Measurement
  • Educational Technology
  • Faculty
  • Models, Educational
  • Physicians, Family
  • Program Development
  • Psychology, Educational
  • Schools, Medical
  • Self-Evaluation Programs
  • Students, Medical
  • Teaching
  • education
  • Publications

  • Feasibility, reliability and user satisfaction with a PDA-based mini-CEX to evaluate the clinical skills of third-year medical students. (Torre DM, Simpson DE, Elnicki DM, Sebastian JL, Holmboe ES) Teach Learn Med 2007;19(3):271-7 PMID 17594223
  • Competency-based strategies for injury control and prevention curriculums in undergraduate medical education. (Phelan MB, Falimirski ME, Simpson DE, Czinner ML, Hargarten SW) Inj Prev 2007 Feb;13(1):6-9 PMID 17296681
  • A PGY1 curriculum--meeting a need for changing times. (Weigelt JA, Simpson DE, Anderson RC, Brasel KJ, Redlich PN) Curr Surg 2006 Nov-Dec;63(6):410-7 PMID 17084770
  • A PDA-based instructional tool to monitor students' cardiac auscultation during a medicine clerkship. (Torre DM, Sebastian JL, Simpson DE) Med Teach 2005 Sep;27(6):559-61 PMID 16199365
  • Large variations occur in bone density measurements of children when using different software. (Simpson DE, Dontu VS, Stephens SE, Archbold LJ, Lowe V, O'Doherty MJ, Martin N, Coakley AJ) Nucl Med Commun 2005 Jun;26(6):483-7 PMID 15891590
  • When you don't have time to re-invent the wheel: evaluating educational materials for your own use. (Biernat K, Simpson DE) J Palliat Med 1998;1(3):293-6 PMID 15859841
  • Advancing educational scholarship through the End of Life Physician Education Resource Center (EPERC). (Simpson DE, Rehm J, Biernat K, Muchka S, Weissman D) J Palliat Med 1999;2(4):421-4 PMID 15859784
  • Introduction to the National Consensus Conference on Medical Education for Care Near the End of Life: executive summary. (Simpson DE) J Palliat Med 2000;3(1):87-92 PMID 15859726
  • Web-based curriculum. A practical and effective strategy for teaching women's health. (Zebrack JR, Mitchell JL, Davids SL, Simpson DE) J Gen Intern Med 2005 Jan;20(1):68-74 PMID 15693931
  • Medical College of Wisconsin. (Duthie E Jr, Simpson DE, Marcdante K, Haas A) Acad Med 2004 Jul;79(7 Suppl):S199-202 PMID 15240244
  • Meeting the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education competencies using established residency training program assessment tools. (Brasel KJ, Bragg D, Simpson DE, Weigelt JA) Am J Surg 2004 Jul;188(1):9-12 PMID 15219477
  • Using pocket cards to help students learn physical examination techniques. (Torre DM, Jevtic J, Sebastian JL, Simpson DE) Med Educ 2004 May;38(5):549-50 PMID 15107094
  • Working with our communities: moving from service to scholarship in the health professions. (Maurana CA, Wolff M, Beck BJ, Simpson DE, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health) Educ Health (Abingdon) 2001;14(2):207-20 PMID 14742019
  • The APA/HRSA Faculty Development Scholars Program: introduction to the supplement. (Osborn LM, Roberts KB, Greenberg L, DeWitt T, Devries JM, Wilson M, Simpson DE) Ambul Pediatr 2004 Jan-Feb;4(1 Suppl):83-7 PMID 14731087
  • Outcomes results from the evaluation of the APA/HRSA Faculty Scholars Program. (Simpson DE, Bragg D, Biernat K, Treat R) Ambul Pediatr 2004 Jan-Feb;4(1 Suppl):103-12 PMID 14731083
  • Accreditation mandates are opportunities for educators. (Simpson DE) J Palliat Med 2003 Oct;6(5):781-2 PMID 14622463
  • Expanding your medical education toolbox for affective outcomes. (Simpson DE) J Palliat Med 2003 Jun;6(3):437 PMID 14509492
  • Learning activities and high-quality teaching: perceptions of third-year IM clerkship students. (Torre DM, Sebastian JL, Simpson DE) Acad Med 2003 Aug;78(8):812-4 PMID 12915375
