Debra K. Litzelman, MD
D. Craig Brater Professor of Global Health Education
Dr. Litzelman is a Senior Research Scientist in the Regenstrief Institute and with research interests in interprofessional education and practice, innovative health care system’s workforce development, and patient-centered behavioral change strategies. As co-investigator on a CMS-funded project to expand the Aging Brain Center (ABC) collaborative care model to a wider number of older adult patients with cognitive and mood disorders and caregivers, Dr. Litzelman has led the Workforce Training Core which developed and implemented an innovative screening, hiring and training processes to prepare the ABC Care Coordinator Assistants. Dr. Litzelman is currently the PI on her second $1.5 million NIH Behavioral and Social Science Integrated Curricular Training grant for IUSM. As Director of Education for Indiana University Center for Global Health, she focuses on bilateral exchange of ideas to improve health and well-being of the medically underserved across the globe. The ideas for creating a new workforce to care for vulnerable elders arose from her work in Kenya where community health workers are widely deployed to improve care of patients with chronic illnesses. Dr. Litzelman also has research experience in organizational change interventions with primary care health care groups working to establish relational Patient Centered Medical Homes and with IU Health oncology care groups. Her research focuses on the impact of practical training to prepare interprofessional health care team members to optimally function within relational, collaborative models of care. As PI, on the IUH Values Grant Challenge Improving Infant Mortality Rates in Indiana proposal, Dr. Litzelman, with interdisciplinary and community based teams, will implement and evaluate this community-based population health project.
Titles & Appointments
- Professor of Medicine
Medical Education, Career Choice; Clinical Teaching Effectiveness.
Career choices and global health engagement: 24-year follow-up of U.S. participants in the Indiana University-Moi University elective.
Development and use of an instrument adapted to assess the clinical skills learning environment in the pre-clinical years.
Web-based training in geriatrics for medical residents: a randomized controlled trial using standardized patients to assess outcomes.
Improving medical student attitudes toward older patients through a "council of elders" and reflective writing experience.
Enhancing the informal curriculum of a medical school: a case study in organizational culture change.
The new formal competency-based curriculum and informal curriculum at Indiana University School of Medicine: overview and five-year analysis.
Factorial validation of an educational framework using residents' evaluations of clinician-educators.
Factorial validation of a widely disseminated educational framework for evaluating clinical teachers.
The role of footwear in the prevention of foot lesions in patients with NIDDM. Conventional wisdom or evidence-based practice?
Residents' perceptions of patient volume and amount of faculty precepting in a general medicine ambulatory practice.
Requiring physicians to respond to computerized reminders improves their compliance with preventive care protocols.
Reduction of lower extremity clinical abnormalities in patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. A randomized, controlled trial.
Programs to decrease risk factors for infant mortality in Indiana.