Nov. 1, 2016

OHMES News Archive | 2016


November 2016

The Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship (OHMES)  presents:

 AMEE Webinar

Doctors are people too: what’s important in early careers 
decision making and how can this inform policy and practice?

Presenter:  Jennifer Cleland, University of Aberdeen

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

G732 HSC


November 2016

Taylor Institute Teaching and Learning Grants


Deadline:  7 February 2017

The University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Grants are designed to enhance students' learning experiences at the University of Calgary. These will support evidence-based projects that

  1. integrate research evidence into teaching practice,
  2. generate new knowledge about teaching and learning at the University of Calgary, and
  3. disseminate the results of that work to benefit others.

Visit for more information



October 2016

Dr. David Topps appointed Clinical Co-Director of the Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship

Image removed.The Cumming School of Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. David Topps has been appointed Clinical Co-Director—Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship (OHMES), effective 1stSeptember 2016.

The Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship (OHMES) was established in 2013 to provide leadership and assistance in the pursuit of the scholarship of teaching and learning within the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM). OHMES does this through providing leadership in medical, health and science education scholarship, building scholarly capacity in the CSM through educational initiatives, events, and mentorship and promoting and disseminating scholarly work in medical, health and science education in, with, and for the CSM community.

Dr. Topps will have a particular focus on enhancing the quality and breadth of education at the CSM including initiatives focused on capacity building and engagement with all of the CSM’s faculty across Calgary and beyond.

Dr. Topps first worked at the University of Calgary as an assistant professor from 1997-2005. He then worked in various faculty positions at James Cook University, Lakehead University, Laurentian University and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2010 he rejoined the CSM as a professor in the Department of Family Medicine. He has broad and expansive research interests including virtual patients and simulation learning. He has also published peer-reviewed journal articles, authored and co-authored many book chapters and produced mixed media teaching tools such as videos and blogs.

October 2016

The Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship (OHMES) presents:


AMEE Webinar
Technology-mediated Encounters with Simulated/Standardized Patients (SPs) – 
Preparing Learners for Telemedicine and a Global World

Presenter:  Elizabeth Krajic Kachur


Wednesday, October 26, 2016



There is no cost to attend.  Please RSVP to

September 2016


The Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship (OHMES) and the Equity & Professionalism Office (EPO) present:

 AMEE Webinar
Diversity and gender in medical education p.2: sharing educational experience

Presenters:  Janusz Janczukowicz & Petra Verdonk


Wednesday, September 28, 2016


There is no cost to attend.  Please RSVP to

September 2016

PGME Simulation Education and Research Symposium - October 6, 2016

Deadline for registration is September 23, 2016

Abstract submission deadline has been extended to September 23, 2016

Details are on the website ( - select the "Simulation Symposium" tab.


June 2016

Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship
Health Science and Medical Education
Research and Innovation Funding Competition 2016-2017

The Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship (OHMES) was created in 2013 to support and develop a culture of excellence in health and medical education scholarship at the University of Calgary. To that end, OHMES is pleased to announce the third annual Health Science and Medical Education Research and Innovation Funding Competition.

For this call we define two kinds of project submissions:

  • Research projects: these are focused on knowledge generation through the use of scientific methods of various kinds, typically based around the exploration of a particular set of circumstances such as the impact of an intervention, the experiences of learners and teachers, or a recurring topic across a body of research literature.
  • Innovation projects: these are focused on the application of knowledge (such as research findings and research syntheses) to guide changes in educational practice to improve, extend, or refocus them. Innovation projects should include knowledge synthesis, development, application, and evaluation stages.

OHMES has instituted a Letter of Intent process for this competition, in order to ensure that the proposed project has a direct link to medical education before proceeding to the full proposal stage.  It is also anticipated that the LOI process will assist applicants in developing a full proposal.