  • Outcomes of a comprehensive faculty development program for local, full-time faculty. (Morzinski JA, Simpson DE) Fam Med 2003 Jun;35(6):434-9 PMID 12817872
  • Personal digital assistants herald new approaches to teaching and evaluation in medical education. (Bertling CJ, Simpson DE, Hayes AM, Torre D, Brown DL, Schubot DB) WMJ 2003;102(2):46-50 PMID 12754909
  • Graduate medical education at the Medical College of Wisconsin: new initiatives to respond to the changing residency training environment. (Kochar MS, Simpson DE, Brown D) WMJ 2003;102(2):38-42 PMID 12754907
  • Effect of monitoring of physician performance on door-to-balloon time for primary angioplasty in acute myocardial infarction. (Shry EA, Eckart RE, Winslow JB, Rollefson WA, Simpson DE) Am J Cardiol 2003 Apr 1;91(7):867-9 PMID 12667574
  • Stephen Abrahamson, PhD, ScD, educationist: a stranger in a kind of paradise. (Simpson DE, Bland CJ) Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract 2002;7(3):223-34 PMID 12510144
  • Personal digital assistant for "real time" assessment of women's health in the clinical years. (Autry AM, Simpson DE, Bragg DS, Meurer LN, Barnabei VM, Green SS, Bertling C, Fisher B) Am J Obstet Gynecol 2002 Sep;187(3 Suppl):S19-21 PMID 12235433
  • A longitudinal women's health curriculum: a multi-method, multiperspective needs assessment. (Autry AM, Meurer LN, Barnabei VM, Green SS, Johnson-Masotti AP, Otto-Salaj LL, Bragg DS, Treat R, Simpson DE) Am J Obstet Gynecol 2002 Sep;187(3 Suppl):S12-4 PMID 12235431
  • Taking a chance with your next teaching opportunity. (Simpson DE, Biernat K, Marcdante K) Acad Med 2002 May;77(5):457-8 PMID 12010713
  • A pleasure to work with--an analysis of written comments on student evaluations. (Lye PS, Biernat KA, Bragg DS, Simpson DE) Ambul Pediatr 2001 May-Jun;1(3):128-31 PMID 11888388
  • The Process and Pace of Curriculum Change. (Simpson DE) J Palliat Med 2001;4(4):511 PMID 11798485
  • What "Stage" Can You Use as a Platform to Teach End of Life? (Simpson DE) J Palliat Med 2001;4(3):385 PMID 11730524
  • The Peril of the Pearl: In Its Strength Lay Its Vulnerability. (Simpson DE) J Palliat Med 2001;4(2):215 PMID 11730515
  • Fundamentals of education: "Edu-Mentals". (Simpson DE, Biernat K) J Palliat Med 2001;4(2):216-9 PMID 11441630
  • Understanding the careers of physician educators in family medicine. (Simpson DE, Rediske VA, Beecher A, Bower D, Meurer L, Lawrence S, Wolkomir M) Acad Med 2001 Mar;76(3):259-65 PMID 11242579
  • Have clinical teaching effectiveness ratings changed with the Medical College of Wisconsin's entry into the health care marketplace? (Bragg D, Treat R, Simpson DE) Acad Med 2000 Oct;75(10 Suppl):S59-61 PMID 11031175
  • Valuing educational scholarship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. (Simpson DE, Marcdante KW, Duthie EH Jr, Sheehan KM, Holloway RL, Towne JB) Acad Med 2000 Sep;75(9):930-4 PMID 10995616
  • Scholarship in teaching: an imperative for the 21st century. (Fincher RM, Simpson DE, Mennin SP, Rosenfeld GC, Rothman A, McGrew MC, Hansen PA, Mazmanian PE, Turnbull JM) Acad Med 2000 Sep;75(9):887-94 PMID 10995609
  • Writing "blitzes" for medical educators. (Simpson DE, McLaughlin C, Schiedermayer D) Acad Med 2000 May;75(5):555 PMID 10824839
  • Web-based instruction to enhance the clinical teaching of community preceptors. (Rediske V, Simpson DE) Acad Med 1999 May;74(5):577-8 PMID 10676193
  • Promoting reflective teaching with personal digital assistants. (Krippendorf RL, Simpson DE, Schiedermayer D) Acad Med 1999 May;74(5):577 PMID 10676192
