John M. Wiecha, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Family Medicine

MD, State University of New York at Stony Brook
MPH, University of Massachusetts Amherst



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.

Active Staff Privileges
Boston Medical Center
Family Medicine




Predoctoral Training in Primary Care
07/01/2004 - 06/30/2007 (PI)
HHS/HRSA/Bureau of Health Professionals
5 D56 HP03355-02-00

Electronic Learning in Family Medicine
07/01/1999 - 06/30/2004 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Predoctoral Training in Primary Care
07/01/2000 - 06/30/2003 (PI)
HHS/HRSA/Bureau of Health Professionals
5 D16 HP00009 03


Virtual World Health Behavior Counseling for Patients with Diabetes
08/31/2010 - 08/30/2013 (PI)
NIH-NLM
1RC1 LM010412-01

Development and Delivery of Lectures in the Virtual World Second Life for the Research Methods Cours
04/01/2010 - 06/30/2012 (PI)
World Health Org

WHO eLearning Project
12/03/2007 - 12/31/2010 (PI)
World Health Org

Solving the Adoption of Innovation Dilemma for Solo and Small-Group Practices
01/01/2007 - 12/31/2009 (PI)
Phys Fdn for Health Ctr Excellence

Antenatal Care Online Course
03/01/2005 - 07/31/2008 (PI)
World Health Org

TV-Based Self-Management Platform for Children with Asthma
06/27/2006 - 03/31/2008 (PI)
BL Healthcare NIH-NICHD
1 R43 HD051194-01

Boston Healthnet Fund
07/01/2004 - 06/30/2007 (PI)
Boston Healthnet Corporation

Managing Chronic Disease with Internet Supported Team
06/01/2003 - 06/30/2007 (PI)
The Commonwealth Fund

Distance Education for Health (WHO)
04/01/2003 - 04/30/2005 (PI)
World Health Org



Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2010 Virtual World Health Behavior Counseling for Patients with Diabetes 1RC1LM010412-01 1
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Annie Liu, Theresa A. Davies, David B. Flynn, John M. Wiecha, Molly Cohen-Osher, Miriam Hoffman-Kleiner. Novel Mobile Application to Promote Evidence-Based Medicine Decision-Making in Medical Education. Medical Science Educator. 2015; 25:95-96.
  2. Wiecha JM, Adams WG, Rybin D, Rizzodepaoli M, Keller J, Clay JM. Evaluation of a web-based asthma self-management system: a randomised controlled pilot trial. BMC Pulm Med. 2015; 15:17. PMID: 25885418; PMCID: PMC4355974; DOI: 10.1186/s12890-015-0007-1;.
  3. Hoffman M, Wilkinson JE, Xu J, Wiecha J. The perceived effects of faculty presence vs. absence on small-group learning and group dynamics: a quasi-experimental study. BMC Med Educ. 2014; 14:258.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25491129; PMCID: PMC4272813; DOI: 10.1186/s12909-014-0258-1;.
  4. Waterman MR, Wiecha JM, Manne J, Tringale SM, Costa E, Wiecha JL. Utilization of a free fitness center-based exercise referral program among women with chronic disease risk factors. J Community Health. 2014 Dec; 39(6):1179-85. PMID: 24752958; DOI: 10.1007/s10900-014-9874-2;.
  5. Rosal MC, Heyden R, Mejilla R, Capelson R, Chalmers KA, Rizzo DePaoli M, Veerappa C, Wiecha JM. A Virtual World Versus Face-to-Face Intervention Format to Promote Diabetes Self-Management Among African American Women: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2014; 3(4):e54. PMID: 25344620; DOI: 10.2196/resprot.3412;.
  6. Mitchell SE, Mako M, Sadikova E, Barnes L, Stone A, Rosal MC, Wiecha J. The comparative experiences of women in control: diabetes self-management education in a virtual world. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2014 Nov; 8(6):1185-92.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25212580; PMCID: PMC4455456; DOI: 10.1177/1932296814549829;.
  7. 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; 14:36. PMID: 24555833; PMCID: PMC3936854; DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-36;.
  8. 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. PMID: 23165279; DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e318277a7df;.
  9. Rosal MC, Heyden R, Mejilla R, Rizzo Depaoli M, Veerappa C, Wiecha JM. Design and Methods for a Comparative Effectiveness Pilot Study: Virtual World vs. Face-to-Face Diabetes Self-Management. JMIR Res Protoc. 2012; 1(2):e24. PMID: 23612567; PMCID: PMC3626161; DOI: 10.2196/resprot.2415;.
  10. 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. View Publication
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