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 2018 Hot Topics

We are who we are: So who are we? Musings on Professional Identity Formation

Drs. Sandra Jarvis-Selinger, Maria Hubinette & Kimberley MacNeil

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm


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



This session will consist of two parts. First, an overview of PIF including definition, key themes and theories in the PIF literature pertaining to HPE will be presented. Second, implications and applications of PIF in the practice of HP education leaders will be introduced. Participants are invited to discuss applicability to their practice, and share ideas about how we can move the conversation forward.


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

  1. Define professional identity formation
  2. Summarize main themes in the PIF literature (or perhaps key theories in PIF literature pertaining to med ed/HPE)
  3. Discuss applications and implications of PIF in the practice of HPE leadership


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 event 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 6.0 (1.5 per session) hours (credits are automatically calculated). This 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 6.0 (1.5 per session) Mainpro+ credits. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

Accredited by UBC CPD