Health Professions Educational Research Day (April 24th, 2019)
Education and the learner experience is a strategic priority for the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences (RFHS). To support this priority, the Health Professions Educational Research Day aims to highlight the educational research being conducted by faculty members, residents, and students in the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Rehabilitation Sciences and to provide an opportunity for educational researchers to network and further develop their research skills.

Call for Abstracts

We invite educational researchers in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations for research projects related to teaching and learning in the health professions from the past two years as well as work-in-progress.


  1. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words
  2. Please include the following:
    • Title and author names (indicate presenter in bold or italics)
    • Description of research problem and its relevance to teaching and learning in the health professions
    • Methods
    • Results or findings (if applicable); and/or next steps
  1. Please indicate whether you prefer an oral or poster presentation

Submission deadline is end of the day on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Posters are to be mounted in the Joe Doupe Concourse between 8:00 and 11:30 am, Wednesday, April 24th, 2019.

Please submit abstract(s) to Dr. Christen Rachul, Director of Research, RFHS Office of Educational & Faculty Development,

Research Day Events

Research day will be on Wednesday,  April 24th, 2019. The following activities have been planned for Health Professions Educational Research Day:

Tuesday, April 23rd

Research Workshop: Finding Your Research Identity in Health Professions Education

Making the leap from doing individual education research projects to building an education-based research program challenges many educators. Creating a profile as a health professions education researcher requires a vision, a plan to realize that vision, and a set of tools to execute that plan.  In this workshop, participants will learn how to assemble their research ideas and projects into a coherent program.  Through discussions with peers and mentorship from workshop facilitators, participants will develop and present an overarching vision for their research program.  They will then craft a plan for realizing that vision, including critically mining clinical, administrative, or teaching components of their current work for their potential to generate scholarship aligned with their vision.  A series of interactive activities will offer tools that can support developing a compelling research profile.

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to: 

  • Articulate their program of research in a compelling and persuasive ways
  • Identify opportunities to align “service work” with scholarship
  • Make choices about time, projects, and authorship that support the development of a research profile

Facilitator: Dr. Lara Varpio, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Time: 2:00-4:30pm

Location: 204 Brodie

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Wednesday, April 24th

Keynote Address: An Illustrated How-to-Guide for Developing a Program of Research in Health Professions Education (HPE): Mile markers, Methodologies, and Mindsets

Health professions educators often want to develop research or scholarship from their education-based activities. But skills, thought processes, and decisions that move an idea into a thoughtfully developed and coherent program of research are not often explicitly addressed. When should I do a literature review? Should it be a systematic review? Do I need to run a needs assessment? How do I know if I have a good research question? What kind of original data should I collect? Where is "good" data to be found? How do I know if I have enough data to publish? In this presentation, participants will be guided through the mile markers, methodologies, and mindsets that can help clinician educators develop a robust program of research in HPE. To ground these concepts, an example from the presenter's own body of research will be used illustrate the step-wise development that helps to launch a program of research in HPE.

Dr. Lara Varpio, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Location: Theatre A

Oral Presentations

Time: 1:00-2:30pm

Location: Theatre A

Poster Presentations and Reception

Time: 2:30-4:00pm

Location: Joe Doupe Concourse

  Dr. Lara Varpio is Professor of Medicine, and Associate Director of Research for the Health Professions Education graduate degree programs at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Dr. Varpio’s research uses qualitative methodologies and methods, integrated with theories from the Social Sciences and Humanities, to investigate questions relating to how individuals (e.g. clinicians, patients, researchers, etc.) collaborate and perform in teams and organizations.