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John M. Wiecha, MD, MPH

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentFamily Medicine
Address771 Albany St
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 414-4465
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-4524-9283
Other Positions
TitleAssistant Dean of Academic Affairs
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentOffice of Academic Affairs

TitleDirector of Medical Education
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentMedical Education

TitleActive Staff Privileges
InstitutionBoston Medical Center
DepartmentFamily Medicine

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Wiecha is an Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine, where he also serves as the Director of the Office of Medical Education. He received his M.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and M.P.H from the University of Massachusetts. He completed residencies in Family Medicine and in Preventive Medicine at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Wiecha has published studies on patterns of preventive health care among disadvantaged populations, and on tobacco abuse among minority populations in Massachusetts. He has received a number of awards, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Control Career Development Fellowship, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Award, and the University of Massachusetts Fellowship in Asian-American Studies. He served as medical director of a community-based cancer prevention program for Southeast Asian-Americans that received national recognition for excellence. Dr. Wiecha’s medical education projects have been funded by numerous private foundations, the US Public Health Service, the NIH, and the World Health Organization.

Current Projects

Managing pediatric asthma with an Internet-supported team (Commonwealth Fund)

Use of virtual computer worlds for international medical professional development (WHO)

Women in Control: use of virtual world intervention to promote lifestyle change for inner-city women with diabetes (NIH)

Predictors of physical activity among inner-city women with cardiometabolic risk factors





Dr. Wiecha's expertise includes eLearning; Instructional Technology; Simulation training; Distance education; Medical education; Instructional design; Program evaluation; Program development.

 NIH RePORTER Grants

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2010 Virtual World Health Behavior Counseling for Patients with Diabetes 1RC1LM010412-01


 Self-Described Keywords
  • Distance education
  • eLearning
  • instructional design
  • Instructional Technology
  • medical education
  • program development
  • program evaluation
  • Simulation training
 Publications
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  1. Schoonheim M, Heyden R, Wiecha JM. Use of a virtual world computer environment for international distance education: lessons from a pilot project using Second Life. BMC Med Educ. 2014; 14(1):36.
    View in: PubMed
  2. Youngclaus JA, Koehler PA, Kotlikoff LJ, Wiecha JM. Can medical students afford to choose primary care? An economic analysis of physician education debt repayment. Acad Med. 2013 Jan; 88(1):16-25.
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  3. Milagros C Rosal; Robin Heyden; Roanne Mejilla; Maria Rizzo DePaoli; Chetty Veerappa; John M Wiecha. Design and Methods for a Comparative Effectiveness Pilot Study: Virtual World vs. Face-to-Face Diabetes Self-Management. JMIR Research Protocols. 2012; 2(20122):e24.
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  4. Chao SH, Brett B, Wiecha JM, Norton LE, Levine SA. Use of an online curriculum to teach delirium to fourth-year medical students: a comparison with lecture format. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Jul; 60(7):1328-32.
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  5. Mitchell S, Heyden R, Heyden N, Schroy P, Andrew S, Sadikova E, Wiecha J. A pilot study of motivational interviewing training in a virtual world. J Med Internet Res. 2011; 13(3):e77.
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  6. Wiecha J, Heyden R, Sternthal E, Merialdi M. Learning in a virtual world: experience with using second life for medical education. J Med Internet Res. 2010; 12(1):e1.
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  7. Wilkinson JE, Hoffman M, Pierce E, Wiecha J. FaMeS: an innovative pipeline program to foster student interest in family medicine. Fam Med. 2010 Jan; 42(1):28-34.
    View in: PubMed
  8. Goldman LN, Wiecha J, Hoffman M, Levine SA. Teaching geriatric assessment: use of a hybrid method in a family medicine clerkship. Fam Med. 2008 Nov-Dec; 40(10):721-5.
    View in: PubMed
  9. Wiecha JM, Markuns JF. Promoting medical humanism: design and evaluation of an online curriculum. Fam Med. 2008 Oct; 40(9):617-9.
    View in: PubMed
  10. Wiecha JM, Adams WG. BostonBreathes: an RCT to improve pediatric asthma care with a home-based interactive website for patient education, monitoring, and clinical teamwork. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2007; 1154.
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  11. Wiecha JM, Chetty VK, Pollard T, Shaw PF. Web-based versus face-to-face learning of diabetes management: the results of a comparative trial of educational methods. Fam Med. 2006 Oct; 38(9):647-52.
    View in: PubMed
  12. Schilling K, Wiecha J, Polineni D, Khalil S. An interactive web-based curriculum on evidence-based medicine: design and effectiveness. Fam Med. 2006 Feb; 38(2):126-32.
    View in: PubMed
  13. Wiecha JM, Adams WG. BostonBreathes: improving pediatric asthma care with a home-based interactive website for patient education, monitoring, and clinical teamwork. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2006; 1144.
    View in: PubMed
  14. Wiecha J, Pollard T. The interdisciplinary eHealth team: chronic care for the future. J Med Internet Res. 2004 Sep 3; 6(3):e22.
    View in: PubMed
  15. Wiecha JM, Gramling R, Joachim P, Vanderschmidt H. Collaborative e-learning using streaming video and asynchronous discussion boards to teach the cognitive foundation of medical interviewing: a case study. J Med Internet Res. 2003 Apr-Jun; 5(2):e13.
    View in: PubMed
  16. Wiecha J, Barrie N. Collaborative online learning: a new approach to distance CME. Acad Med. 2002 Sep; 77(9):928-9.
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  17. Wiecha JM, Vanderschmidt H, Schilling K. HEAL: an instructional design model applied to an online clerkship in family medicine. Acad Med. 2002 Sep; 77(9):925-6.
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  18. Wiecha JM, Fink AK, Wiecha J, Hebert J. Differences in dietary patterns of Vietnamese, white, African-American, and Hispanic adolescents in Worcester, Mass. J Am Diet Assoc. 2001 Feb; 101(2):248-51.
    View in: PubMed
  19. Wiecha JM. Differences in knowledge of hepatitis B among Vietnamese, African-American, Hispanic, and white adolescents in Worcester, Massachusetts. Pediatrics. 1999 Nov; 104(5 Pt 2):1212-6.
    View in: PubMed
  20. Wiecha JM, Lee V, Hodgkins J. Patterns of smoking, risk factors for smoking, and smoking cessation among Vietnamese men in Massachusetts (United States). Tob Control. 1998; 7(1):27-34.
    View in: PubMed
  21. Wiecha JM. Differences in patterns of tobacco use in Vietnamese, African-American, Hispanic, and Caucasian adolescents in Worcester, Massachusetts. Am J Prev Med. 1996 Jan-Feb; 12(1):29-37.
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  22. Wiecha JM, Hebert JR, Lim M. Diet measurement in Vietnamese youth: concurrent reliability of a self-administered food frequency questionnaire. J Community Health. 1994 Jun; 19(3):181-8.
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  23. Wiecha JM, Lim M. Tine test cards for TB screening: rates of return and associated factors. Fam Pract Res J. 1994 Mar; 14(1):51-7.
    View in: PubMed
  24. Wiecha JM, Gann P. Does maternal prenatal care use predict infant immunization delay? Fam Med. 1994 Mar; 26(3):172-8.
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  25. Wiecha JM, Gann P. Provider confidence in breast examination. Fam Pract Res J. 1993 Mar; 13(1):37-41.
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  26. Wiecha JM. Ethics in medicine: are we blind? In support of teaching medical ethics at the bedside. J Med Humanit. 1991; 12(3):111-7.
    View in: PubMed
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