Due:  30 September 2016
Submit to:

2016 Announcement and Call for LOIs

May 2016

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May 2016

AMEE Webinar:  Discussion Storylines:  A helpful framework for writing the most difficult section of your research paper

Presenter:  Lorelei Lingard
                      Western university

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
G646 Health Sciences Centre

There is no cost to attend.  Please RSVP to    

The Discussion is arguably the most important section of the paper, and also the most difficult section to write.  To be effective, your Discussion must avoid the common pitfalls of mere summary, meandering commentary and dramatic arm-waving.  And of course your Discussion must follow standard conventions:  summary of main findings, interpretation of their meaning in the context of existing knowledge, consideration of their implications for practice or theory, reflection on methodological limitations and suggestion of future directions.  But just following these conventions will not ensure a powerful Discussion.  Why not?  Because your Discussion also needs to tell a good story.  In this webinar, we will discuss strategies for organizing your discussion to tell a compelling and coherent story.  Three common 'storylines' will be illustrated with examples from the medical education literature:  "Coming full circle", "Deep exploration", and "Surprising insight".  Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how to choose among these storylines and how to use them to shape the story 'arc' that must grow between a paper's Introduction and Discussion sections.   This webinar is intended for writers at introductory and intermediate levels of experience writing for publication.

April 2016

AMEE Webinar:  How effective are selection methods in the healthcare professions?

Presenter:  Fiona Patterson
                      University of Cambridge

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
G748 Health Sciences Centre

There is no cost to attend.  Please RSVP to    


Across the globe, selection and admissions processes continue to attract strong public interest, and often criticism regarding accuracy, fairness and widening participation. Whilst academic achievement is consistently a good predictor of subsequent performance, it cannot be assumed that those with high academic ability alone can be trained to become competent clinicians. Little research attention has focused on methods that reliably evaluate important (non-academic) personal attributes, values and motivational qualities. In this webinar, in exploring these issues, results of a new systematic literature review are presented to examine the quality of evidence for various selection methods. Implications for both policy and practice are discussed.

April 2016

OHMES Member a 2016 University of Calgary Teaching Award Recipient

Congratulations to Sarah Anderson, PhD Candidate, member of the OHMES Executive Committee, and recipient of the Award for Graduate Assistants (Teaching) in the 2016 University of Calgary Teaching Awards.  Sarah is pursuing her PhD in the Department of Community Health Sciences specializing in medical education, and an active member of OHMES.  In addition to serving on the OHMES Executive Committee as a student representative,  Sarah was also a member of the 2016 OHMES Symposium Planning Committee.  We congratulate Sarah on her award, and look forward to her continued contributions to medical education!

March 2016

2015 OHMES Funding Competition Results

OHMES is pleased to announce the following awards in the 2015 Health and Medical Education Research and Innovation Funding Competition:




Local Tools to Global Change:  Standardizing Clinical Patient Handovers

Dr. Ghazwan Altabbaa


Enhancing Medicosurgical Manual Skill Learning with Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation

Dr. Adam Kirton



An Exploration of Peer Mentorship in the Context of Doctoral Education

Diane Lorenzetti


Improving the Quality of GI Referrals:  A Team-Based Approach to Enhance Family Medicine Residency Training

Dr. Mone Palacios


The Pediatric Clinical Teaching Unit:  Exploring the Perspectives of Key Stakeholders

Dr. Preet Sandhu


An Antimicrobial Stewardship Educational Curriculum:  A Learner-Centres Approach to Ensure Patient Safety

Dr. Joseph Vayalumkumal


A Randomized Controlled Trial of Gender Effects on Interview Scores

Dr. Ian Walker


The intent of this competition is to stimulate work and interest in education scholarship.  We received 14 applications, and were pleased to see the quality and breadth of proposals.  Total funding of $55,342.20 was granted.   We look forward to the 2016 competition!

February 2016

The Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship (OHMES) invites you to join us for a CAME webinar:

Practical Tips for Flipping the Classroom

Presenter: Dr. Kelly Burak
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
G750 Health Sciences Centre


Please RSVP to and specify which time you will attend.
There is no registration fee for this group session.

January 2016

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Symposium Program

Symposium Registration

January 2016

Please join OHMES for a CAME webinar:

Teaching for Patient Safety

Presenter: Dr. Brian Wong (University of Toronto)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
G750 Health Sciences Centre

Please RSVP to
There is no registration fee for this group session.