Past What I’m Thinking About

A seminar series designed to promote questions and discussion, the What I’m Thinking About (WITA) monthly series centres around topics of interest to our CHES members and to the health professions education community at UBC. WITA is held on the first Tuesday of each month, from 12:00-1:30pm, with videoconference access to all distributed sites.

Sessions are structured around a particular topic or recently published paper, are facilitated by a moderator, and will usually include two to three short presentations of theoretical, research-based, or implementation findings before moving into discussion. Previous topics have included: simulation, feedback, governance, assessment, patient-centred care, self-regulated learning, social accountability, and transitions.

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Date Speaker Topic/Title
March 3, 2020 Andrea Gingerich, Kathleen Dalinghaus & Margo Wilson What Happens When We Think of Rural as Something More Than a Poorly Populated Urban Centre?
February 4, 2020 Jennifer Tam & Anneke van Enk Entrustment Scales and Competency Committees: Rethinking Legitimate Data and Sound Procedures for Assessment Decisions
January 7, 2020 Paul Rea & Claudia Krebs Integration of Emerging Media and Visualization Tools into Medical Education
December 3, 2019 Brett Schrewe & Sarah de Leeuw What’s in a Word: Exploring the Multiple Meanings of Humanism in Contemporary Healthcare and Health Professions Education
November 5, 2019 Deborah Butler & Ian Scott Should We Really Abandon Self-Assessment? The Importance of Self-Assessment from a “Self-Regulated Learning” Point of View
October 1, 2019 Carolyn Canfield, Cary Cuncic & Cheryl Holmes How does Patient Inclusion in Medical Learning Environments Shift the Patient, Learner and Attending Experience?
September 3, 2019 Glenn Regehr & Sue Murphy “She said…He said”: Negotiating Scholarly Collaborations When we have Different Ways of Knowing
June 4, 2019 Heather Buckley & Ingrid Price Is There Another Way of Looking at This? The Relationship Between Faculty Development & Educational Change
May 7, 2019 Maria Hubinette & Sandra Jarvis-Selinger Are We Just Spinning our Wheels? Harnessing the Lived Experiences of Inequity to Affect Change
April 2, 2019 Charles F. Shuler, Kavita Mathu-Muju & HsingChi von Bergmann Certainty vs. Uncertainty in Health Sciences Education
March 5, 2019 Laura Nimmon, Paris-Ann Ingledew & Carolyn Canfield Complexity from a Patient Perspective: Glimpses into Learning and Adapting to Bridge Gaps
December 4, 2018 Rose Hatala, Jennifer Tam & Joanna Bates Moving from Expert to Novice: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks
November 6, 2018 Andrea Gingerich & Tristen Gilchrist To Ask for Help or not to Ask for Help, that is an Important Entrustment Question
June 5, 2018 Joanna Bates, Maria Hubinette, Gurdeep Parhar & Ian Scott Workplace Culture: Diversity and Inclusivity
May 8, 2018 Deb Butler & Ian Scott How we (Dis/En)courage Learning
April 3, 2018 Laura Nimmon, Brett Schrewe Anneke van Enk & Surabhi Rawal Meaning Making
February 6, 2018 Samantha Stasiuk, Joanna Bates & Maria Hubinette Reflecting on Reflection
January 9, 2018 Kevin Eva, Renate Kahlke & Jon Ilgen Three Perspectives on how to Enrich Trainees’ Clinical Reasoning
December 5, 2017 Sandra Jarvis-Selinger, Cheryl Holmes & Kimberley MacNeil How Will We Know When We Get There? Musings on Professional Identity Formation in Health Professions Education
November 7, 2017 Maria Hubinette, Bob Bluman & Renate Kahlke Colleague, Coach, Teacher, Mentor, Assessor: Educational Dilemmas in the Health Professions
October 3, 2017 Glenn Regehr, Ian Scott & Brett Schrewe “Competence by design”, “Designing a new curriculum”: We understand (variably) competence and curriculum, but what do we mean by “design”?
September 5, 2017 Andrea Gingerich, Rose Hatala, Kimberly Luu & Courtney Broten Entrustment: What is it and what do we do with it?
June 6, 2017 Ian Scott & Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl Empathy decline in medical school: Should we care and if so how?
May 9, 2017 Ali Walzak, Joanna Bates, Brett Schrewe The Only Constant is Change: Transitions in Person, Place and Time
April 4, 2017 Deb Butler, Dan Pratt, Ryan Brydges, Rose Hatala, & Maria Hubinette Learning in/through Practice in the Health Professions:
What Does “Self-Regulated Learning” Have to Do With It?
March 7, 2017 Charmaine Ma and Nazlee Tabarsi & Luke Chen Threshold Concepts
February 7, 2017 Claudia Ruitenberg, Laura Nimmon, Maria Hubinette, Anneke van Enk & Glenn Regehr “Everybody is an Expert”: Medical authority in the age of crowdsourcing/networks
January 10, 2017 Angela Towle, Brett Schrewe and Laura Nimmon Patients in medical education
December 6, 2016 Rose Hatala, Stephane Voyer, Cary Cuncic, Glenn Regehr & Laura Farrell Feedback: Moving the Conversation Forward
November 1, 2016 Renate Kahlke, Maria Hubinette and Patricia Gerber Health Professionals and Health Advocacy: Discord and Debate
October 4, 2016 Rachel Ellaway, Maria Hubinette and Sevinj Asgarova Topic: Longitudinality and continuity in medical education