Sophia Gladding, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Sophia Gladding

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
Medicine Education Office
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 284
Campus Delivery Code: 8284A
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Mena Vue

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Administrative Fax Number

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Director of Educational Research and Development, Department of Medicine

Faculty Member, Division of Global Pediatrics

PhD, Educational Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

MA, International Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

BA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


Sophie Gladding, PhD, is the Director of Educational Research and Development in the Department of Medicine. After completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, she received her Ph.D in Education from the University of Minnesota specializing in evaluation and assessment. Following graduate school, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in medical education at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She currently collaborates on educational research focusing on educational innovations and assessment and works with the educational leadership in the department in the development and implementation of learner assessments and program evaluation. She is also a member of the Division of Global Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics. The focus of her work in Global Pediatrics is in the development and evaluation of a competency-based curriculum in global child health.


  • Medical education
  • Educational research
  • Learner assessment and program evaluation

Awards & Recognition

  • Scholarship in Teaching Award, Case Western Reserve University (2011)
  • Distinguished Educator I Award, Cleveland Clinic (2010)


Research Summary/Interests

Current and Recent Research Support

  • Co-investigator, NIH Fogarty Grant, Northern/Pacific Global Health Research Fellows Training Consortium
  • Co-investigator, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, International Clinical Research Fellowships


  • Ton, G., Gladding, S., Zunt, J., John, C., Nerurkar, V., Moyer, C., Hobbs, N., McCoy, M. & Kolars, J. (2015) “The development and implementation of a competency-based curriculum in global health research.” American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 92(1), 163-71.
  • Aylward, M., Nixon, J. & Gladding, S. (2014) “A hand-off entrustable professional activity as a model for EPA development.” Academic Medicine, 89(10), 1335-1400.
  • Butteris, S., Gladding, S., Eppich, W., Hagen, S., & Pitt, M. (2014) “Simulation use for global away rotations for emotional challenges abroad.” Academic Pediatrics, 14(5), 533-541.
  • Boutis K., Pecaric M., Shiau M., Ridley J., Gladding S., Andrews J. & Pusic M. (2013) “A Hinting Strategy for Improving Medical Student Interpretation of Radiographs.” Medical Education, 47(9), 877-87.
  • Schnobrich, D., Gladding, S., Olson, A. & Duran Nelson, A. (2013) “Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Internal Medicine - A National Survey of Educational Leadership.” Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 5(3), 498-502.
  • Duran Nelson, A., Gladding, S., Beattie, J. & Nixon, J. “Should we Google it? Point-of-care clinical decision making by internal medicine residents.” Academic Medicine, 88(6), 1-8.
  • Campagna, A., St. Clair, N., Gladding, S., Wagner, S., & John, C. (2102) “Essential factors for the development of a residency global health track.” Clinical Pediatrics, 51(9), 862-871.
  • Gladding, S., Zink, T., Howard, C., Campagna, A., Slusher, T. & John, C. (2012) “International electives in pediatric residency education: Opportunities for education in all ACGME competencies.” Academic Pediatrics, 12(3), 245-50.
  • Dannefer, E., Bierer, S. & Gladding, S. (2012) “Evidence within a portfolio-based assessment program: What do medical students select to document their performance?” Medical Teacher, 34(3), 215-20.
  • Howard, C., Gladding, S., Kiguli, S., Andrews, J. & John, C. (2011) “Development of a competency-based curriculum in global child health.” Academic Medicine, 86(4), 521-528.