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Third Medical Education Scholarship Forum

The third Medical Education Scholarship Forum will be held on December 1, 2015 in the new Medical Education Centre. To register go to the PDCS Registration Page. More details are found on the Forum Page.

Funding Opportunity

We currently have a call for proposals for Scholarly Projects in Medical Education. The deadline for application is November 6, 2015.

Previous Feature Highlight

The Program Evaluation Sub-Committee (PESC) at Memorial University of Newfoundland is the evaluation oversight committee for the undergraduate medical program. To improve the comprehensiveness of the process, a new course evaluation strategy was implemented in 2005 to ensure, not only that all courses were evaluated by students, but that results were reviewed by course chairs, and distributed to instructors. This poster was developed to provide the outline of the new process as well as provides some preliminary results.



CCME 2013

Faculty, staff and residents represented Memorial University at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) in April 2013. Presentations include:

  • Professionalism and Reflective Practice: Preparing and Mentoring Students to Engage in High-Quality Narrative Self-Assessment - Susan O'Leary and Diana Deacon (Workshop)
  • Evaluation of a Hybrid Peer-Teaching Strategy for Undergraduate Medical Microbiology - Peter Daley, Jacinta Reddigan, Amanda Clarke and Steve Shorlin (Poster)

First Annual Medical Education Scholarship Forum

The Faculty of Medicine’s First Annual Medical Education Scholarship Forum will be held Nov. 22, 2012 at R. Gushue Hall. You are invited to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or poster. Submissions may focus on undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education/continuing professional development. 

Eligibility for abstract submissions is:

• The content of each abstract you develop is unique.
• You (first person listed on abstract) verify that all co-presenter(s), (if applicable), consent to be included on the abstract.
• You and your co-presenter(s), (if applicable), are able and willing to present at any time during the day of the forum.
• You and your co-presenter(s), (if applicable), plan to register for, attend, and present at the forum.
• You and your co-presenter(s), (if applicable), are able to pay all expenses to present at and attend the forum (i.e., preparing and copying of presentation materials, travel, hotel, etc.).

Oral presentations will be allotted 15 minutes for both presentation and discussion time. Posters will be available for viewing throughout the day.

Please prepare your abstract according to the following guidelines.  Accepted abstracts will be printed as submitted in the forum program.
• Full Title – The full title of your abstract
• Authors 
• Author 1 –  Last name, first name
• Author 2 –  Last name, first name
• Author 3 –  Last name, first name
• Discipline / division of each author (if different from the first author)
• Body of abstract
Organize the body of the abstract to include the following:
• Background, statement of the problem or introduction
• Objective(s)
• Methods used
• Results obtained
• Conclusion(s)
The body of the abstract is not to exceed to 350 words.

Synopsis – A two or three sentence summary of abstract to be used for program promotion
Disclosure Statement – Include any involvement with industry or other organizations that may potentially influence the presentation of educational material.  Include any sources of funding for any projects that form the basis of your presentation.

Abstracts will be received by the Medical Education Scholarship Centre (MESC) via e-mail at You will be sent an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your submission.  Abstracts will be reviewed for appropriate content by the Academic Council of the centre.  Notification of acceptance and schedule information will be forwarded to you by September 2012.

The Anesthesia residents' reflective portfolio project (a MESC collaboration) was featured in the October 14th symposium on Medical Professionalism. Read the story here.

The following presentations were made by Memorial University faculty and staff at ICRE 2012 in Ottawa October 18 - 20, 2012.
  • Using the portfolio to foster reflective practice through formative assessment of the CanMEDS Professional Role: Preparing residents for the competent-to-expert milestone. S. O'Leary, D. Deacon, A. Major. (Nominated as a Top 5 "What Works" paper session)
  • A faculty development program for a simulation-based anesthesia curriculum using the Debriefing Assessment for Simulation in Healthcare (DASH). N. O'Regan.
  • Implementation of a new faculty evaluation form for postgraduate training: Faculty perceptions. A. Samarasena, S. Peters, J. Reddigan, S. Shorlin, J. Rourke.

