Susan E. Farrell, MD, EdM

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Director of Continuing and Professional Development, Associate Professor
Continuing and Professional Development
Health Professions Education
(617) 724-5302
Office Location: 
B34 - 232

Susan E. Farrell, MD, EdM, is Director of Continuing and Professional Development in the School for Healthcare Leadership at MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is also faculty in the Health Professions Education department.

Dr. Farrell graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in engineering, and earned her MD at Tufts University School of Medicine in 1990. Her clinical training was in emergency medicine and medical toxicology, both at The Medical College of Pennsylvania.

She has worked in medical education at Harvard Medical School (HMS) for almost 20 years, as the Director of Student Programs and the Emergency Medicine Clerkship at Brigham and Women's Hospital for seven years, and as a course tutor and lecturer at HMS. She completed her Masters in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2008, with a focus on assessment and evaluation methods.

Dr. Farrell has been a Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education, a Harvard Macy Scholar, and faculty and steering committee member of the Harvard Macy Educator courses. She is the Director of the comprehensive clinical skills OSCE examination at HMS, and worked as an educator in the Partners Healthcare Office for Graduate Medical Education and a Program Director at Partners Healthcare International (PHI).

At PHI, Dr. Farrell created and implemented faculty development programs in undergraduate, post-graduate, and interprofessional clinical curriculum and assessment methods. Her international work includes the development of resident-teacher programs in New Zealand, the creation of interprofessional programs in Singapore, the design of new post-graduate training programs, and physician curriculum development for a hospital system in India.

Dr. Farrell’s interests are in curriculum development, methods for assessing clinical skills and program evaluation, and interprofessional faculty development related to clinical teaching and assessment skills. In 2016, she joined the MGH Institute as the Director of Continuing and Professional Development, responsible for the oversight and support of internal continuing education endeavors, as well as the development of new external professional development initiatives.

Research Interests

Outcomes of education innovations and assessment processes


BS cum laude, Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

MD Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

EdM Education; concentration: assessment, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA


Farrell SE, Hopson LR, Wolff M, Hemphill RR, Santen SA: What's the Evidence: A Review of the On-Minute Preceptor Model of Clinical Teaching and Implications for Teaching in the Emergency Department. J. Emerg Med. September 2016;51(3):278-83. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2016.05.007.

Love JN, Yarris L, Santen SA , Kuhn GJ, Gruppen L, Howell JM, Coates WC, Farrell SE: A novel, specialty specific faculty development opportunity in collaborative education research: The MERC at CORD Scholar’s Program at 5 years. Acad Med. April 2016;91:548-55. PubFacts abstract.

Skaugset LM, Farrell SE, Carney M, Wolff, M, Santen SA, Perry M, Cico JC: Can you multitask? Evidence and limitations of task switching and multitasking in emergency medicine. Ann Emerg Med. epub November,13, 2015; In press.  doi: 10.1016/j.annemergned.2015. 10.003

Yarris LM, Juve AM, Coates WC, Fisher J, Heitz C, Shayne P, Farrell SE: Critical appraisal of emergency medicine education research: the best publications of 2014. Acad Emerg Med.2015;Nov;22(11):1327-36.  doi: 10.1111/acem. 12801.

Farrell SE, Kuhn GJ, Coates WC, Shayne PH, Fisher J, Maggio LA, Lin M: Critical appraisal of emergency medicine education research: the best publications of 2013. Acad Emerg Med. 2014;Nov;21(11):1274-83. doi: 10.1111/acem.12507.

Lin M, Fisher J, Coates WC, Farrell SE, Shayne P, Maggio L, Kuhn G: Critical appraisal of emergency medicine research: the best publications of 2012. Acad Emerg Med. 2014;Mar;21(3):322-33. doi 10.1111/acem.12336.

Fisher J, Lin M, Coates WC, Kuhn GJ, Farrell SE, Maggio LA, Shayne P. Critical appraisal of emergency medicine education research: the best publications of 2011. Acad Emerg Med. 2013;Feb;20(2):200-8.  doi 10.1111/acem. 12070.