Sophie Gladding, Ph.D, is a faculty member and Director of Evaluation in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Minnesota. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and graduate work at the University of Leeds, Dr. Gladding received her Ph.D in Education from the University of Minnesota specializing in evaluation and assessment. Her dissertation, “Graduate Medical Education, Competency-based Curriculum and Performance-based Assessment: A study of end-of-rotation evaluations in pediatric residency training“ examined the reliability and validity of faculty evaluations of residents in each of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competency domains.
Dr. Gladding completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The undergraduate medical education program at the Lerner College of Medicine is an innovative five-year competency-based program. During her fellowship training, her research focused on the use of portfolio assessment in competency-based education in undergraduate medical education. An article from this work was recently published in Medical Teacher.
In her current position at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Gladding works with the educational leadership of the pediatric and internal medicine residency programs in the development and implementation of assessments of resident performance in each of the ACGME competency domains. She also collaborates with faculty members in both departments in the development and implementation of the evaluation of their post-graduate curriculum. In addition to her work in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine, Dr. Gladding also works as a specialist in the University of Minnesota Medical School in the evaluation of the undergraduate medical education curriculum.
Dr. Gladding is also a member of the Division of Global Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. The focus of her work in Global Pediatrics is in the development and evaluation of a competency-based curriculum in global child health. This curriculum has been developed with partners from Makerere University. This work has been published in Academic Medicine. A follow up article on resident performance in each of the ACGME competency domains on international electives has also recently been published in Academic Pediatrics.