Patrick Barlow, PhD

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine - General Internal Medicine

Contact Information

200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242


PhD, Educational Psychology and Research, University of Tennessee

Research Summary

Pat Barlow came to the university in September 2014 as a Program Evaluation Consultant in the Office of Consultation & Research in Medical Education (OCRME). Originally from the Minneapolis area, he completed his B.A. in English and Psychology at Saint John’s University (Collegeville, MN) before moving south to complete his Ph.D. in Evaluation, Statistics, & Measurement at the University of Tennessee. He currently teaches an educational research methods course in the college’s Masters of Medical Education degree program, and he serves as the Associate Director for Program Evaluation at the UI Institute for Clinical & Translational Science. While at Iowa, Pat has worked on a wide range of program evaluation and research projects ranging local programs like overhauling the Medical Student Liaison Committee process and developing a centralized educational data warehouse to support monitoring the college’s compliance with its accreditation standards to large scale, national initiatives such as working to develop standard program evaluation metrics used to measure the impact of the Clinical & Translational Awards (CTSA) program. Pat’s research and teaching interests include program evaluation and assessment in undergraduate and graduate medical education; survey design and construction; teaching statistics and research methods in medical education, and the use of natural language processing techniques in medical education. Outside of work, Pat can usually be found deep in his latest woodworking project or spending time with his wife Elise and their young daughter Eleanor.


Rucker, R., Barlow, P. B., Hartshorn, J., Kaufman, L., Smith, B., Kossioni, A. & Marchini, L. (2018). Dual institution validation of an ageism scale for dental students. Special Care in Dentistry. PMID: 30427556.

Krois, N. R., Kossioni, A. E., Barlow, P. B., Straub-Morarend, C. L. & Marchini, L. (2018). Preliminary Validation of an Instrument to Assess Students' Perceptions of Clinical Learning Environments at U.S. Dental Schools. Journal of Dental Education, 82(6), 575-580. PMID: 29858253.

Rucker, R., Barlow, P. B., Hartshorn, J., Kaufman, L., Smith, B., Kossioni, A. & Marchini, L. (2018). Development and preliminary validation of an ageism scale for dental students. Special Care in Dentistry. PMID: 29314164.

Gaglioti, A. H., Barlow, P., Thoma, K. D. & Bergus, G. R. (2017). Integrated care coordination by an interprofessional team reduces emergency department visits and hospitalisations at an academic health centre. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 1-9. PMID: 28726526.

Berger, A. P., Giacalone, J. C., Barlow, P., Kapadia, M. R. & Keith, J. N. (2017). Choosing surgery as a career: Early results of a longitudinal study of medical students. Surgery, 161(6), 1683-1689. PMID: 28161006.

Barlow, P. B., Thoma, K. D. & Ferguson, K. J. (2017). The Impact of Using Mean Versus Mode When Assessing Resident Competency. Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 9(3), 302-309. PMID: 28638507.

DuBose, L. E., Voss, M. W., Weng, T. B., Kent, J. D., Dubishar, K. M., Lane-Cordova, A. D., Sigurdsson, G., Schmid, P., Barlow, P. B. & Pierce, G. L. (2017). Carotid ß-stiffness Index is Associated with Slower Processing Speed but not Working Memory or White Matter Integrity in Healthy Middle-Aged/Older Adults. Journal of Applied Physiology (1985), jap.00769.2016. PMID: 28126907.

Pierce, G. L., Harris, S. A., Seals, D. R., Casey, D. P., Barlow, P. B. & Stauss, H. M. (2016). Estimated aortic stiffness is independently associated with cardiac baroreflex sensitivity in humans: role of ageing and habitual endurance exercise. J Hum Hypertens, 30(9), 513-20. PMID: 26911535.

Sams, V. G., Blackledge, C., Wijayatunga, N., Barlow, P., Mancini, M., Mancini, G. & Moustaid-Moussa, N. (2016). Effect of bariatric surgery on systemic and adipose tissue inflammation. Surgical Endoscopy, 30(8), 3499-504. PMID: 26514136.

Erwin, P. C., Barlow, P., Brownson, R. C., Amos, K. & Keck, C. W. (2016). Characteristics of Academic Health Departments: Initial Findings From a Cross-Sectional Survey. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 22(2), 190-3. PMID: 25668013.

Barlow, P. B., Thoma, K. & Ferguson, K. (2016). Comparing measures of central tendency used to summarize family medicine resident milestone evaluations. Journal of Graduate Medical Education.

Smith, T. L., Barlow, P. B., Peters, J. M. & Skolits, G. J. (2015). Demystifying reflective practice: Using the DATA model to enhance evaluators' professional activities. Evaluation and Program Planning, 52, 142-7. PMID: 26051793.

