CHES Day 2017

2022 CHES Celebration of Scholarship

The Centre for Health Education Scholarship will host the 12th annual CHES Celebration of Scholarship on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at The University of British Columbia’s Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. We are pleased to return to an in-person conference offering in 2022!

To ensure the safety of our attendees, we will continue to follow the orders of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO). Should regulations or restrictions related to COVID-19 change prior to our event, we may consider other meeting formats including virtual or hybrid models. While we strongly recommend attending the Celebration of Scholarship in-person, for those unable to, we will provide the opportunity for virtual participation through live streaming of our Gordon Page Invited Lecture and Closing Plenary sessions.

Call for Abstracts   Call for Round Tables

This event is an opportunity for the CHES community to showcase and share their work and celebrate the accomplishments of the health professions education scholarship network. To reference last year’s program, click here.

Plenary Speakers

Gordon Page Invited Lecture

Dr. Jo Shapiro, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Biography: Dr. Jo Shapiro is an associate professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Harvard Medical School. She is Principal Faculty for the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston and a Consultant for the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Anesthesia, Pain and Critical Care.

In 2008, she founded the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Professionalism and Peer Support where she served as the director for over 10 years. During that time the Center became a model for national and international institutions seeking methods to enhance a culture of trust and respect and improve clinician wellbeing. She continues to educate and assist organizations in developing specific programmatic and educational approaches such as peer support, wellbeing programs, professionalism initiatives, and conflict management.

She served as chair of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the American Board of Medical Specialties and has held multiple educational leadership roles including: senior associate director of Graduate Medical Education for Mass General Brigham, Founding Scholar of the Academy at Harvard Medical School, and president of the Society of University Otolaryngologists. She was one of BWH’s first woman division chiefs. She serves on the faculty of the Harvard Leadership Development for Physicians and Scientists where she teaches giving difficult feedback. She was a faculty member of the Department of Surgery at BWH for over 35 years; her surgical expertise was in treating adults with oropharyngeal dysphagia. She was named as a finalist for the Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award. In 2019, Harvard Medical School gave her the Shirley Driscoll Dean’s Award for the Enhancement of Women’s Careers.

Closing Plenary

Dr. Shannon Waters, Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Island Health Authority

Biography: Dr. Shannon Waters is Coast Salish and a member of Stz’uminus First Nation on Vancouver Island. She completed the First Nations Family Practice program at the University of British Columbia and worked as a family doctor in Duncan, BC. While honored to work close to home Shannon became frustrated with seeing people mostly when they were unwell and wanted to focus on keeping people healthy in the first place so she returned to school and completed her specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Shannon worked as the Director of Health Surveillance at First Nations and Inuit Health Branch and, at First Nations Health Authority as the Acting Senior Medical Officer for Vancouver Island Region. She has worked with Vancouver Island Health Authority as a Medical Director and with the Ministry of Health as the Aboriginal Physician Advisor. She is currently honored to have come full circle and to be working in her home territory as the local Medical Health Officer with Island Health.


CHES is committed to and strives to create a respectful and inclusive environment. The event venue is wheelchair accessible and accessible parking is available, please see here for more details. If you require dietary, physical, or other accessibility accommodations, please contact