September 2023 Joanna Bates Lectureship

The Impact of a Single Drop of Water: A Scholarly Approach to Identify Factors Impacting Medical Student Career Selection

Paris-Ann Ingledew

Clinical Professor
Undergraduate Education Director, Division of Radiation Oncology
Department Head, Radiation Oncology,
British Columbia Cancer Agency (BCCA) – Vancouver Centre

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Hybrid: Life Sciences Centre 1001 & Zoom*

To kick-off the 2023-2024 Cutting Edge Speaker Series, if you are on the UBC campus on September 12, we invite you to please join us for some light refreshments and networking starting at 11:30am in the Life Sciences Centre Room 1001.

Zoom Details: For connection details, please email


With an increasing incidence and prevalence of cancer it is essential to maintain a stable pool of trainees to meet population needs. However, as with many specialties, applications to radiation oncology residency programs have waxed and waned through the past decade and for several years there was an increasing number of unfilled positions. While tempting to haphazardly implement interventions to increase specialty interest, taking a stepwise scholarly approach was deemed essential to create a stable foundation.

This presentation will describe the development of a program of research designed to identify enabling factors and barriers impacting medical student interest in a specialty. Mapping findings to established conceptual frameworks allowed for subsequent purposeful interventions and evaluation of these. The conversation will expand to the value of longitudinal mentorship and the impact of relationships on learners and how this scholarly approach could be used in other training programs.


Dr Paris-Ann Ingledew is a CHES clinical education fellowship alumnus. She completed her Master’s in Health Professions Education (MHPE) at the University of Illinois Chicago and Dr. Joanna Bates was integral to her pursuit of Medical Education as a career path.

She is a Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Surgery and the Department Head for Radiation Oncology at BC Cancer-Vancouver. Dr Ingledew is also the Undergraduate Division Director for Radiation Oncology & Developmental Radiotherapeutics in the Department of Surgery helping with oncology education during the surgical clerkship. She has contributed to setting national standards for training medical students in oncology and is the lead for a website used nationally and internationally in over 172 countries, With respect to resident education, she is the Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Radiation Oncology Specialty Committee and is actively involved in Competence by Design. Her current research interests are focused on the physician competencies related to patient education and projects related to oncology education in the undergraduate medical setting.

Accredited by UBC CPD

The Division of Continuing Professional Development, University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Continuing Medical Education Accreditation Committee (CACME) to provide CPD credits for physicians. This one-credit-per-hour 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 15 Mainpro+® credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity. CFPC Session ID: 200716-001.

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.