Workshop A: Cats, Sheep and Other Barnyard Animals: Exploring Professionalism and the Invisible Geography of Medical Education

In this workshop, we deploy the metaphors of barnyards, barnyard animals, and invisible geographies to explore the nature of medical education at the University of Toronto. Within the conceptual frameworks of medical socialization, power dynamics, the hidden curriculum, we will explore issues of student agency and how students develop skill sets to successfully navigate learning environments that sometimes can seem more about submission and conformity than critical thinking and authenticity. The workshop will be highly interactive and stress the student perspective. The bulk of the session will be devoted to exploring the "who"/"what" that is being training, and the "to what ends"/consequences of that training for a future workforce where physicians appear to be just-another-element of the health care provider landscape.

Dr. Fred Hafferty

Frederic W. Hafferty is Professor of Medical Education, Associate Director of the Program for Professionalism & Values, and Associate Dean for Professionalism, College of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He received his undergraduate degree in Social Relations from Harvard in 1969 and his Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from Yale in 1976. He is the author of "Into the Valley: Death and the Socialization of Medical Students" (Yale University Press); "The Changing Medical Profession: An International Perspective" (Oxford University Press), with John McKinlay; "Sociology and Complexity Science: A New Field of Inquiry" (Springer) with Brian Castellani, "The Hidden Curriculum in Health Professions Education" (Dartmouth College Press) with Joseph O'Donnell, "Understanding Professionalism" (Lange) with Wendy Levinson, Katherine Lucy, and Shiphra Ginsburg and "Place and Health as Complex Systems: A Case study and Empirical Test" (Springer) with Brian Castellani, Rajeev Rajaram, J. Galen Buckwalter and Michael Ball. He is past chair of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. He currently sits on the American Board of Medical Specialties standing committee on Ethics and Professionalism and the editorial board of Academic Medicine. Research focuses on the evolution of medicine’s’ professionalism movement, mapping social networks within medical education, the application of complexity theory to medical training, issues of medical socialization, and disability studies.

Dr. Tina Martimianakis

Dr. Maria Athina (Tina) Martimianakis is Associate Professor and Director of Medical Education Scholarship in the Department of Paediatrics, and Scientist and Associate Director International and Partnerships at the Wilson Centre, University of Toronto. Tina studies the material effects of discourse.  Currently she is researching how organizational practices associated with discourses of collaboration support or hinder the capacity of interprofessional teams to practice and learn together. Her previous work has explored the relationship between discourses of the hidden curriculum and humanism, the politics and effects of knowledge stratification in pain clinics, and the discourse of globalization and its relationship to medical competency. 

Dr. Mahan Kulasegaram

Dr. Kulamakan (Mahan) Kulasegaram is a Scientist at the Wilson Centre and the University of Toronto MD program. His is an Assistant Professor in the Office of Education Scholarship in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. His research focuses on how the experience of assessment can be aligned with cognitive processes that promote transfer of learning and clinical reasoning by students. His work examines educational assessment from both a measurement and learning perspective. His major area of research is use of educational data to create analytics to improve program improvement, identifying patterns of learning in students, and the validation of education tools and processes. His methodological expertise is experimental and epidemiological design as well as biostatistical/psychometric analysis.

Workshop B: Tips and Tricks for Short Term Research Projects

No time off for a research block? Graduation fast approaching? Want to start a quick side project? It's never too late to engage in some research despite time limitations. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started!

Dr. Keegan Guidolin

Keegan Guidolin is a second year resident in general surgery at the University of Toronto. He will be entering the Surgeon-Scientist Training Program in July 2019. His research will focus on device development to improve oncologic resections in colorectal cancer. He is always looking for new and innovative ways to teach and learn technical skills to be implemented in the operating room.

Dr. Han Yan

Han Yan is a second year resident in neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. Her main interests are in pediatric neurosurgery. She will pursue a PhD in clinical epidemiology during residency, and she has been keen in finding new ways to incorporate online and module learning to the neurosurgery curriculum.