CAME Webinars

Faculty Development and the Centre for Health Education Scholarship invite you to join us for a CAME webinar session, designed to bring practical, evidence-and experience-based advice to Canadian health educators.

The webinars are delivered by CAME and offer an exciting opportunity to engage online with an expert and with colleagues in a live discussion on a key topic in health professions education.

The overall aims of the webinar series are to enable Canadian health educators to:

  • list some contemporary challenges and solutions in health education
  • consider how these solutions may be useful in their education/teaching activities

CAME Webinar: Learning by Concordance: Thinking on Authentic Tasks with Automated Feedback from a Panel of Experienced Professionals

Presenter: Dr. Bernard Charlin

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM (includes 10 – 15 minute Q&A)

Remote Attendance: Individuals can attend the session via their own computer. Click here to register. You may register for the event right up until the date of the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Faculty Development.


Bernard Charlin is Professor within the department of Surgery at the University of Montreal. He has been trained as a head and neck surgeon in Montpellier, France. He holds a Master degree in Education from Harvard University and a PhD in Education from the University of Maastricht. He belongs to CPASS (Centre de pédagogie appliquée aux sciences de la santé) His research field is reasoning in context of uncertainty (theory, acquisition, assessment). He has written or co-written more than 100 papers in the peer reviewed scientific literature. He received from The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2015 the Duncan Graham award for outstanding contribution to medical education and in 2018 the Innovation price from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.


Expertise in the professions involves reasoning and acting appropriately in multiple professional situations involving complexity and uncertainty. In front of a patient, clinicians generate options (diagnostic, investigative or treatment) and evaluate iteratively the effect that the new information has on the hypotheses or options.

Learning by concordance (LbC) is an online training modality that places participants in a simulated context and solicits micro-judgments on questions that authentically reflect those posed by professionals in their practice.

Vignettes are deliberately short. They do not contain all the data needed to solve a case. Each question has three parts:
(1) a clinical case, described in a vignette accompanied or not by multimedia material;
(2) an option relevant to the case;
(3) a new information.

The task for the participant is to decide the impact that new information has on the option presented. These micro-judgments are compared to those of a panel of experienced practitioners placed in the same simulated context, having previously answered the same questions and having justified their answers. These answers and justifications are provided to learners after each question. A summary of key messages, including hyperlinks to other educational resources, is provided at the end of the cases. Here is an example of the question format from sports medicine training.

Clinical vignette
Mrs F, 40, complains of a pain in her right buttock that has been hindering her for 3 months in her professional activity (office) and sports activities. She runs 2 times a week for an hour.

If you were thinking of… And then you find… The effect on your hypothesis is
ankylosing spondylitis she tells you that the pain wakes her up in the morning Strongly negative
That doesn’t change anything
Strongly positive
Sciatica the pain increases with cough Strongly negative
That doesn’t change anything
Strongly positive

After being confronted with questions that they are likely to encounter in their practice, participants get two sources of automated feedback:
1) The answers of the panelists,
2) The explanations given by the panelists to justify their answers and then detailed information and then key messages about the topic overall.

The tool is a powerful means of learning that applies both to initial training and continuing education.