CHES Celebration of Scholarship

CHES Day 2017

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2024
at The University of British Columbia’s Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.

The Centre for Health Education Scholarship is pleased to host the 14th annual CHES Celebration of Scholarship on October 2, 2024! 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.

Click here to reference the 2023 CHES Celebration of Scholarship event program. More details of the 2024 program to be released soon.


Abstract and Round Table & Workshop Submissions are now OPEN! Deadline to submit is June 28, 2024 at 11:59 PM PST.


Plenary Speakers

Gordon Page Invited Lecture

Thirusha Naidu, PhD
Clinical Psychologist & Associate Professor, Department of Nursing and Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow, Public Health & Family Medicine, University of Cambridge

Biography: Dr. Thirusha Naidu is an Associate Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Clinical Psychologist practicing in the public health context in South Africa. She is a descendant of indentured slaves displaced in the service of colonialism. A woman of colour, Dr. Naidu grew up and was trained as a professional psychologist in apartheid era South Africa. Her research approach references critical and theoretical perspectives on health and health professions education through decolonial and feminist theories. Inspired to give voice and make space for women of colour in research and health, she uses research poetry as a method for deep reflexivity to document, present, and illustrate experiences and research findings. Her clinical work focuses on psychotherapy for severe mental disorders and the mental health of health care workers. Dr. Naidu’s research focus areas include mental health medical education and global health in the contexts of mental health and infectious diseases (HIV and MDR-TB, FGS etc.). 






Title: Settler Colonial Spectres in Global Health Professions Education, Training, and Scholarship

Abstract: It has been established that medical education research and scholarship is shaped by colonially founded epistemology. Less attention has been focused on how a history of colonialism continues to manifest in health professions education training and scholarship in settler colonial and previously colonized countries. Concentrating on countries previously colonized by the British Empire, I explore contexts and expressions of settler colonialism in medical education. I explore the effects of colonialism on the future of global health professions, global migration patterns of health professionals, and the implications of globally diverse training and accreditation criteria in the health professions.

Closing Plenary

Dzung X. Vo, MD, FAAP, FSAHM
Head, Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Director, BC Children’s Hospital Centre for Mindfulness

Biography: Dr. Dzung X. Vo is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor, and Head of the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, at BC Children’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the co-founder and Director of the BC Children’s Hospital Centre for Mindfulness, which has the vision of nurturing Mindful Community, Compassionate Care. Dr. Vo earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Vo is the author of The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time. Dr. Vo also developed the Mindful Healing course for health care providers, drawing on the work of Ron Epstein, Michael Krasner, and others, to help professionals cultivate their own mindfulness, compassion, and resilience so that they can be of the most service as healers. Dr. Vo is also interested in health disparities, cultural competence, and the health of structurally marginalized youth.






Jillian Lin, MD
Pediatrics Resident Physician, UBC Pediatrics PGY-3

Biography: Dr. Jillian Lin is a third-year pediatrics resident at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Lin earned their medical degree from UBC, and a master’s degree in biotechnology from the University of Toronto. Prior to medicine, they contributed to the development of targeted therapies and point-of-care biomarker tests. Since their medical career, they have shown passion towards the humanities of medicine. Dr. Lin started the Bhutan Health Project with UBC Global Health Initiatives, focusing on youth mental health and cultural sensitivity through collaboration with local partners. Their volunteer work in palliative care, crisis centre, and suicide line strengthened their understanding of compassionate care. Outside of work, Dr. Lin is interested in oriental philosophies such as Taoism and Buddhism, and has practiced mindfulness since medical school, using it as a tool to navigate challenges and maintain well-being.





Title: The Mindful Health Care Trainee

Abstract: Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and with unconditional love” (modified from J Kabat-Zinn). The field of mindfulness-based interventions is currently exploding. Mindfulness-based interventions are showing promise for health care providers for self-care, management, and prevention of burnout and secondary trauma, and optimal clinical and workplace communication. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Vo will share practical mindfulness exercises that health providers can use in their clinical practices and personal self-care strategies; describe the Mindful Healing course that he has been leading for UBC Pediatric Residents for the past four years (based on the Mindful Practice work developed by Epstein and Krasner et al), and share mindfulness resources for youth, families, and professionals. Dr. Jillian Lin (UBC Pediatrics PGY-3) hopes to offer a firsthand account on how they integrated mindfulness into their training experience as a pediatrics resident. Through personal reflection and experiential learning, Jillian navigated the challenges of pediatric residency with increased resilience and presence, ultimately fostering a deeper connection with patients and colleagues.


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

Accredited by UBC CPD

2023 CHES Celebration of Scholarship: The Division of Continuing Professional Development, University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Continuing Medical Education Accreditation Committee (CACME) to provide CPD credits for physicians. This activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by UBC CPD. You may claim a maximum of 6.25 hours (credits are automatically calculated). This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 6.25 Mainpro+® credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity. CFPC Session ID: 198088-001.