2017 CHES Celebration of Scholarship

The Centre for Health Education Scholarship will host the CHES Celebration of Scholarship on Wednesday, October 4, at The University of British Columbia’s Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. This event is an opportunity for the CHES community to showcase and share their work and celebrate the accomplishments of the health professions education scholarship network. The day’s activities include: plenary presentations, oral and poster presentations, round table discussions and dedicated time for networking. This year’s Annual Gordon Page Invited Lecturer is Dr. Fred Hafferty from the Mayo Clinic.

Please note the deadline for abstract submissions will close on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM PDT, and registration will close Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11:59 PM PDT.

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Event Schedule:
Registration 07:45
Breakfast Round Table Discussions (Limited Capacity!) 08:15 09:15
Welcome Address 09:15 09:30
Gordon Page Invited Lecture 09:30 10:30
Oral Presentations Session 1 10:45 12:00
Lunch 12:00 13:00
Oral Presentations Session 2 13:00 14:15
Poster Presentations and Coffee Break 14:15 15:00
Closing Panel Discussion 15:00 16:00
Thank You’s 16:00 16:15
Wine and Cheese Reception 16:15 17:00


Professionalism, Barnyard Animals, and the Invisible Geography of Medical Education

Medicine’s modern day professionalism movement is fast approaching a quarter century of activity. Following an earlier and vigorous debate within sociology as to the changing nature of medical work and medicine’s evolving status as a profession, organized medicine began to leverage early concerns about “industry” and the emergence of a medical-industrial complex [to borrow from Arnold Relman’s classic characterization] into a cascade of charters, codes, curricula, and competencies designed to institutionalize professionalism [as a related yet different species from profession] within the classrooms and C-suites of organized medicine. These activities, in turn, helped to generate a vast literature within both medicine and other health occupations about how best to teach, assess, and remediate professionalism – including what should count and not count as a professionalism issue. One sub-genre in this frenzy of scholarship has been publications by trainees and other health occupations where the issues being framed are oftentimes at odds with how professionalism is viewed by those who control (and define) the healthcare order of things. In this session, we will interactively explore both this history and the countervailing threads that make up this movement. Our goal is to problematize training-as-socialization and in doing so craft a possibly constructive call to re-engineer the prevailing educational engine so that it may better prepare our trainees to resist and subvert the relentless presence of forces (market and bureaucratic) that oppose this third and socially vital way of organizing work and valuing agency.


Frederic W. Hafferty is Professor of Medical Education, Associate Director of the Program for Professionalism & Values, and Associate Dean for Professionalism, College of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He received his undergraduate degree in Social Relations from Harvard in 1969 and his Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from Yale in 1976. He is the author of “Into the Valley: Death and the Socialization of Medical Students” (Yale University Press); “The Changing Medical Profession: An International Perspective” (Oxford University Press), with John McKinlay; “Sociology and Complexity Science: A New Field of Inquiry” (Springer) with Brian Castellani, “The Hidden Curriculum in Health Professions Education” (Dartmouth College Press) with Joseph O’Donnell, “Understanding Professionalism” (Lange) with Wendy Levinson, Katherine Lucy, and Shiphra Ginsburg and “Place and Health as Complex Systems: A Case study and Empirical Test “ (Springer) with Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter and Michael Ball. He is past chair of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. He currently sits on the American Board of Medical Specialties standing committee on Ethics and Professionalism and the editorial board of Academic Medicine. Research focuses on the evolution of medicine’s’ professionalism movement, mapping social networks within medical education, the application of complexity theory to medical training, issues of medical socialization, and disability studies.