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

  • Surgical Trainee Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis: The Influence of Explicit and Hidden Curricula.
    Bleicher J, Johnson JE, Cain BT, Shaw RD, Acher AA, Gleason L, Barth RJ, Chu DI, Jung S, Melnick D, Kaphingst KA, Smith BK, Huang LC
    J Surg Educ 2023 Mar 06;
    [PubMed ID: 36890045]

  • Simulation-Based Medical Education: Development of an Assessment Tool for Novice Use.
    Ulrich SM, L'Huillier JC, Jung SA, Krecko LK, Rosser AA, Schulze AK, Liepert AE, O'Rourke AP
    WMJ 2022 Dec; 121(4): 316-322
    [PubMed ID: 36637846]

  • Impacts of a Clinical Research Program for High School Students from Groups Historically Excluded from Science and Medicine.
    Krecko LK, Jung S
    Health Equity 2022; 6(1): 873-880
    [PubMed ID: 36479185]

  • Measuring the impact of simulation debriefing on the practices of interprofessional trauma teams using natural language processing.
    Rosser AA, Qadadha YM, Thompson RJ, Jung HS, Jung S
    Am J Surg 2023 Feb; 225(2): 394-399
    [PubMed ID: 36207174]

  • Identifying Intraoperative Behaviors Associated With Surgical Resident Teachability.
    Lauer KV, Jung SA, Elfenbein DM
    J Surg Educ 2023 Jan; 80(1): 30-38
    [PubMed ID: 35985934]

All Publications on PubMed