March 2018 Research Rounds

Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions

Dr. Meredith Young

Meredith Young

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Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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


  • DHCC 2267 (host venue)
  • IRC 305
  • RJH CA 120
  • NHSC 9-374



Clinical reasoning is considered to be at the core of a health professional’s practice. Given its central importance and presence in competency frameworks across the Health Professions, one might assume that consensus exists regarding our understanding of clinical reasoning. Explicit definitions of what clinical reasoning ‘is’ can support the enactment of competency frameworks, help shape teaching, and provide a defined construct for shaping assessment approaches. However, little consensus exists regarding the nature, visible features, definition, or language used when discussing clinical reasoning. In this talk, I will present recent work investigating the conceptualizations of clinical reasoning present within a group of experts, and in a broad sampling of the literature in Health Professions Education.


Dr. Meredith Young, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and a Research Scientist at the Centre for Medical Education at McGill University. She received her PhD from McMaster University in Cognitive Psychology in 2009 investigating the integration of more formal knowledge (diagnostic rules) and informal knowledge (previous experience) in novices. Her work is situated in three main research axes; 1) investigating how reasoning unfolds in Health Professions Education by the individual (and the factors that affect reasoning), 2) exploring issues around validity in Health Professions Education, and 3) working towards methodological innovations and translations to HPE contexts.


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