Special Edition of CHES Research Rounds

The Joanna Bates Lectureship

CHES’ founding director, Dr. Joanna Bates has worked tirelessly to build a robust community of scholarship, engagement, and mentorship. Building upon this immeasurable impact, we are pleased to announce this annual special edition of CHES Research Rounds which will feature a presentation from a CHES trainee, fellow, or student.
roona sinha

The Curriculum Bonsai – Balanced Growth, Reassessment and Pruning of the Curriculum

Roona Sinha, MD, MHPE

Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm*
*Please note this session will follow a celebratory reception to celebrate the graduation of over 25 CHES Clinical Educator Fellows! To RSVP, click here


  • Life Sciences Centre 1312 CMR* (host venue)
    *Please note the new location for Research Rounds
  • DHCC 2230
  • RJH CA 120
  • NHSC 9-374



The curriculum, like a bonsai tree not only requires careful planning but also, perhaps more importantly, involves regular feedback and reassessment of the curriculum. Management of the curriculum is one of the practical challenges every medical school faces. Maintaining educator excitement in being engaged in the curriculum and making appropriate changes must be carefully balanced against ensuring content is appropriate and no unnecessary redundancies or gaps are created. In this session we will discuss some of the principles behind the need to manage the curriculum and why these principles are important. We will also have the opportunity to outline various practices for curricular change and curricular review. Lastly, we will explore some of the challenges faced with change management and especially faculty buy-in when implementing curricular management processes.


Dr. Roona Sinha completed her undergraduate and medical school studies at the University of Ottawa. This was followed by a pediatrics residency at the University of Alberta and then fellowship training in pediatric hematology oncology at the University of British Columbia. During her time at UBC, she also obtained her Masters in Health Professions Education from Maastricht University through the support of the UBC Centre for Health Education Scholarship. She joined the University of Saskatchewan as Assistant Professor in January 2012.

In her MHPE thesis research project, Dr. Sinha examined the challenges faced by physicians at the time of transition to practice and why these challenges exist. This work highlighted issues related to the culture of medical training and practice in Canada as well as implications to help ease the process of transition to practice for future physicians. Stemming from this project she is now collaborating on an international study looking at cultural differences during the transition to practice period for physicians in different countries. She has also been very active in curriculum quality review activities at the University of Saskatchewan using scholarly lenses developed during her time at CHES.

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

RCPSC Accreditation

CHES Research Rounds 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.