Workshop: "Getting Started on a Clinical Teaching Dossier" (May 30, 2012)

The Medical Education Scholarship Centre (MESC) and Distance Education and Learning and Teaching Support (DELTS) are offering a workshop: “Getting Started on a Clinical Teaching Dossier”. Following the Promotion and Tenure Criteria for clinical faculty, the Teaching Dossier Framework developed by DELTS for non-clinical faculty, and advice from P&T committee members in the Faculty of Medicine, this workshop will present a framework for presenting one’s teaching in a dossier relevant to clinical faculty members. Participants will hear suggestions on

  • getting started
  • what to document and keep as evidence of good teaching and scholarly work
  • how to be most successful in demonstrating excellence under the “Scholarship of Education” pillar for promotion and tenure.
The facilitators Steve Shorlin (MESC) and Allyson Hajek (DELTS) are experienced in faculty development, educational scholarship and teaching dossier development in and out of the Faculty of Medicine.

Location: Health Sciences Centre, Room 2J619

Date: May 30, 2012 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

To register, please email

April 18, 2012

Diana Deacon and Andrew Major presented paper at CCME 2012
MESC staff member, Diana Deacon, and Anesthesia faculty member, Andrew Major, made an oral presentation at CCME in April 2012. Their work was titled “Reflection is terrific…as long as it’s not self-flagellation!”: Introducing a reflective portfolio to foster and assess non-Medical Expert CanMEDS roles in an anesthesia residency program", a project completed with Susan O'Leary and Chris Jenkins.

March 9, 2012

Memorial University's Faculty of Medicine represented at CCME 2012
Faculty, staff and residents will be giving presentations at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education in Banff, April 2012. Good luck to all attendees.

Poster: Residents As Teachers: A Survey of Family Medicine Residents.  Victor Ng, Clarissa Burke, Genevieve Cote, Archna Gupta, Amna Karabegovic, David Lapierre, Scott MacLean, Colin Newman, Josh Tracey, Trevor Trinh.

Oral: Lost in Translation? The representation of educational scholarship in promotion policies and processes across Canadian medical schools.  Elaine Van Melle, Vernon Curran, Mark Goldszmidt, Susan Lieff, Jocelyn Lockyer, Christina St. Onge.

August 1, 2012 (Deadline for Abstract Submission)

Call for abstracts for First Annual Medical Education Scholarship Forum
The Faculty of Medicine’s First Annual Medical Education Scholarship Forum will be held Nov. 22, 2012 at R. Gushue Hall. For details on how to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation, please see the main announcement

Memorial University's Faculty of Medicine represented at 15th Annual Ottawa Conference in Kuala Lumpur
Faculty and staff from Memorial will be presenting workshops at the 15th annual Ottawa Conference in Kuala Lumpur March 9-13 2012. The two workshops are listed below. Good luck to all!
Workshop: The International Medical University Partnership: Lessons from a 20-year programme of international medical education and workforce development. J. Chow, M. Boohan, A. Carmichael, V. Lim, S. Peters.
Workshop: Curriculum Renewal: A Tale of Two Cities. S. Peters, M. Wells, P. Hansen, J. Barrett, S. Pennell, D. Davies, J. Kidd. 

February 15, 2012

Abstract deadlines for upcoming medical education conferences:
Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) conference - March 12, 2012 for short communications, conference workshops, poster, Secrets of Success and Fringe abstracts.
International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) - March 9, 2012 for oral and poster presentation abstracts.

September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012

Dr. Christopher Martin is the successful candidate for the Arts Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2011-12. Chris’s postdoctoral research proposal is entitled “Conceptualizing professional education for the public good: resituating the role of the humanities in medical education.” He will be supervised by Dr. Jim Connor who is cross-appointed with the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Medicine.

March 7, 2011

Effective immediately, applications for ethics approval of research involving medical education or other education-related research questions will be reviewed by the  Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research (ICEHR).

After deliberation and discussion with ICEHR, the Human Investigation Committe has decided that ICEHR has the most appropriate expertise to review education based research questions. Effective immediately, researchers will be expected to make application directly to ICEHR using ICEHR application forms and consent form templates. In the interim period, so as not to have researchers  incur additional workload, any medical education applications already in progress for submission to Human Investigation Committee can continue to use the HIC forms, if the researcher finds this easier.  Those applications will be forwarded by HIC to the ICEHR committee. Researchers will be notified of this transfer to ICEHR by the HIC office. For  this transition period until June 01, 2011 ICEHR are prepared to accept submission made on HIC forms.

For information and to get documents related to an ICEHR application please go to

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