Sarah Jung, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Sarah Jung obtained her PhD in Educational Psychology in 2014. She is an Assistant Professor in Education Research and Development in the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an expert in educational psychology with a focus in Learning Science, the study of how people learn in different contexts. She has studied the incorporation and impact of digital technologies in multiple learning environments. She is currently involved in numerous studies in the areas of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing surgical education. Her background allows her to apply theories of learning to understand how people become expert physicians and how we can support this process to facilitate quality patient care. Her training in assessment as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods allows her to conduct and consult on a variety of research projects in surgical and medical education.
(608) 262-1240


MADISON, WI 53792-0001

Research Interests

Dr. Jung’s research interests focus on the creation of learner-centered learning environments and recognizing how learners’ perceptions and individual characteristics influence learning in surgery and other areas of medicine. One focus of her work is the study of how individual factors such as self-regulated learning strategies, cognitive processes, and other personal traits are involved in learning within these environments. She also focuses on understanding learning trajectories in competency-based medical education, particularly with regard to facilitating the development of entrustment and expertise in surgical practice. Finally, she is interested in how environments designed to complement the clinical learning experience, such as simulation or online learning systems, can be optimally combined with clinical practice to facilitate knowledge and skill development.

Recent Publications

  • Faculty Entrustment and Resident Entrustability.
    Millar JK, Matusko N, Evans J, Baker SJ, Lindeman B, Jung S, Minter RM, Weinstein E, Goodstein F, Cook MR, Brasel KJ, Sandhu G
    JAMA Surg 2024 Mar 01; 159(3): 277-285
    [PubMed ID: 38198146]

  • Well-being and burnout in surgical residency training: Understanding drivers is essential for targeting interventions.
    Layne D, Jung S
    Am J Surg 2024 Feb; 228: 43-44
    [PubMed ID: 38114395]

  • Enhancing the Value of Surgical Entrustable Professional Activities through Integrative Learning Analytics.
    Krecko LK, Jung S, Martin S, Krebsbach C, Rosser AA, Stahl C, Varley P, Greenberg J, Minter RM
    J Surg Educ 2023 Oct; 80(10): 1370-1377
    [PubMed ID: 37596105]

  • Engaging the Entire Learner: Pathway Program Administrators' Experiences of Providing Students with Research Experiences in Academic Medicine.
    Jung S, Rosser AA, Alagoz E
    J Med Educ Curric Dev 2023; 10: 23821205231189981
    [PubMed ID: 37538106]

  • Cultural Change, Community, and Belonging: Supporting the Next Generation of Surgeons From Groups Historically Excluded From Medicine.
    Jung S, Rosser AA, Alagoz E
    Ann Surg Open 2023 Jun; 4(2): e291
    [PubMed ID: 37601472]

All Publications on PubMed