Michelle Yoon, PhD

Michelle Yoon, PhD

Michelle Yoon

Name: Michelle Yoon, PhD

Department of Primary Appointment: Dept. of Medicine
Position: USU Staff
Title: Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of Assessment

Email: michelle.yoon@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)
Lab Phone: (301) 295-3665
Room: Room D3013-G



Dr. Michelle Yoon is Assistant Professor of Medicine at USU and is also the Assistant Dean of Assessment. Dr. Yoon holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in educational psychology with a concentration in human learning and development and dual supporting areas in: Educational Research, Statistics & Evaluation; and Gifted Education. Dr. Yoon has extensive experience in medical school instructional design, curriculum development, program evaluation, and assessment. Prior to coming to USUHS, Dr. Yoon was the Instructional Designer at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where she also served as a small-group co-mentor for the orientation "Cells to Society" course. Dr. Yoon has also given guest lectures at the UVA's Curry School of Education. Prior to entering the field of medical education, Dr. Yoon worked as a university student affairs career counselor and as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for adolescents and young adults, and holds board certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

 Dr. Yoon has presented at international, national, and regional conferences, including International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), American Educational Research Association (AERA), National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), and Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA), as well as during Research Days at USU, and during the Academy for Distinguished Educators Medical Education Week at UVA.

Research Interests

Dr. Yoon is a member of the Long-Term Career Outcome Study (LTCOS) team at USUHS. Some of her research interests in medical education include career/talent development and mentoring in health professions and health professions education, well-being, burnout, and resilience in the health professions and health professions education, and organizational change and dynamics especially in the face of curricular change and innovation. Dr. Yoon sees learning and development as occurring within a Bioecological framework, and is interested in communities of practice, role-strain, growth-mindset, and expectancy-value theories.


  • Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education
  • Curriculum Development in Health Professions Education
  • Advanced Instructional Methods and Curriculum Development in Health Professions Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Program Evaluation
  • Instructional Design
  • Curriculum Development
  • Medical School Curriculum Change
  • Student Assessment
  • Giftedness and Talent Development
  • Bioecological Theories of Development
  • Emerging Adulthood
  • Career Development
  • Higher Education Student Development Theories

Select Publications

  1. Yoon, M. H. & Michaelsen, V. E. (2015). Critical analysis of The Kalamazoo Consensus Statement Assessment Tools. MedEdPORTAL. www.mededportal.org/publication/10098     http://dx.doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10098
  2. Michaelsen, V. E. & Yoon, M. H. (2015). Critical analysis of the Content Coding for Contextualization of Care 4C. MedEdPORTAL    www.mededportal.org/publication/10178     http://dx.doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10178
  3. Yoon, M. H. & Capper, M. E. (Spring 2015). A Surgeon's Journey Of Talent Development From  Middle School To Medical School. Conceptual Foundations Network Newsletter. Washington, DC: National Association for Gifted Children.      (Invited Article)
  4. White, C., McCollum, M., Bradley, E. B., Roy, P., Yoon, M. H., Martindale, J. R., & Worden, M. K. (2015). Challenges to engaging students in a flipped model. Medical Science Educator, 25(3), 219-222.     DOI 10.1007/s40670-015-0125-7
  5. Yoon, M. H., Burns, C. M., & Michaelsen, V. E. (2014). Team-Based Learning in different classroom settings.  Medical Science Educator, 24(2), 157-160.    DOI: 10.1007/s40670-014-0024-3.
  6. Kirgis, J. & Yoon, M. H. (2014). Curriculum management.  In K. Engle, A. M. Hunt, K. Quirk, and M. Chandler (Eds.) Guidebook for undergraduate  medical education. Alexandria, VA: Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. (Invited Book Chapter).
  7. Cheng, H. Y. & Yoon, M. H. (2014). Critical analysis of the Competency-Based Test of Inpatient Geriatric Management (CTIGM) for Residents and Medical Students. MedEdPORTAL. www.mededportal.org/publication/9773.
  8. White, C., Bradley, E. B., Martindale, J. R., Roy, P., Patel, K., Yoon, M. H., & Worden, M. K. (2014). Why are medical students “checking out” of active learning in a new curriculum? Medical Education, 48, 315-324.