Rochester, Minnesota


Cook.David33@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


David A. Cook, M.D., M.H.P.E., is an internist who conducts research in medical education.

The training of physicians is receiving increased attention. More effective and efficient ways are needed to teach medical students, postgraduate trainees, physicians in practice and other health professionals. Also needed are ways to assess their strengths and weaknesses to certify competence and identify areas for remediation.

This is the focus of Dr. Cook's research efforts — how to teach and assess health professionals so that they can provide the highest quality care to patients.

Focus areas

  • Educational technologies, such as simulation-based education and computer-based learning.
  • Clinical decision making, with a focus on designing instruction to enhance decision-making skills.
  • Assessment methods, such as developing and evaluating assessment tools to ensure that they provide valid and meaningful results.
  • The cost and value of medical education.

Significance to patient care

Dr. Cook studies how to improve the training and assessment of physicians and other health professionals. Ultimately, professionals who are better trained provide better care to people who seek their help.

Professional highlights

  • Deputy Editor, Medical Education, 2018-present.
  • Editorial board member, Simulation in Healthcare, 2017-present.
  • Researcher of the Year Award, Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2023.
  • Chair, Invited Review Committee, Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education, 2010-2022.
  • Distinguished Educator Award, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, 2021.
  • Deputy Editor, Advances in Health Sciences Education, 2010-2017.
  • Deputy Editor, Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2005-2011.


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Medical Education
  2. Professor of Medicine


  1. Masters - Health Professions Education College of Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago
  2. Fellow - Advanced General Internal Medicine Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. Resident General Internal Medicine Rese, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. Resident - Internal Medicine Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  5. Resident Internal Medicine, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  6. MD The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  7. BS - Chemistry/Biochemistry, Minor in Spanish Utah State University
  8. Utah State University

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