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2017 Symposium

The 3rd annual Health & Medical Education Scholarship Symposium was held on February 22-23 at the Foothills Health Sciences Centre. We were pleased to host three fantastic keynote speakers - Dr. Kevin Eva from UBC, Dr. Lorelei Lingard from Western, and Dr. Stella Ng from Toronto at this event, along with many established and up-and-coming scholars who presented their research in four oral sessions and a poster and demonstration session.

Attendance increased 25% from the 2016 event, with 131 participants taking part over the 2 days including faculty, staff and students, both from the University of Calgary and beyond. There were 31 speakers and 22 poster and demonstration presenters.

OHMES would like to thank all the participants, attendees, the Symposium Planning Committee, and the many volunteers who made this event possible. The sessions received very positive feedback from participants, and we are already using this feedback to form the basis of future events. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2018 Symposium on February 20 and 21, 2018! Stay tuned for dates and details …

Click here to access the event program, including a listing of speakers and poster presenters.


2016 Symposium

OHMES hosted the second annual Health and Medical Education Scholarship Symposium on February 17-18, 2016.  This event showcased work in health and medical education scholarship in Calgary and beyond, and encouraged collaborations among researchers with common interests. Attendance increased 36% from the 2015 event, with 105 participants including faculty, staff and students.  There was representation from Medicine, Nursing, Education and Veterinary Medicine, as well as the University of Alberta, Mt. Royal University and the University of Saskatchewan.  OHMES was fortunate to be able to host three external experts from the University of Toronto, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and the Mayo Clinic, as keynote presenters and workshop facilitators.  In addition, 27 researchers presented their work during the poster and oral sessions.

The first day of the event began with a welcome from Dr. Rachel Ellaway (Co-Director, OHMES), followed by a keynote address from Dr. David Cook (Mayo Clinic) in which he discussed validity arguments for learner assessments.  The event continued with a professionalism workshop hosted by Dr. Shiphra Ginsburg (University of Toronto) and oral and poster presentation sessions at which local and visiting researchers showcased their work in an informal and interactive setting.  Topics included professionalism, simulation, feedback, ethics education, curriculum, and spanned UME, PGME and CME programs.

The day concluded with the inaugural Jones Medical Education Lecture presented by Dr. Vernon Curran (Memorial University of Newfoundland).  Participants enjoyed a dinner prior to the lecture which addressed interprofessional education, and provided insight into the history, models, evaluation frameworks, and current IPE units across Canada.  The lecture was funded by the UME Jones Award, and we were fortunate to welcome Dr. Allan Jones as an honored guest and benefactor of the fund.

 Dr. Shiphra Ginsburg started the second day with her keynote which explored what can be learned from assessment comments, and introduced surprising insight into the use of the terms “good” and “excellent” in assessments.  Symposium participants could then choose between workshops on assessment validation by Dr. David Cook and routes to scholarship by Dr. Rachel Ellaway, as well as a final oral presentation session.  The Symposium closed with a lively “unconference” hosted by Dr. David Topps (University of Calgary) which interactively explored barriers to conducting medical education research.

All workshops and presentations received very positive feedback from participants, with special mention made of the interactive nature of the event, opportunities to discuss ideas, enthusiastic speakers, and accessibility of experts in their fields. 

OHMES would like to thank everyone who made this event possible:  the planning committee, presenters, workshop facilitators, poster presenters, attendees, and volunteers from Faculty Development, Community Health Sciences and W21C.  The quality of presentations, posters and workshops was impressive, and we appreciate the time and effort required in this regard.  OHMES is pleased to be able to provide this educational opportunity on an annual basis, and we look forward to the 2017 Symposium.  Stay tuned…


Photos courtesy of Julia MacGregor

Click here to access the event program, including a listing of speakers and poster presenters.


2015 Symposium

OHMES hosted the first Health and Medical Education Scholarship Symposium on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  This inaugural event showcased work in health and medical education scholarship, and encouraged collaborations among researchers with common interests. Attendance exceeded expectations with 77 participants, including faculty, staff and students representing Medicine, Nursing, Education and Veterinary Medicine, as well as the University of Alberta.  OHMES was fortunate to be able to host three external experts from McGill and NOSM as presenters and workshop facilitators. 

The event began with a welcome from Dr. Jocelyn Lockyer (Senior Associate Dean - Education) and Dr. Ian Mitchell (Director, OHMES), followed by a series of presentations from internal and external experts spanning a number of scholarship topics.  Dr. Sylvain Coderre (Associate Dean, UME) shared his experiences in publishing medical education research.  Dr. Farhan Bhanji (Associate Professor - McGill and Associate Director, Assessment - RCPSC) then provided an overview of what constitutes good scholarship, followed by Dr. Rachel Ellaway (Assistant Dean, Curriculum and Planning - NOSM) reviewing her research into community relationships in medical education.

The attendees then moved into the HRIC Atrium for a coffee break and poster session.  The informal poster session featured the work of 24 local researchers, and included faculty, staff and students.  Topics were diverse, and included UME, PGME, simulation, interprofessional learning, as well as discipline-specific learning.  The open format of the session enabled presenters to share their research,  receive feedback and to network with other researchers.

Following lunch, Dr. Meredith Young (Assistant Professor - McGill) shared her research into the nature of experience and expertise in clinical reasoning with her unique perspective as a cognitive psychologist.  This rounded out the presentations before the group moved on to the afternoon workshop session.  Three concurrent workshops were offered with topics covering simulation (Dr. David Topps), CanMEDS (Dr. Farhan Bhanji) and publishing in health professional education (Dr. Kent Hecker and Dr. Aliya Kassam).  The Symposium concluded with a reception which provided another opportunity for networking, as well as a chance to speak one-on-one with the external presenters.

OHMES would like to thank everyone who made this event possible:  the planning committee, presenters, workshop facilitators, poster presenters, attendees, and volunteers from OIPH and W21C.  The quality of presentations, posters and workshops was impressive, and we appreciate the time and effort required in this regard.  Feedback on this event was overwhelmingly positive, with most valuing the opportunity to network and  to learn more about scholarship activities and practices.  Based on the positive response, we look forward to the Symposium becoming an annual event!

Click here to access the event program, including a listing of speakers and poster presenters.

Stay tuned for information regarding the 2016 Symposium...

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