  • A strategy for visioning the future for medical education. (Simpson DE, Marcdante KW, Rehm J) Acad Med 1999 May;74(5):567 PMID 10676177
  • Making a case for the teaching scholar. (Simpson DE, Fincher RM) Acad Med 1999 Dec;74(12):1296-9 PMID 10619004
  • Career satisfaction among family-physician-educators. (Meurer LN, Bower DJ, Rediske VA, Simpson DE, Lawrence SL, Wolkomir MS, Beecher AC) Acad Med 1998 Oct;73(10 Suppl):S70-1 PMID 9795656
  • The costs versus the perceived benefits of an LCME institutional self-study. (Simpson DE, Golden DL, Rehm JM, Kochar MS, Simons KB) Acad Med 1998 Sep;73(9):1009-12 PMID 9759108
  • Another professional-skills course worth nothing. (Swick HM, Simpson DE) Acad Med 1998 Jul;73(7):725 PMID 9705613
  • Integrating information technology training into an established faculty development program. (Meurer LN, Simpson DE) Acad Med 1998 May;73(5):617-8 PMID 9643943
  • Clinical teaching rounds. A case-oriented faculty development program. (Lye PS, Simpson DE, Wendelberger KJ, Bragg DS) Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 1998 Mar;152(3):293-5 PMID 9529470
  • Ambulatory teaching "lite": less clinic time, more educationally fulfilling. (DaRosa DA, Dunnington GL, Stearns J, Ferenchick G, Bowen JL, Simpson DE) Acad Med 1997 May;72(5):358-61 PMID 9159580
  • Curriculum design and evaluation in faculty development. (Simpson DE, Ullian JA) Fam Med 1997 Apr;29(4):251 PMID 9110160
  • A descriptive, cross-sectional study of formal mentoring for faculty. (Morzinski JA, Diehr S, Bower DJ, Simpson DE) Fam Med 1996 Jun;28(6):434-8 PMID 8791073
  • A primary care core curriculum at multiple sites: student-directed instruction versus physician-directed instruction. (Lindemann JC, Bragg DS, Simpson DE) Acad Med 1995 May;70(5):449 PMID 7748420
  • Analysis of an international emergency medical service train-the-trainer program. (Pirrallo RG, Wolff M, Simpson DE, Hargarten SW) Ann Emerg Med 1995 May;25(5):656-9 PMID 7741344
  • Translating family medicine's educational expertise into academic success. (Lindemann JC, Beecher AC, Morzinski JA, Simpson DE) Fam Med 1995 May;27(5):306-9 PMID 7628650
  • An alternative approach to defining the role of the clinical teacher. (Ullian JA, Bland CJ, Simpson DE) Acad Med 1994 Oct;69(10):832-8 PMID 7916801
  • Faculty development through formal mentoring. (Morzinski JA, Simpson DE, Bower DJ, Diehr S) Acad Med 1994 Apr;69(4):267-9 PMID 8155228
  • Increasing the pool of medical education researchers. (Simpson DE) Acad Med 1993 Sep;68(9):654-7 PMID 8397623
  • House calls in the good old days: the stories of elderly Wisconsin physicians. (St Louis EK, Schiedermayer D, Simpson DE, Krueger KB) Wis Med J 1993 Sep;92(9):531-8 PMID 8237049
  • A call to increase the accessibility of medical education information. (Simpson DE, Morzinski JA, Biernat KA) Acad Med 1993 May;68(5):355 PMID 8338529
  • Comparing the transfusion medicine content of the NBME's examinations in 1984-1985 and 1989-1990. (Murray SF, Crowley JP, Simpson DE, Johnston MF, Moss GS, Edwards JC, Glanz K, Gottschall JL) Acad Med 1992 Sep;67(9):608-10 PMID 1520423
  • Women physicians in dual-physician relationships compared with those in other dual-career relationships. (Tesch BJ, Osborne J, Simpson DE, Murray SF, Spiro J) Acad Med 1992 Aug;67(8):542-4 PMID 1497787
  • Attitudes of internal medicine faculty and residents toward professional interaction with pharmaceutical sales representatives. (McKinney WP, Schiedermayer DL, Lurie N, Simpson DE, Goodman JL, Rich EC) JAMA 1990 Oct 3;264(13):1693-7 PMID 2398609
