Claudio Violato, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Claudio Violato

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Professor and Assistant Dean, Assessment, Evaluation and Research at the University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Violato has taught at and held leadership positions at Wake Forest School of Medicine, the University of Calgary, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, and the University of Alberta. Dr. Violato’s publications in medical education include competency based assessment, psychometrics, research methods, leadership, and clinical reasoning and cognition. In addition to 10 books, Dr. Violato has published more than 300 scientific and technical articles, abstracts and reports in major journals such as Academic Medicine, Medical Education, British Medical Journal, Canadian Medical Association Journal, and the Lancet. He has received millions of dollars in research funding from various institutions including the US National Institute of Health. His most recent book, Assessing Competence in Medicine and Allied Health Professions is published by Taylor & Francis, 2019. 


  • Psychometrics
  • Research Methods
  • Biostatistics
  • Medical Education Research

Awards & Recognition

  • Outstanding Achievement Award from the Medical Council of Canada “For Excellence in the Evaluation of Clinical Competence”
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, "Innovation Award for the development of the Physician Achievement Review Program"
  • Outstanding Mentorship in Medical Education, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Professional Associations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • Canadian Association of Medical Education


Research Summary/Interests

  • Psychometrics and research methods
  • Biostatistics
  • Medical education research


Academic Interests and Focus

Psychometrics and research methods; Biostatistics; Medical Education Research