Paul A Hemmer


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Professor and Vice Chair, Educational Programs
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Medical Education
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University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. BS, Medical Science, 1985
Medical College of Wisconsin. MD, 1988
Uniformed Services University. Master of Public Health, 2002.


Dr. Hemmer received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1988 and his Master in Public Health from the Uniformed Services University in 2002. He served on active duty with the United States Air Force from 1991 to 2012, retiring with the rank of Colonel. During his military career, he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Defense Superior Service Medal. In addition, he served as the Chief of General Internal Medicine at Wright Patterson Medical Center, the USUHS internal medicine clerkship director, President of the USUHS Faculty Senate, and was the first active duty officer to receive the Carol Johns Medal, the highest award USUHS faculty can bestow on a fellow faculty member. He is Professor of Medicine and the Vice-Chairman for Educational Programs, Department of Medicine, USUHS since 2008. He has been involved with US national leadership in undergraduate medical education, including serving as President of the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM)—the national organization representing those who teach internal medicine to medical students—and as a member of Group on Educational Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He has served on the Research in Medical Education (RIME) Steering Committee and chaired the RIME nominating committee. He served on the steering committee for USUHS curriculum form, chairing the assessment subcommittee. Subsequently, he chaired the Assessment subcommittee of the Executive Curriculum Committee at USU and is currently Chair of the Executive Curriculum Committee. Each year, he coordinates and co-leads a week-long 40 hour CME course for residency program directors on the Assessment of Clinical Competence. He is a member of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine and has recently completed his term on the AAIM Education Committee. He also serves as the representative from CDIM to the Alliance for Clinical Education (ACE), a multidisciplinary group formed to foster the advancement of the clinical education of medical students. He has more than 75 peer reviewed publications, book chapters, and invited articles. His interests include improving the descriptive (or narrative) evaluation of trainee performance, professionalism, and clerkship director professional development.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Professor and Vice-Chairman, Educational Programs, Department of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Director, Third Year Internal Medicine Clerkship, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (2003-2008)

Chair, Executive Curriculum Committee, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine (2015-)

President, USUHS Faculty Senate (2004-2005)

President, Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (2006)

Chair, Nominating Committee and member Steering Committee, Research in Medical Education Section of the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs (2008-2012)

Carol Johns Medal, USUHS (2010)

Defense Superior Service Medal (2012)

Laureate Award, Air Force Chapter of the American College of Physicians. 2018

Lifetime Achievement Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Alumni Association. 2018


Meyer E, Hemmer PA, Kelly WF, Pangaro LN. The RIME Model provides a context for Entrustable Professional Activities across Undergraduate Medical Education. Acad Med. 2017. Accepted for publication.

Sklar D, Hemmer PA, Durning SJ. Medical Education and Health Care Delivery: A Call to Align Goals and Purpose. Acad Med. 2017. Accepted for publication.

Hemmer PA, Kelly WF. We need to talk: clinical competency committees in the key of c(onversation). Perspect Med Educ. 2017 May 23. doi:10.1007/s40037-017-0360-2. PMID: 28536965.

Pock AR, Ottolini M, Pangaro LN, Gilliland WR, Reamy BV, Hemmer PA, Stephens M, O'Brien A, Laughlin L. Academic change management: leadership lessons from curricular reform. Mil Med. 2015;180(4 Suppl):158-60.

Hemmer PA, Tong T, Durning SJ, Pangaro LN. Novel Examination for Evaluating Medical Student Clinical Reasoning: Reliability and Association with Patients Seen. Mil Med. 2015;180(4 Suppl):79-87.

Hemann BA, Durning SJ, Kelly WF, Dong T, Pangaro LN, Hemmer PA. Referral for Competency Committee Review for Performance on the Internal Medicine Clerkship is Associated with Poor Performance in Internship. Mil Med. 2015;180(4 Suppl):71-6.

Hemann BA, Durning SJ, Kelly WF, Dong T, Pangaro LN, Hemmer PA. The Association of Students Requiring Remediation in the Internal Medicine Clerkship with Poor Performance During Internship. Mil Med. 2015;180(4 Suppl):47-53.

Hemmer PA. Directing a Clerkship over Geographically Separate Sites. Chapter 9, Guidebook for Clerkship Directors, Bruce Morgenstern editor, 4th Edition. Alliance for Clinical Education. Gegensatz Press. North Syracuse, NY. 2012. ISBN 978-1-933237-03-9.

Frye AW, Hemmer PA. Program evaluation models and related theories: AMEE guide no. 67. Med Teach. 2012;34(5):e288-99. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2012.668637.

Gleeson T, Hemmer PA. Providing Care to Military Personnel and Their Families: Why It Matters and How We Can All Contribute. Acad Med. 2014 Sep;89(9):1201-03.