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

A Rhetorical Analysis of Letters of Recommendation for Canadian Residency Programs

            Principal Investigator: Christen Rachul

            Co-Investigators: Wil Fleisher, Nancy Porhownik, Sandra Gedruj

            Funder: Canadian Association for Medical Education

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

            Principal 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

Evaluation of Undergraduate Medical Education Renewed Curriculum

            Principal Investigator: Joanne Hamilton

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

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 (BSc Med student)

            Funder: College of Family Physicians of Canada

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

Realist Evaluation of Competence By Design in Postgraduate Medical Education

            Principal Investigator: Christen Rachul

            Co-Investigators: Joanne Hamilton, Helen MawdsleyBenjamin Collins,
            Ming-Ka Chan, Ganesh Srinivasan

            Funder: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

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

Evaluation projects

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

Principles-Focused Evaluation of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Principles-Focused Evaluation of the Master of Physical Therapy Program

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

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


Selected publications by OEFD team members:

Mawdsley, H. (2019). Letter to the editor-Considering complexity in health human resources for physician assistants. Journal of Canada’s Physician Assistants, 3, i.

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., Hamilton, J., Mawdsley, H., Toews, I., Chan, M.-K., Srinivasan, G. (2019, September). Realist evaluation of Competence by Design at the University of Manitoba: A work in progress. Poster presented at the Competency Based Medical Education Program Evaluation Summit, Ottawa, ON.

Rachul, C., Sadler, L., Cavett, T. (2019, June). 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). 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). 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). Square pegs in round holes: Implementing independent learning in structured curricula. Paper presented at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Niagara Falls, ON.

Paradis, E., Rachul, C., Hevenor, B., Miller, D., & Kulasegaram, K. (2019, January). Changing interprofessional hierarchies? A comparative linguistic analysis of Canadian pharmacy student politeness between 1995 and 2018. Merit Award: Best Free Communication, Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference 2019. Presenter: E. Paradis. Singapore.

Drummond, K., Giberson-Kirby, S., Wickens, A., & Romund, G. (2018, June). 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). 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). 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.

Rachul, C. (2017, October). 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