Ian Scott is the Director of CHES. He is a Professor in the Department of Family Practice and the Director of the Clinical Decision Making (CDM) course in the Undergraduate MD Program at UBC. His research interests are in medical student career choice, practice patterns of newly graduated family physicians, and recall enhanced learning. Ian has an MD and a Master’s in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University and is certified by both the College of Family Physicians of Canada in Family Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

Research Interests

  • Medical Student Career Choice
  • Family Practice workforce
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Curriculum Design
  • Science of Learning/Science of Teaching
  • Photovoice


  • Teaching Excellence Award, UBC Medical Undergraduate Society (2021)
  • Postgraduate Teaching Award (UBC), Department of Family Practice Greater Vancouver (2013-2014)
  • British Columbia College of Family Physicians Research Award, BC College of Family Physicians (2012)
  • Ian McWinney Family Medicine Teacher of the Year Award, College of Family Physicians of Canada (2011)
  • Award of Excellence, College of Family Physicians of Canada (2010)

Publication Highlights

Hubinette M, LaDonna K, Scott I, van der Goes T, Kahlke R. When I Say…Health Advocacy. Medical Education 2022;56(4): 362- 364

Kabir M, Randall E, Mitra G, Lavergne R, Scott I, Snadden D, Jones L, Goldsmith L,, Marshall E, Grudniewicz A. Resident and early-career family physicians’ focused practice choices in Canada: a qualitative study. British Journal of General Practice 2022; 72 (718): e334-e341

Mitra G, Grudniewicz A, Lavergne R, Fernandez R, Scott I. Alternative payment models: a path forward. Canadian Family Physician Nov 2021, 67 (11) 805-807.

Shah A, Gasner A, Bracken K, Scott I, Kelly M, Palombo A. Early generalist placements influence medical students to pursue family medicine careers: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Medical Education. May 2021, e-publication.

Hubinette M, Scott I, van der Goes T, Kahlke R. Learner Conceptions of Health Advocacy: “Going Above & Beyond” or “Kind of an Expectation”. Medical Education. March 2021, e-publication.

Scott I. Beyond “Driving”: The Relationship Between Assessment, Performance, and Learning. Medical Education 2020; 54(1):54-59.