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

  • Resident Perspectives on Effective Surgical Training: Incivility, Confidence, and Mindset.
    Babchenko O, Scott K, Jung S, Frank S, Elmaraghi S, Thiagarajasubramanian S, Rendell V, Poore SO, Bentz ML, Garland CB
    J Surg Educ 2020 Sep - Oct; 77(5): 1088-1096
    [PubMed ID: 32546388]

  • Entrustable Professional Activities in General Surgery: Trends in Resident Self-Assessment.
    Stahl CC, Jung SA, Rosser AA, Kraut AS, Schnapp BH, Westergaard M, Hamedani AG, Minter RM, Greenberg JA
    J Surg Educ 2020 Jun 12;
    [PubMed ID: 32540120]

  • Implementation of Entrustable Professional Activities into a General Surgery Residency.
    Stahl CC, Collins E, Jung SA, Rosser AA, Kraut AS, Schnapp BH, Westergaard M, Hamedani AG, Minter RM, Greenberg JA
    J Surg Educ 2020 Jul - Aug; 77(4): 739-748
    [PubMed ID: 32044326]

  • Operating room preparation by general surgery residents: A qualitative analysis.
    Goldwag JL, Jung S
    Am. J. Surg. 2020 08; 220(2): 316-321
    [PubMed ID: 31882064]

  • Teaching practicing surgeons what not to do: An analysis of instruction fluidity during a simulation-based continuing medical education course.
    Godfrey M, Rosser AA, Pugh CM, Shaffer DW, Sachdeva AK, Jung SA
    Surgery 2019 06; 165(6): 1082-1087
    [PubMed ID: 30876670]

All Publications on PubMed