OEFD/RFHS educational research and evaluation

Current projects

Members of the OEFD team are involved in collaborative research with members from many of the colleges in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and other institutions. Some of our current and recent projects include:

Research projects

Analysis of Assigned Studies in Undergraduate Medical Education

            Principal Investigator: Christen Rachul

            Co-Investigator: Benjamin Collins

Developing a Common Curriculum in Health Professions Education Focused on Patient Safety: A Qualitative Systematic Review

            Principle Investigator: Helen Mawdsley

            Co-Investigators: Joanne Hamilton, Ingrid Toews

Developing a Culture of Research in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences

            Principal Investigator: Jacquie Ripat

            Co-Investigators: Christen Rachul, Joanne Hamilton, Reg Urbanowski

From Novice to Expert: Exploring the Relationship Between Clinical Reasoning and Documentation Skills in Medical Students, Residents, and Family Physicians

            Principal Investigators: Christen Rachul and Teresa Cavett

            Co-Investigator: Luke Sadler

Improving Narrative Feedback for Resident-led Academic Rounds: The Effects of Evaluation Form Design Changes

            Principal Investigator: Sara Courtis

            Co-Investigators: Wil Fleisher, Sarah Fotti, Christen Rachul

Representation of Family Medicine in Preclerkship Clinical Cases: Missed Opportunities?

            Principal Investigator: Amanda Condon

            Co-Investigators: Francis Diaz, Sasha Thiem, Anita Ens

Social Justice and Health Equity in the Teaching & Learning Environment: Perspectives of Academic Leaders in Health Profession Programs

            Principal Investigator: Benita Cohen

            Co-Investigators: Debra Beach-Ducharme, Moni Fricke, Alan Katz, Laura MacDonald, 
            Donna Martin, Christen Rachul, Gayle Restall, Dana Turcotte

            Funder: Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research

Survey of Employers’ Perceptions of College of Pharmacy Graduates

            Principal Investigator: Ruby Grymonpre

            Co-Investigators: Stephanie Giberson-Kirby, Tanya Walsh, Renaud R, Vercaigne L, 
            Louizos C, Drummond K, Zelenitsky S, Skwarek, L.

The State of the Union: Mapping Evolving Professional Stereotypes and Clinical Reasoning of Pharmacy and Medicine Students in a Time of Regulatory Upheaval (Project at University of Toronto)

            Principal Investigator: Elise Paradis (U of T)

            Co-Investigators: Kulamakan Kulasegaram (U of T), Christen Rachul

Utilizing the Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model for the Remediation of Practicing Physicians

            Principal Investigator:  Ingrid Toews

            Co-Investigator: Joanne Hamilton

Evaluation projects

Evaluation of the UGME Program with a CIPP (Context, Input, Processes, Product) Model

            Principal Investigators: Helen Mawdsley and Shaundra Popowich

            Co-Investigators: PEC at UGME

Evaluation of Undergraduate Medical Education Renewed Curriculum

            Principal Investigator: Joanne Hamilton

            Co-Investigators: Christen Rachul, Keevin Bernstein, Ira Ripstein, Helen Mawdsley, 
            Benjamin Collins

Realist Evaluation of Competence By Design in Postgraduate Medical Education

            Principal Investigator: Christen Rachul

            Co-Investigators: Joanne Hamilton, Helen Mawdsley, Ingrid Toews, 
            Ming-Ka Chan, Ganesh Srinivasan

            Funder: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program Evaluation

            Principal Investigator: Ian Jones

            Co-Investigators: Joanne Hamilton, Helen Mawdsley, Christen Rachul

Principles-Focused Evaluation of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program

            Principal Investigators: Helen Mawdsley and Ruby Grymonpre

            Co-Investigators: Kaarina Kowalec, Lavern Vercaigne, Robert Renaud,
            Yuewn Gong, Hope Anderson

Principles-Focused Evaluation of the Master of Physical Therapy Program

            Principal Investigators: Helen Mawdsley and Liz Harvey

            Co-Investigators: Barb Shay, Nancy Ryan-Arbez, Mark Garrett, 
            Brian MacNeil, Sandra Webster

Principles-Focused Evaluation of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program

            Principal Investigators: Helen Mawdsley and Ian Jones

Utilization-Focused Program Evaluation of the Master of Occupational Therapy Program

            Principal Investigators: Helen Mawdsley and Gayle Restall

            Co-Investigators: PEC Committee at OT


Selected publications by OEFD team members:

Caulfield, T., Marcon, A.R., Murdoch, B., Brown, J.M., Tinker Perrault, S., Jarry, J, Snyder, J., Anthony, S.J., Brooks, S., Master, Z., Rachul, C., Ogbogu, U., Greenberg, J., Zarzeczny, A., Hyde-Lay, R. (2019). Health misinformation and the power of narrative messaging in the public sphere. Canadian Journal of Bioethics, 2(2), 52-60.

Rachul, C. (2019). Digesting data: Tracing the chromosomal imprint of scientific evidence through the development and use of Canadian dietary guidelines. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 33(1), 26-59.

Mawdsley, H. (2018). Leadership in a complex adaptive system: An exploratory case study of one faculty at a Canadian post-secondary educational organization. Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. 5855. https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/5855

Artemeva, N., Rachul, C., O’Brien, B., & Varpio, L. (2017). Situated learning in medical education. Academic Medicine, 92(1), 134.

Rachul, C., Rasko, J. E., & Caulfield, T. (2017). Implicit hype? Representations of platelet rich plasma in the news media. PloS ONE, 12(8), e0182496.

Academic presentations

Rachul, C., Sadler, L., Cavett, T. (2019, June 1-3). Writing/reasoning: Learning to write patient documentation in medicine. Paper presented at Circles of Conversation, 11th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

Jalloh, C., Yurkiw, S., Ens, A. (2019 April 13-16). Just what I wanted to hear: Targeted teaching tips by podcast. Poster presented at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Niagara Falls, ON.

Mawdsley, H. (2019 April 13-16). Using mixed methods and multiple data sources to assess comparability of sites in clerkship rotations. Poster presented at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Niagara Falls, ON.

Rachul, C., Collins, B., Ahmed, M., Cai, G. (2019 April 13-16). Square pegs in round holes: Implementing independent learning in structured curricula. Paper presented at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Niagara Falls, ON.

Drummond, K., Giberson-Kirby, S., Wickens, A., & Romund, G. (2018 June 12-14). Manitoba pharmacy preceptor learning needs environmental scan as an elective. Poster presented at the Canadian Pharmacy Education and Research Conference, Ottawa, ON.

Wawrykow, T., & Mawdsley, H. (2018 May 27-30). Exploring educational innovation: Out of the shadows of shadow week. Poster presented at the Conference for the Canadian Association for Emergency Physicians, Halifax, NS.

Rachul, C. (2018 May 17). Hyping by omission: The example of platelet-rich plasma therapy, the popular media, and implicit hype. Paper presented at Mapping the Emerging Issues in the Public Representation of Bioscience & Health Issues, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.

Giberson-Kirby, S., Gruber, J. & Lemelin, C. (2018 February 14-16). Negotiation tools & techniques for educational developers: Coaching academics in prickly positions. Workshop presented at the Educational Developers Caucus, Victoria, BC.

Rachul, C. (2017 October 27). Patient voices. Paper presented at the Workshop on Unproven Stem Cell Procedures: Not the Cure-all Elixir of the 21st Century - Exploring Ways to Reduce Potential Harm, Stem Cell Network, Ottawa, ON.

Practical applications of research

Guidelines for Developing UGME Assigned Studies