Pamela Nagasawa, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education


Educating a diverse workforce—priming students to serve rural, underserved, and culturally diverse patient populations; Impact assessment— student learning, institutional effectiveness, medical education


Curricular design, implementation, and assessment

Instruction in the teaching and learning of science

Experiential learning


Rural and/or Underserved Oral Health Workforce Grant.  Montana Initiative in Regional Dental Education.  Development & expansion of dental education opportunities to support workforce pipeline into rural &/or underserved areas.  (HRSA – OHWA)


Long-distance education. Oversee dental student educational activities related to serving a diverse patient population during clinical rotations in rural and/or underserved communities.

Other Roles:

  • Institutional effectiveness through longitudinal data (learning environments, curricular change, cultural diversity)
  • Program evaluation (creating infrastructure and CQI)
  • Comparative outcomes trends

Representative publications:

  • Abu-Rish, E., Choe, L., Varpio, L., Malik, E., White, A., Craddick, K., Blondon, K., Robbins, L., Nagasawa, P., Thigpen, A., Chen, L., Rich, J., and Zierler, B. (2012).  Current Trends in Interprofessional Education of Health Sciences Students:  A Literature Review.  Journal of Interprofessional Care, Aug, pp. 1-8.
  • Scott, C., Nagasawa, P. R., Abernethy, N.F., Ramsey, B.W., Martin, P.J., Hacker, B.M., Schwartz, H.D., Brock, D.M., Robins, L.S., Wolf, F.M., Carter-Dubois, M., Disis, M.L. (2014).  Expanding Assessments of Translational Research Programs:  Supplementing Metrics with Value Judgments.  Evaluation and the Health Professions, 37(1): 83-97.
  • Feng, X., Mugayar, L., Perez, E., Nagasawa, P.R., Brown, D.G., Behar-Horenstein, L.S.  (2016) Students’ Knowledge of Resources for LGBT Persons.  (Accepted, Journal of Dental Education, June 2016).