The Joanna Bates Lectureship

Net Worth of the Network: The Value of Relationships in Learning in Faculty Development (and Beyond)

Heather Buckley, MD

Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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Faculty development is increasingly important in health professions education. In recent years, its conceptualization has broadened from an individual skills training activity to more contemporary notions of a social organizational model that recognizes the important roles of relationships and networks as mediators of knowledge. Although these conceptual advancements are critical, we have lacked empirical evidence and therefore robust insights into how these networks function to shape learning in faculty development in the health professions. My presentation will describe a study that employed a qualitative social network approach to explore how teaching faculty’s relationships influenced their learning about teaching. I will also broaden the conversation to include other insights about learning and teaching garnered over the past year when means of face to face connection were absent, yet many relationships were still able to flourish in the virtual space.


Dr. Heather Buckley is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She graduated with her medical degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Buckley recently completed the Clinical Educator Fellowship Program at the UBC Center for Health Education Scholarship; during that time she also completed a Masters of Health Professions Education from Maastricht University. She has a special interest in the area of faculty development, and holds a leadership position on the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (VFMP) Faculty Development Team.

Dr. Buckley is also the Portfolio Pillar Lead, Student Assessment Unit, UGME (Undergraduate Medical Education) at UBC. She has also actively supported the teaching and examination requirements of students in VFMP for the past 15 years, and has been acknowledged for her contributions, most recently including the inaugural Dr. Richard Wadge Teaching Award in 2019 and the AFMC Award for Outstanding Contribution to Faculty Development in Canada in 2020.

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.