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This portfolio examines the links among between educational interventions for health professionals, actual practice patterns, and patient outcomes to understand the ways in which the process, content, and context of education may influence an individual health care provider's clinical performance in studies in this portfolio to advance a broad-based, multidisciplinary program of research on the outcomes of educational interventions for health care professionals that take advantage of the many unique opportunities that exist within VHA to study health professions education. Outcomes of interest include patient health outcomes, patient safety, and patient expectations and experiences of being cared for and may include outcomes for the individual veteran and his or her family, for the population of veterans, or for the VHA healthcare system.

For general information about Education, please contact:

Miho Tanaka, PhD, MPH
Scientific Portfolio Manager
Health Services Research and Development (10X2H)

Miho Tanaka, PhD, MPH

Dr. Tanaka is the Scientific Program Manager for HSR&D’s informatics, data science, and genomic medicine research portfolios. Dr. Tanaka has spearheaded the Veteran Engagement in Research Workgroup and helped develop the Veteran Engagement Resource Center Toolkit. She also has organized the 2015 Natural Language Processing State of the Science Conference, and the 2016 Office of Research and Development Phenotyping Workshop, as well as several webinars devoted to informatics and Veteran engagement in research.

Prior to her VA appointment, Dr. Tanaka worked for the Behavioral Research Program of the US National Cancer Institute, the World Bank, and healthcare and global health consulting companies for more than 10 years. Since she joined VA, she has served as scientific review administrator for the informatics standing review panel, the special emphasis panel of the Learning Healthcare Initiative RFA applications, and the special emphasis panel for opioids and pain management. Dr. Tanaka also helped organized the Million Veteran Program Gamma-test RFA application review in 2017 and 2018.

Dr. Tanaka holds a Doctorate in Behavioral and Social Sciences from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Master of Public Health from Oregon State University. She completed the VHA’s prestigious leadership program, the Health Care Leadership Development Program in 2017.

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