January 2020 Research Rounds

The Role of Social Networks in Supporting Faculty Development

Heather Buckley, MD

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm (feel free to bring a bagged lunch)


  • Life Sciences Centre 1312 CMR (host venue)
  • DHCC 2230
  • RJH CA 120
  • NHSC 9-374



Faculty development is increasingly important in health professions education. In recent years its conceptualization has broadened from an individual skills training activity to more contemporary notions of a social organizational model that recognizes the roles of relationships and networks in knowledge mobilization. Although these conceptual advancements are critical, we have lacked empirical evidence and therefore robust insights into how these networks function to shape learning in faculty development. This presentation will describe a study that employed a qualitative social network approach to explore how teaching faculty’s relationships influenced their learning about teaching. The insights emphasize the importance of considering faculty’s degree of social embeddedness in their professional social networks as this appears to influence their learning about teaching. It is essential we re-orient faculty development in the health professions as a dynamic social enterprise.


Dr. Heather Buckley is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She graduated with her medical degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Buckley recently completed the Clinical Educator Fellowship Program at the UBC Center for Health Education Scholarship; during that time she also completed a Masters of Health Professions Education from Maastricht University. She has a special interest in the area of faculty development, and holds a leadership position on the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (VFMP) Faculty Development Team.

Dr. Buckley was also recently appointed as the Portfolio Pillar Lead, Student Assessment Unit, UGME (Undergraduate Medical Education) at UBC. She has also actively supported the teaching and examination requirements of students in VFMP for the past 15 years, and has been acknowledged for her contributions, most recently including the inaugural Dr. Richard Wadge Teaching Award in 2019.


Accredited by UBC CPD



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 program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 15 (1.5 per session) Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity.

RCPSC Accreditation

CHES Research Rounds is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.