Carol Hodgson, MS, Ph.D. 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 School of Medicine. In 2010, she became the first J Allan Gilbert Chair in Medical Education Research at the University of Alberta (UofA) and in 2017, the founding Director of the IDEAS Office (Innovation, Discovery, Education And Scholarship).
Dr Hodgson is an expert in curriculum design, evaluation, educational research, and faculty development. 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 centralised 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, University of Colorado Denver, and the University of Alberta 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.
Dr Hodgson has extensive experience in accreditation. She served as the program evaluator for the accreditation site visits at UCLA, UCSF, and the University of Colorado Denver. She was the LCME Site Coordinator for University of Colorado Denver for their 2009 full site visit. She was also involved in the university-level accreditation process at University of Colorado Denver. She served on institutional committees for the university’s 2010/2011 review by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) and worked in the Provost’s Office helping to prepare the university for their site visit. She was invited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to be the Lead Quality Enhancement Plan Evaluator for an on-site Reaffirmation Committee Review. Lastly, she had the opportunity to serve as a reviewer for the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) Recognition Programme in 2013 and 2017 and now serves as a WFME Senior Adviser.