Melissa Fischer, MD, MEd
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, UMass Medical School


Contact Information

University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655

Tel. 508-856-4265





Dr. Fischer's papers on Pubmed
The Office of Undergraduate Medical Education

Research and Teaching Interests

Melissa A. Fischer, MD, MEd is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Primary Care at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). She is a general internist who has completed a Fellowship in Ambulatory Care, and received a Master’s degree in education. She currently serves as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at the UMMS where she is also Chair of the Learner-centered Integrated Curriculum Redesign Trustees. Dr. Fischer's research interests include inter-professional education, using educational theory and research to inform medical education; integration of educational goals across the continuum of medical education; using reflection in learning settings; assessment of educational interventions; and, medical errors -- how and what we learn from them. Dr. Fischer is actively involved in a number of curriculum initiatives and committees at UMMS. She has presented her research and taught on the local, regional and national level. Additionally she conducts research with members of the Meyer's Primary Care Institute and UMass Medical School Faculty. Recent publications have appeared in Academic Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Teaching and Learning in Medicine and the American Journal of Medicine.


medical education, reflective practice, medical errors, technology in medical education, communication


Selected Publications

Liston, B; Fischer MA; Way, D; Papp, K; Torre, D. Interprofessional Education in the Internal Medicine Clerkship: Results from a National Survey. Acad Med 86(7):872-876 July 2011


Fischer, MA; Saarinen, CL; Haley, HL; Chretien, KC. Comparison of Blogs and Written Reflections in Two Medicine Clerkships. Medical Education 45(2):166-75 Feb 2011


Blanchard, G, Fischer, M, Gammon, W and McGee, S. (2010). Medicine Clerkship Geriatrics Formative OSCE: Older Adult with Fatigue. POGOe - Portal of Geriatric Online Education. Retrieved June 01, 2011 from


Alper E, Rosenberg E, O’Brien K, Fischer MA, Durning S. Patient Safety Education at U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools: Results from the 2006 Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine Survey. Acad Med 84(12): 1672-1676; 2009.


Mitchell R, Regan-Smith M, Fischer M, Knox I, Lambert D. A New Measure of the Cognitive, Metacognitive, and Experiential Aspects of Residents’ Learning. Acad Med 84(7): 918-926; 2009.

6.Fischer MA, Keough ME, Baril J et al. Prescribers and Pharmaceutical Representatives: Why are we still meeting? JGIM v24, n7, 7.09.
7.Quirk M, Mazor K, Haley H-L, Philbin M, Fischer M, Sullivan K, Hatem D. How patients perceive a doctor’s caring attitude. Pt Educ Couns 72 (2008) 359-366.
8.Hatem D, Mazor K, Fischer M, Philbin M, Quirk M. Applying Patient Perspectives on Caring to Curriculum Development. Pt Educ Couns. 72(3):367-373, 9/08.
9.Mazor K, Gagliardi S, Fischer M. Initial acceptance of treatment with antihypertensive medication: the importance of communication, trust and beliefs. Communication in Healthcare. 2008 Vol 1, No 3.
10.Aiyer M, Appel J, Fischer M, et al. The Role of the Subinternship Director in the 21st Century. AJM 2008. Vol 121, Issue 8, p 733-737.
11.Fischer M, Harrell H, Haley H-L et al. Between two worlds: a multi-institutional qualitative analysis of students’ reflective writings on joining the medical profession. JGIM 2008.
12.Aiyer M, Vu R, Ledford C, Fischer M, Durning S. The Subinternship Curriculum in Internal Medicine: A National Survey of Clerkship Directors. TLM 2008. Vol 20, No 2, p 151-156, 4/2008.
13.Cifu A, Fischer M, Harrell H, Alper E. Incorporating Reflective Writing into the Clerkship. AAIM Insight. 2007 Vol 5, Issue 1 p12-13.
14.Mazor KM, Reed GW, Yood RA, Fischer MA, Baril J, Gurwitz JH. Disclosure of Medical Errors: What Factors Influence How Patients Respond. JGIM. 2006
15.Fischer MA, Mazor KM, Baril J, Alper E, DeMarco D, Pugnaire M. Learning from Mistakes: Factors that Influence How Students and Residents Learn from Medical Errors. JGIM. May 2006; 21: 419-423. * this article was cited as one of the top education articles of the year in JGIM.
16.Mazor KM, Fischer MA, Haley, H-L, Hatem D, Rogers HJ, Quirk ME. Factors influencing preceptors' responses to medical errors: a factorial survey. Academic Medicine. 80(10 Suppl): S88-92, 2005 Oct.
17.Mazor, K. M., M. A. Fischer, H.-L. Haley, D. Hatem and M. E. Quirk. "Teaching and medical errors: primary care preceptors' views." Medical Education 39(10): 982-990, 2005.
18.Steinman MA. Fischer MA. Shlipak MG. Bosworth HB. Oddone EZ. Hoffman BB. Goldstein MK. Clinician awareness of adherence to hypertension guidelines. American Journal of Medicine. 117(10):747-54, 2004 Nov 15.
19.Pierluissi E, Fischer MA, Campbell A, Landefeld CS. Discussion of Medical Errors in Morbidity and Mortality Conferences. JAMA 290(21): 2838-2842; 12/03.
20.Fischer, MA. Diagnosis and Treatment of Headache Disorders: What the Primary Care Physician Should Know. MDVista 3/01 (peer-reviewed online journal)

"We must teach medical students skills and processes that will help them become life-long learners."

Mailing Address
Meyers Primary Care Institute
630 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605

425 North Lake Ave
Worcester, MA 01605
Tel: 508-791-7392
Fax: 508-595-2200