Hot Topics in Health Professions Education

A seminar series for educational leaders and those who teach, the Hot Topics in Health Professions Education sessions are designed to provide attendees educational foundations in: pedagogical evidence, areas of controversy, and emerging ideas in health professions education. Hot Topics in HPE are held on the fourth Tuesday of every other month, from 12:00-1:30pm, with videoconference access to all distributed sites.

Examples of topics may include: theories of learning, identity formation, competency-based curriculum, clinical decision-making, feedback, assessment, and much more!

While these sessions are a component of the Educators Leadership Program (ELP), the Hot Topics in HPE series is open to CHES members, the health professions education community at UBC, and anyone else who is interested in health professions education.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the foundational elements of teaching and learning that supports this hot topic.
  2. Discuss how this hot topic has or could be applied to their educational leadership setting/context.

For questions, feedback, topic and/or presenter suggestions, or to request a calendar invite to Hot Topics in Health Professions Education, please contact:

November 2019 Hot Topics

The Science of Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age: Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, Digital Refugees

Dr. Ian Scott

Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm


  • LSC 1312 (host venue)
  • DHCC 2262
  • CWH SHY F414
  • NHSC 9-374
  • RJH CA 011

Remote Access: Additional access options are available. Please email to request remote access.

Evaluation form: If you attended this session, click here to complete the evaluation form.


  1. Describe why the multitasking digital native is a myth
  2. Describe the Multimedia Model of Learning and its implications for teaching
  3. Outline the challenges that cognitive capacity and cognitive load have for learning


There is a long and deep research base of best practices that outline how technology can support and detract from learning. In this session the evidence supporting appropriate technology use in the classroom and clinical setting will be explored.

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 9 (1.5 per session) Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity.

RCPSC Accreditation

Hot Topics in Health Professions Education 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.