November 2016 Research Rounds

Dr. Mercedes Chan

Down the Rabbit Hole: Exploring professional identity formation in doctors who pursue additional training

Chris Lovato

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Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm (feel free to bring a bagged lunch)


  • DHCC 2267
  • IRC 305
  • PHRM 3321
  • MSB 107
  • RJH CA 120
  • KGH CAC 237
  • NHSC 9-374
  • Surrey Central City (Manning Room 4109)


  • Movi E, ID 30215


Extra training beyond that which is required to practice is becoming increasingly common amongst specialty physicians and surgeons in Canada. For many this may mean additional years of clinical or research training, a graduate degree, or a combination of all of the above. During this time, doctors may be trainees, qualified practitioners, and students all at the same time. This talk will explore the experiences of qualified physicians in their pursuit of additional training as well as the effects of this on their professional identity formation.


Dr. Mercedes Chan is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Division of Community Engagement, and a pediatric rheumatologist at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She completed her medical training at the University of Hong Kong followed by a pediatrics residency at the University of Saskatchewan, a pediatric rheumatology fellowship at UBC, and a clinical educator fellowship through the UBC Center for Health Education Scholarship. Her medical education interests center on professional identity formation in doctors and elements within doctors’ communities of practice that shape that identity. Dr. Chan is passionate about improving access to care for children with pediatric rheumatic disease around the world through education. She regularly teaches in China and South Africa and is heavily involved in the development of international pediatric rheumatology e-learning resources.


The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This course has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development. This Group Learning course meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 1.5 Mainpro+ credits. This course is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 1.5 MOC Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

Accredited by UBC CPD