Laura Torbeck, PhD
Vice Chair of Education
Laura Torbeck, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Vice Chair of Education, and Surgical Educator for the Department of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. She oversees the education mission for the department as it relates to student, resident, and fellow curriculum and assessment. Laura champions faculty development initiatives for the department and directs the Research in Medical Education Working group for colleagues interested in advancing their scholarly activity. She has been integral in the surgery Residents as Teachers courses and has presented at various GME venues across campus. Laura is also an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Anatomy and teaches/mentors students in the Anatomy and Cell Biology Education Track PhD program. Her research interests include program evaluation, remediation practices and faculty development.
(I) TEACHING & EDUCATION
1. Wiese, H. J., Torbeck, L., and Matheny, S. (2004) Learning how to use interpreters.
Medical Education. 38: 556-557.
2. Torbeck, L., Joyce, J., and Flannery, M. (2004) Integrating Experiential Learning in
Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Medical Education. 38: 1195-1196.
3. Gonsalves, W.C., Wrightson, A.S., Love, M.M., and Torbeck, L.J. (2005) Practices and
perceptions of Family Practice Residency Directors toward international medical graduate
applicants: A national survey. Medical Education Online. 10: 2.
4. (R)Torbeck, L. and Wrightson, S. (2005) A method for defining competency-based
promotion criteria for Family Medicine residents. Academic Medicine. 80: 832-839.
5. (R)Torbeck, L. and Canal, D. (2006) How to develop competency-based promotion criteria:
Enhancing surgery resident assessment and evaluation. American College of Surgeons
Residency Assist Page Featured Article, http://www.facs.org/education/rap/torbeck0806.html.
6. Canal. D., Torbeck, L., and Djuricich, A. (2007) Practice-based learning and improvement: A
curriculum in continuous quality improvement for surgery residents. Archives of Surgery. 142:
7. Thurston, V.C., Wales, P.S., Bell, M.A., Torbeck, L., and Brokaw, J.J. (2007) The current
status of medical genetics instruction in U.S. and Canadian medical schools. Academic
Medicine. 82: 441-445.
8. Torbeck, L. (2007) Enhancing Program Evaluation Using the Audience Response System.
Medical Education. 41: 1088-1089.
9. Torbeck, L., Bell, M.A., Brokaw, J.J., Kunzer, J. M., Thurston, V. C., and Wales, P. S. (2008)
A Professional Development Module to Optimize Interactions between Teachers and
Learners. Journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators. 18: 5.
10. Helft, P.R., Eckles, R.E., Torbeck, L. (2009). Ethics Education in Surgical Residency
Programs: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Surgical Education. 66(1): 35-42.
11. Bell, M.A., Wales, P.S., Torbeck, L., Kunzer, J.M.; Thurston, V. C., and Brokaw, J.J. (2011)
Do Personality Differences between Teachers and Learners Impact Students' Evaluations of
a Surgery Clerkship? Journal of Surgical Education. 68 (3) 190-193.
12. Blanchard, R.D., Torbeck, L., Blondeau, W. (2013) A Snapshot of Three Common Program
Evaluation Approaches for Medical Education. Academic Medicine. 88: 146.
(II) RESEARCH or CREATIVE ACTIVITY
1. Alvarez, F.J., Pearson, J.C., Harrington, D., Dewey, D., Torbeck, L., and Fyffe, R.E.W.
(1998) Distribution of 5-hydroxytryptamine immunoreactive boutons on alpha-motoneurons
in the lumbar spinal cord of adult cats. J. Comp. Neurol. 393: 69-83.
2. (T) Torbeck, L. and Canal, D. F. (2009) Remediation Practices for Surgery Residents. The
American Journal of Surgery. 197: 397-402.
3. (T) Zyromski, N.J.; Torbeck, L.; Canal, D.F.; Lillemoe, K.D.; and Pitt, H.A. (2010).
Incorporating an HPB fellowship does not diminish surgical residents' HPB experience in a
high-volume training centre. HPB. 12: 123-128.
4. Brokaw, J.J., Torbeck, L., Bell, M.A., and Deal, D.W. (2011). Impact of a competency-based
curriculum on medical student advancement: A ten-year analysis. Teaching and Learning in
Medicine. 23: 207-214.
(III) PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
1. (T,R) Guidebook for Researchers in Surgical Education. 3rd Ed. Capella, J., Kasten, S.,
Steinemann, S., and Torbeck, L., editors. Woodbury, CT: Cine-Med Publishing, Inc. 2010.
2. Torbeck, L., Sidhu, R., Smink, D. and Peyre, S. (2013). How to Recruit, Retain and Reap the
Rewards of working with PhD/EdD Educators in Surgery. Journal of Surgical Education.