Cutting Edge Speaker Series

CHES is proud to host a monthly session of the Cutting Edge Speaker Series on the second Tuesday of each month from 12:00-1:30pm, with virtual connections available to all distributed sites. Presenters will be drawn from our internal UBC community, as well as external institutions. Depending on the month, the Cutting Edge Speaker Series will vary in a rotation of three different speaking genres:

  • The What I’m Thinking About is designed to promote questions and discussion around a specific topic relevant to health professions education. Each session is facilitated by a moderator, and will usually include two to three short presentations of theoretical, research-based, or implementation findings before moving into group questions and discussion.
  • The Invited Speaker Rounds are focused to present a critical examination of current topics of interest in health professions education research. Each session will feature an invited local or international speaker, who will present their program of scholarship, with audience questions and discussion to follow.
  • The Joanna Bates Lectureship will feature a presentation from a CHES trainee, fellow, student, or alumni in recognition of the legacy of CHES’ founding director, Dr. Joanna Bates.

Learning Objectivesby the end of each session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and challenge current thinking in a particular area of health education scholarship.
  • Relate concepts explored to their local educational context for the purpose of improving education practices and informing educational innovations.
  • Relate concepts or insights explored to their own scholarship.

If you have a suggestion for a topic or presenter, please contact

December 2023 What I’m Thinking About

Unravelling the complexities of teacher motivation from the perspectives of teachers, learners, and leadership: Implications for teacher engagement and recruitment

Katherine Wisener

PhD Candidate, Health Professions Education, Maastricht University
Associate Director, Faculty Development,
Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Hybrid: Life Sciences Centre 1312 CMR & Zoom*

Zoom Details: For connection details, please email


The recruitment and retention of teachers in health professions education is challenging and creates a significant amount of stress and pressure on programs to mitigate. Implementing incentives and strategies that ought to support those who teach can backfire if not delivered carefully, often unintentionally worsening the problem. For example, teaching awards, financial stipends, and feedback from learners can create perceptions of undervalue when they are impersonal, inequitable, inefficient, or poorly framed. In this presentation, I will highlight the perspectives of teachers themselves, the learners they teach, and those in educational leadership roles who supervise teachers in order to offer a holistic view of the complexities, unintended consequences, and nuanced perspectives in an attempt to elucidate helpful insight into how teachers may be better supported. The goal of this presentation is to further our understanding around how HPE teachers’ motivations can be optimized to recruit, support and retain teachers while reinforcing their engagement with, and dedication to, teaching.


Katherine Wisener (she/her/hers) is the Associate Director for Faculty Development in the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine in Vancouver, Canada. She is currently completing her PhD in Health Professions Education at Maastricht University, and received her MA degree in Educational Psychology at UBC. Her PhD is focused on how health professions education programs can support those who teach medical students and residents, with the goal of improving recruitment, engagement and retention of clinical teachers. In her faculty development role, she works to provide administrative and program leadership for faculty development efforts across undergraduate, postgraduate, and health professions contexts in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine.

Accredited by UBC CPD

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 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 15 Mainpro+® credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity. CFPC Session ID: 200716-001.

RCPSC ACCREDITATION: The CHES Cutting Edge Speaker Series 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.