  • Medical and nursing students' attitudes about AIDS issues. (Tesch BJ, Simpson DE, Kirby BD) Acad Med 1990 Jul;65(7):467-9 PMID 2242204
  • Pharmaceutical representatives in academic medical centers: interaction with faculty and housestaff. (Lurie N, Rich EC, Simpson DE, Meyer J, Schiedermayer DL, Goodman JL, McKinney WP) J Gen Intern Med 1990 May-Jun;5(3):240-3 PMID 2341925
  • Knowledge of AIDS among health care students. (Tesch BJ, Simpson DE, Kirby BD) Wis Med J 1989 Oct;88(10):16-8 PMID 2815808
  • A survey of sued and nonsued physicians and suing patients. (Shapiro RS, Simpson DE, Lawrence SL, Talsky AM, Sobocinski KA, Schiedermayer DL) Arch Intern Med 1989 Oct;149(10):2190-6 PMID 2802885
  • Medical students' perceptions of cheating. (Simpson DE, Yindra KJ, Towne JB, Rosenfeld PS) Acad Med 1989 Apr;64(4):221-2 PMID 2923652
  • Teaching and funding nutrition instruction in family practice education. (Nuhlicek DR, Simpson DE, Lillich DW, Borman RJ) Acad Med 1989 Feb;64(2):103-4 PMID 2917031
  • Family physicians' and internists' consideration of psychosocial hypotheses during the diagnostic process. (Simpson DE, Gjerdingen DK) Fam Pract Res J 1989 Spring-Summer;8(2):55-61 PMID 2741726
  • Physicians' attitudes about their professional appearance. (Gjerdingen DK, Simpson DE) Fam Pract Res J 1989 Fall-Winter;9(1):57-64 PMID 2610013
  • Moonlighting. (Schiedermayer DL, Simpson DE, Krueger KB) Wis Med J 1988 May;87(5):15-6 PMID 3388883
  • A descriptive analysis of elderly Wisconsin physicians' practice satisfaction. (Schiedermayer DL, Simpson DE, Bjurstrom Krueger K) Wis Med J 1988 Apr;87(4):13-4, 16 PMID 3388877
  • Counseling medical students. (Spiro JH, Simpson DE) J Med Educ 1987 Nov;62(11):952 PMID 3681928
  • "Entering the adult world": developmental issues in medical education. (Spiro JH, Simpson DE, Matteson RL) Psychiatry 1987 Aug;50(3):256-66 PMID 3659213
  • Patients' and physicians' attitudes regarding the physician's professional appearance. (Gjerdingen DK, Simpson DE, Titus SL) Arch Intern Med 1987 Jul;147(7):1209-12 PMID 3606278
  • The diagnostic process in primary care: a comparison of general internists and family physicians. (Simpson DE, Rich EC, Dalgaard KA, Gjerdingen D, Crowson TW, O'Brien DK, Johnson PE) Soc Sci Med 1987;25(7):861-6 PMID 3686114
  • Student and faculty assumptions about the nature of uncertainty in medicine and medical education. (Simpson DE, Dalgaard KA, O'Brien DK) J Fam Pract 1986 Nov;23(5):468-72 PMID 3772321
  • Redesigning a psychological counseling course: issues and guidelines. (Conroe RM, Simpson DE, Schaffer JB, Wagner PN) Fam Med 1985 Jul-Aug;17(4):151-4 PMID 3870704
  • Grants and Awards

  • Physician Faculty Development in Primary Care - Family Medicine (#9203360 07/01/2004 - 06/30/2008) Sponsor: HHS Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Docere2 Educator Boot Camp (#9305709 06/21/2012 - 12/31/2013) Sponsor: Learning Resources
  • Learning Resources Master Account (#9305356 06/01/2010 - 06/30/2017) Sponsor: Learning Resources
  • Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center (#9204864 09/01/2007 - 06/30/2008) Sponsor: Marquette University
  • Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) Physician Faculty Development in Primary Care Program (#9207169 09/30/2011 - 09/29/2016) Sponsor: HHS Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Faculty Development General Internal Medicine/Pediatrics (#9202532 07/01/2002 - 06/30/2006) Sponsor: HHS Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Sustaining the Vitality of the M3 Clerkship Directors as Educators and Scholars (#9303558 05/01/2006 - 09/01/2013) Sponsor: Learning Resources