IDEAS Office - Innovation Discovery Education And Scholarship

Carol Hodgson, MSc, PhD

IDEAS Office, Director & J. Allan Gilbert Chair in Medical Education Research

Director TSP - International


Carol S. Hodgson, MSc, PhD, received a master of science degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside in 1983 and a doctorate in education at UCLA in 1990. Before entering the field of medical education, Dr. Hodgson was a researcher in preventive medicine at the University of Southern California, School of Medicine. In 1992, Dr. Hodgson entered the field of medical education at the UCLA School of Medicine and in 1999 became the director of the Center for Educational Development and Research. She was recruited to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 2000 and served as the director of the new Office of Educational Research and Development. In 2004, she was named the associate dean and director of the new Office of Educational Development and Research at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver), School of Medicine. In 2010, she became the first J. Allan Gilbert Chair in Medical Education Research at the University of Alberta (U of A) and in 2017, the founding director of the IDEAS Office.


Dr. Hodgson is an expert in curriculum design, evaluation, educational research, faculty development and medical school accreditation. She has considerable hands-on experience with curricular change efforts at three medical schools, where she developed and implemented successful problem-based learning curricula and centralized evaluation systems. She has taught in numerous faculty development programs and as part of this work, she has trained more than 500 faculty members locally, nationally and internationally. Locally she has co-directed the UCLA, UCSF, CU Denver and U of A Teaching Scholars Programs. In addition, she was one of the original faculty members of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Fellowship in Medical Education Research, and later one of the originating faculty of the AAMC Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) program.