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Journal Club 2012-2013

The Office of Health Sciences Education is pleased to present Faculty of Health Sciences Education Journal Club. The Journal Club will meet once a month, on the second Wednesday of every month in Bracken 121 from 8am - 9am.

Objectives of the Health Sciences Education Journal Club:

1)    To learn and practise critical appraisal skills with respect to health science education literature

2)    To use evidence based literature to guide our educational practice

3)    To keep up to date on current and relevant literature in health sciences education

4)    To stimulate an educational discussion for those engaged in health sciences education

5)    To provide an enriched social and learning environment for faculty engaged in health sciences education

2012-2013 Schedule:


September 12
             Casimiro Cabrera AbreuThe emergence of "Emotions" in medical education

Shapiro, J. (2011). Does medical education promote professional alexithymia? A call for attending to the emotions of patients and self in medical training. Acad Med, 86:326-332

Sokol, D.K. (2012). How to be a cool headed clinician. BMJ, 344:e3980doi:10.1136/bmje3980 (published 8 June, 2012).

Smajdor, A., Stockl, A., Salter, C. (2011). The limits of empathy: problems in medical education and practice. J Med Ethics, 37:380-383

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October 10     Michelle GibsonMedical students as teachersDandavino, M., Snell, L., & Wiseman, J. (2007). Why medical students should learn how to teach. Medical Teacher, 29:558-565

Harms Amorosa, J.M., Mellman, L.A., & Graham, M.J. (2011). Medical students as teachers: How preclinical teaching opportnities can create an early awareness of the role of physician as teacher. Medical Teacher, 33:137-144.

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November 14Mala JonejaUsing Critical Incidents in Medical EducationAckerman, A., Graham, M., Schmidt, H., Stern, D., Miller, S.Z. (2008). Critical events in the lives of interns. J Gen Intern Med 24(1): 27-32

Rademacher, R., Simpson, D., Marcdante, K. (2010). Critical incidents as a technique for teaching professionalism. Med Teach 32: 244-249

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December 12Lindsay DavidsonFaculty Development in Health Sciences Education, 2 approachesCalkins, S., Johnson, N., Light, G. (2012). Changing conceptions of teaching in medical faculty. Medical Teacher 34:902-906

Foster, K., Laurent, R. (2012). How we make good doctors into good teachers: A short course to support busy clinicians to improve their teaching skills. Medical Teacher 1-4, Early Online

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January 9Daniel Howes           Diagnosing the Resident in DifficultyAudetat, M., Laurin, S., Sanche, G., Beique, C., Carire Fon, N., Blais, J., Charlin, B. (2012). Clinical reasoning difficulties: A taxonomy for clinical teachers. Medical Teacher, Early Online: e1-e6

Remediation Guide

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February 13Shayna WatsonMedicine and the Other LiteratureJohannessen, H., Ousager, J. (2010). Humanities in Undergraduate Medical Education: A Literature Review. Academic Medicine. 85(6): 988-998.

Charon, R. (2010). Commentary: Calculating the Contributions of Humanities to Medical Practice – Motives, Methods, and Metrics. Academic Medicine. 85(6): 935-937

Bleakley, A., Marshall, R. (2013). Can the Science of Communication Inform the Art of the Medical Humanities? Medical Education. 47:126-133

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March 13Libby AlexanderHow to tell the "truth" in health sciences education: Expanding the possibilities of scholarshipRegehr, G. (2010). It's NOT rocket science: Rethinking our metaphors for research in health professions education. Medical Education. 44:31-39

Bunniss, S. & Kelly, D. (2010). Reserch paradigms in medical education research. Medical Education 44:358-366

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April 10Jennifer MacKenzieKnowing what they don't know: Medical students' ability to self-assessEva, K. W., Cunnington, J. P. W., Reiter, H. I., Keane, D. R., & Norman, G. R. (2004). How can I know what I don't know? Poor self-assessment in a well-defined domain. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 9, 211–224.

Langendyk, V. (2006). Not knowing that they do not know: Self-assessment accuracy of third-year medical students. Medical Education, 40, 173–179.

Blanch-Hartigan, D. (2011). Medical students' self-assessment of performance: Results from three meta-analyses. Patient Education and Counseling, 84, 3–9.

Sandars, J., & Cleary, T. J. (2011). Self-regulation theory: Applications to medical education: AMEE guide no. 58. Medical Teacher, 33, 875–886.

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May 8Henry AvernsAdmitting and Embracing our Aboriginal population in Medical SchoolsFlores, G., Gee, D., Kastner, B. (2000). The Teaching of Cultural Issues in U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools. Academic Medicine. 75:451-455

Reiter, H., Lockyer, J., Ziola, B., Courneya, C., Eva, K. (2012). Should Efforts in Favor of Medical Student Diversity be Focused During Admissions or Farther Upstream? Academic Medicine. 87:443-448

Moreau, K., Reiter, H., Eva, K.W. (2010). Comparison of Aboriginal and Nonaboriginal Applicants for Admissions on the Multiple Mini-Interview Using Aboriginal and Nonaboriginal Interviewers. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 18(1), 58-61

Lemay, J., Lockyer, J., Collin, V.T., Brownell, A.K.(2007). Assessment of non-cognitive traits through the admissions multiple mini-interview. Medical Education. 41:573-579

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June 12Cherie Jones-HiscockPeer Physical ExaminationWearn AM, Rees CE, Bradley P, Vnuk AK. (Dec. 2008). Understanding student concerns about peer physical examination using an activity theory framework. Med Educ.;42(12):1218-26.


McLachlan JC, White P, Donnelly L, Patten D.(2010). Student attitudes to peer physical examination: a qualitative study of changes in expressed willingness to participate. Med Teach.  32(2):e101-5.


Reid KJ, Kgakololo M, Sutherland RM, Elliott SL, Dodds AE. (2012, Medical Education Unit, Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne,Victoria, Australia ). First-year medical students' willingness to participate in peer physical examination.Teach Learn Med. 24(1):55-62.


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