Jonathan Ilgen
Department of Emergency Medicine
Adjunct Professor
Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education
Vice Chair of Faculty Development and Education
Director, Medical Education Research Fellowship
Sites of Practice: 
Harborview Medical Center
University of Washington Medical Center

Faculty Information


Dr. Ilgen serves as the Vice Chair of Faculty Development and Education and cares for patients in the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center Emergency Departments. He directs the Medical Education Research Fellowship within the Department of Emergency Medicine and also provides longitudinal mentorship and instruction to medical students within UW School of Medicine Colleges program. Dr. Ilgen is a health professions education researcher, and his recent work has focused on how clinicians recognize, experience, and respond to uncertainty in their daily work. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Graduate Medical Education and is a founding member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Advanced Research Methodology Evaluation and Design in Medical Education (ARMED MedEd) course.

Education & Training: 
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency
Brigham & Women's Hospital / Massachusetts General Hospital
Emergency Medicine Education Research Fellowship
Oregon Health & Science University
Masters of Clinical Research
Oregon Health & Science University
Maastricht University, School of Health Professions Education
(206) 744-2992
Mailing Address: 

University of Washington Medical Center
Magnuson Health Sciences Building,
F Wing, UW Box 357235
1705 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 

Heath Professions Education

Clinical Reasoning/Uncertainty


Active Grants:

  1. Title: Diagnostic error and decision support systems
    • Dates: 18 months  (2020-2022)         
    • Role: Co-Investigator
    • PI: Matthew Sibbald, MD, PhD
    • Sponsor: Physician Services Incorporated Foundation
    • Total Costs:  $154,000
  2. Title: Development of a Unified System of Assessment and Predictive Learning Analytics Utilizing Entrustable Professional Activities Across Emergency Medicine Residency Programs
    • Dates: 18 months  (2020-2025)         
    • Role: Advisory Board Member
    • PI: Holly Caretta-Weyer, MD & Stefanie Sebok-Syer, PhD
    • Sponsor: American Medical Association “Reimagining Residency” Grant
    • Total Costs: $1,250,000
  3. Title: Evaluating rapid exemplar processing to improve diagnostic expertise
    • Dates: 3 years (2019-2022)   
    • Role: Co-Investigator
    • PI: Sandra Monteiro, PhD
    • Sponsor: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Medical Education Research Grant
    • Total Costs: $221,522
  4. Title: A qualitative exploration of trust and credibility judgements in educational podcasts
    • Dates: 1 year (2019-2020)     
    • Role: Mentor, Co-Investigator
    • PI: Jeffrey Riddell, MD
    • Sponsor: Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine - Emergency Medicine Foundation (CORD-EMF)
    • Total Costs: $25,000
  5. Title: Implementation of a novel simulation-based ultrasound guided IV insertion curriculum to improve the quality and safety of patients with difficult IV access in the emergency department
    • Dates: 1 year (2019-2020)     
    • Role: Co-Investigator
    • PI: Ross Kessler, MD
    • Sponsor: University of Washington Patient Safety and Quality Executive Committee
    • Total Costs: $45,000
Clinical Interests: 

All things Emergency Medicine


See below for recent publications:

  1. Ilgen JS, Eva KW, Regehr G.  What’s in a label? Is diagnosis the start or the end of clinical reasoning? J Gen Intern Med. 2016;31:435-7
  2. Ilgen JS, Ma IWY, Hatala R, Cook DA. A systematic review of validity evidence for checklists versus global rating scales in simulation-based assessment.  Med Educ. 2015; 49: 161–173.
  3. Ilgen JS, Bowen JL, McIntyre LA, Banh KV, Barnes D, Coates WC, Druck J, Fix ML, Rimple D, Yarris LM, Eva KW. Comparing Diagnostic Performance and the Utility of Clinical Vignette-Based Assessment Under Testing Conditions Designed to Encourage Either Automatic or Analytic Thought. Acad Med. 2013; 88:1545–1551.
  4. Ilgen JS, Sherbino J, Cook DA. Technology-Enhanced Simulation in Emergency Medicine: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Acad Emerg Med. 2013; 20(2):117-27.
  5. Ilgen JS, Humbert AJ, Kuhn G, Hansen ML, Norman GR, Eva KW, Charlin B, Sherbino J.  Assessing diagnostic reasoning: A consensus statement summarizing theory, practice, and future needs. Acad Emerg Med. 2012; 19(12): 1454-1461.

See Dr. Jonathan Ilgen's Google Scholar Page.