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, or student 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

November 2021 What I’m Thinking About

Place and Learning in Context



Professor of Medical Education, Associate Dean
School of Medicine, Western Sydney University

Tagrid Yassine, MEd, BA
Organisational Learning

PhD student, Translational Health Research Institute,
Western Sydney University Australia

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Zoom ID: For connection details, please email


“Context matters in medical education” – is often invoked to defend educational innovation and research that might be seen as lacking transferability and generalisability. Yet context itself and how it works is rarely the subject of research and scholarship. Context does matter; distributed medical education, transnational medical programs and the ongoing disruption to traditional models of clinical placements are all opportunities to advance scholarship that is contextualised to place.

Recent thinking by Bates and colleagues have sought to unpack what context means, using selection and CBME as exemplars of contextualisation. This presentation draws upon critical theories of place from different disciplines to question discourses of deficit and standardisation, explore our recent research findings, and invite discussion on how place and context is experienced in learning and teaching medicine.

Biography: Wendy Hu

Wendy became a medical education scholar and researcher after a career(s) in family medicine, clinical research, medical administration and education leadership in community and tertiary hospital settings. Her research uses qualitative, mixed and participatory approaches to examine student selection and support, careers and organisational cultures in medical education.

Wendy serves on the UME and residency accreditation bodies for Australia, New Zealand and China, chairs the peak committee for UME selection testing in Australia and New Zealand, and currently collaborates with scholars in Sri Lanka, Vietnam, The Netherlands – and rural Australia. Wendy’s experiences in diverse contexts have propelled the current work on place and context.

Biography: Tagrid Yassine

Health professional curriculum has been a focus of Tagrid’s work since 2009. She has worked largely with universities, but also with the New South Wales Department of Health, as well as medical colleges, to develop and renew health curricula at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her current doctoral research is focused on how ‘place’ is constructed, represented and experienced in medical education by both educators and students.

Accredited by UBC CPD

The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 15.0 Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity. CFPC Session ID#: 195173-001.

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.