April 2016 Research Rounds

Dr. Laura Nimmon

Destigmatizing the Taboo of Power in Medical Education: Insights from Empirical Investigations across Sociocultural Contexts

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Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm (Lunch will be served at the Taylor Fidler Auditorium)


  • JPPN 141 – Taylor Fidler Auditorium
  • IRC 305
  • CSB V2-222
  • PHRM 3321
  • MSB 107
  • RJH CA 122
  • KGH CAC 237
  • NHSC 9-374
  • Surrey Central City (Manning Room 4109)


The notion of power and its presence in healthcare interactions is recognized as an important phenomenon we need to explore in order to advance the field of medical education forwards. Although the role of power as it plays out in medical interactions is becoming increasingly recognized as an important area of inquiry, research is still nascent in this area. I will present a body of theoretically grounded empirical research that explores the role of power dynamics in various medical education contexts. Preliminary insights into the role of power in shaping social phenomena, such as flows of health information and healthcare team negotiations around patient care, will be discussed.


Beginning July 2015, Dr. Laura Nimmon has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UBC. Since this time, she has also held a concurrent appointment as a Scientist at the Centre for Health Education Scholarship, Faculty of Medicine, UBC. Dr. Nimmon brings a perspective to the field of health professional education research that is shaped by her training in the fields of medicine, sociology, anthropology, and sociolinguistics.

Dr. Nimmon is the recipient of the Arthritis Society New Investigator Salary Award (2015-2018) in support of her study: “The Power of the Patient: Exploring Patient-Centered Care within Multidisciplinary Inflammatory Arthritis Teams”.


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