April 2018 What I’m Thinking About…

Meaning Making


Drs. Laura Nimmon, Brett Schrewe Anneke van Enk & Surabhi Rawal


Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

  • formal presentations and discussion from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, ongoing moderated discussion 1:00pm – 1:30pm
  • feel free to bring a bagged lunch



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The way human beings interpret and act on meaning is of broad relevance for the field of medical education. Meaning making shapes how we make judgements about one’s competence, how we engage in decision making on teams, and even how we interpret quantitative and qualitative assessment data. In this discussion, we will discuss the significance of meaning making by describing how three conceptual perspectives in HPE make meaning of the same encounter differently, and how these differences may be harnessed in a productive manner in clinical education and scholarship. We will also describe how senior residents’ make meaning of, and reconcile, the changing nature of their empathy. Our objective with this discussion is to deepen our understanding of the networked spaces where meaning making emerges, and propose that a language of “meaning making” can illuminate invisible process that shape our social realities and practices.


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 event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by UBC CPD. You may claim a maximum of 1.5 (x 10 sessions) hours (credits are automatically calculated). This Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 1.5 (x 10 sessions) Mainpro+ credits. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

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