Visiting Scholar

Dr. Saad Chahine<

Dr. Saad Chahine

Scientist, Centre for Education Research & Innovation (CERI)
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education
Western University

Dates: June 30, 2016

Purpose of Visit

During this visit to CHES, Dr. Chahine will be meeting with educators and researchers within the CHES community to discuss their research ideas, offer advice, and explore areas of joint interest. Research interests include competency based assessment in the workplace and the social consequences of assessment influencing the design and implementation of assessment and evaluation programs.


As a child, a caregiver, and through personal injury, in his encounters with the process of healthcare Dr. Chahine recognized some fundamental commonalities between education in healthcare and his own area of expertise as an educationalist.

All too often in the current assessment system, the arguments we make about learners “are paper thin” because we have failed to perceive them as arguments, according to Dr. Chahine. We’ve given ourselves too little freedom to ask “are you seeing what I’m seeing?” We lack the kind of inherent “flexibility of thinking” that is needed to make robust statistical interpretations about learning. And without such features, the process of assessment doesn’t do justice to the “heart and soul of medicine”– the day to day practice of health professionals. Through his expertise in theories of assessment and learning developed at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE), Dr. Chahine is prepared to ask the difficult questions about assessment that can foster innovation in the coming shift to competency-based assessment in the clinical workplace.