Barlow, P. B., Skolits, G., Heidel, R. E., Metheny, W. & Smith, T. L. (2015). Development of the Biostatistics and Clinical Epidemiology Skills (BACES) assessment for medical residents. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 91(1078), 423-30. PMID: 26253921.

Farland, M. Z., Barlow, P. B., Levi Lancaster, T. & Franks, A. S. (2015). Comparison of Answer-Until-Correct and Full-Credit Assessments in a Team-based Learning Course. Am J Pharm Educ, 79(2), 21. PMID: 25861102.

Farland, M. Z., McPheeters, C., Renwick, R., Barlow, P. B., Williams, J., Keeble, D. & Franks, A. S. (2015). Comparison of patients receiving long-term metformin therapy and vitamin B12 monitoring. J Pharm Technol. DOI: 10.1177/8755122515576207.

Farland, M. Z., Franks, A. S., Barlow, P. B., Rowe, S. A. & Chisolm-Burns, M. (2015). Assessment of student study patterns, performance, and long-term knowledge retention following use of didactic lecture compared to team-based learning. Curr Pharm Teach Learn, 7(3). DOI: 10.1016/j.cptl.2014.12.009.

Bourgeois, A. C., Faulkner, A. R., Bradley, Y. C., Pasciak, A., Barlow, P. B., Gash, J. R. & Reid, Jr, W. S. (2014). Improved Accuracy of Minimally Invasive Transpedicular Screw Placement in the Lumbar Spine with Three-dimensional Stereotactic Image Guidance: A Comparative Meta-analysis. J Spinal Disord Tech. PMID: 25089676.

Barlow, P. B., Smith, T. L. & Skolits, G. (2014). Five strategies for successful assessment in Graduate Medical Education. World Medical & Health Policy, 6(1), 51-62.

Lee, P. H., Franks, A. S., Barlow, P. B. & Farland, M. Z. (2014). Hospital readmission and emergency department use based on prescribing patterns in patients with severely uncontrolled type 2 diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Technol Ther, 16(3), 150-5. PMID: 24224752.

Jeffcoach, D. R., Sams, V. G., Lawson, C. M., Enderson, B. L., Smith, S. T., Kline, H., Barlow, P. B., Wylie, D. R., Krumenacker, L. A., McMillen, J. C., Pyda, J., Daley, B. J. & University of Tennessee Medical Center Department of Surgery (2014). Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs' impact on nonunion and infection rates in long-bone fractures. J Trauma Acute Care Surg, 76(3), 779-83. PMID: 24553548.

Jeffcoach, D. R., Gallegos, J. J., Gandhi, S. S., Daley, S., Barlow, P. B., Bollig, R. & Daley, B. J. (2014). Massive transfusion in the elderly trauma patient: should it be done?. J Surg Res, 186(2), 686. DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2013.11.993.

Acuff, S., Barlow, P. B. & Osborne, D. (2014). Assessment of 3 anxiety reduction methods in PET/CT imaging using the Spielberger State Inventory Assessment. J Nucl Med, 55(Supplement 1), 2614.

Shoulders, B. R., Franks, A. S., Barlow, P. B., Williams, J. D. & Farland, M. Z. (2014). Impact of pharmacists' interventions and simvastatin dose restrictions. Ann Pharmacother, 48(1), 54-61. PMID: 24259645.

Acuff, S., Barlow, P. & Osborne, D. (2014). Quantitative determination of anxiety reduction in PET/CT using a patient call device and the Spielberger State Inventory Assessment. J Nucl Med, 55(Supplement 1), 2615.

Krumenacker, L., Winters, S., Faircloth, B., McMillen, J., Wylie, D., Barlow, P. B., Ranganath, H. & Branca, P. (2013). 984: Insulin glargine versus NPH insulin in critically ill medical patients. (Vols. 41 Suppl 1). (12), pp. A247. Critical Care Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Sams, V. G., Lawson, C. M., Humphrey, C. L., Brantley, S. L., Schumacher, L. M., Karlstad, M. D., Norwood, J. E., Jungwirth, J. A., Conley, C. P., Kurek, S., Barlow, P. B. & Daley, B. J. (2012). Effect of rotational therapy on aspiration risk of enteral feeds. Nutr Clin Pract, 27(6), 808-11. PMID: 23087262.

Sams, V. G., Lawson, C. M., Coan, P., Bemis, D., Newkirk, K., Karlstad, M., Norwood, J., Barlow, P., Goldman, M. H. & Daley, B. J. (2012). Effect of local anesthetic on microorganisms in a murine model of surgical site infection. J Trauma Acute Care Surg, 73(2), 441-5; discussion 445-6. PMID: 22846953.