Invited Scholar

Sayra Cristancho

Sayra Cristancho, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Scientist, Centre for Education Research & Innovation (CERI)
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Dates of Visit: January 15 – 17, 2018

Purpose of Visit

Presenter at CHES Research Rounds
January 17, 2018
Untangling Complex Clinical Situations: A Case for Systems Thinking in Medical Education

In addition, she will be meeting with members of the CHES community to share ideas on specific research projects.


Dr. Sayra Cristancho is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery and a Scientist in the Centre for Education Research & Innovation (CERI) at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. After completing her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering in Colombia, she immigrated to Canada to pursue her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Cristancho’s transition into medical education research began to take place during her postdoctoral fellowship at SickKids Hospital in Toronto. Since joining CERI in 2010, Dr. Cristancho’s research program is investigating the nature of working in complex and high-stakes situations. Her work focuses on: 1) understanding how organizational, social and personal factors determine the evolution of a complex clinical situation, and 2) their influence on how clinical teams adapt to the complexities of their professional practice. Towards this end, Dr. Cristancho uses both Qualitative and Systems Engineering approaches to inform her research.