The Centre for Education Research & Innovation has been renewed for a four-year term

After a successful review, the Centre for Education Research & Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University has been renewed for a four-year term ending August 31, 2019.

The external review highlighted a number of achievements in the Centre’s first term, including: its growing national and international research reputation; its extensive mentorship of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty; and its interdisciplinary, collaborative culture.

The Centre’s research focus on work-based learning in clinical environments was also recognized as innovative and timely. Centre scientists and researchers are studying: how communication practices on clinical teaching teams shape team competence and patient care; how faculty and students approach complexity and non-routine problems; how residents discern ‘best practice’ in the face of faculty practice variations; how clinical learners decide which sources of feedback to attend to; and how work-based assessments can be designed to promote learner development.

I am also pleased to announce that Lorelei Lingard, PhD, has been re-appointed as Director, Centre for Education Research & Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. A Western alumna (BA’91), Dr. Lingard joined the Department of Medicine, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, as a Professor and the inaugural Director for the Centre for Education Research & Innovation in 1998.

As Director and a Centre scientist, Dr. Lingard has worked to advance the field of education research at the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, across Canada and around the world. Her research program, supported by CIHR, SSHRC, PSI, AMOSO and other agencies, has explored the nature of health care teamwork and its implications for both medical training and patient care. Her work has influenced how licensing bodies understand competence, how accreditors assess the quality of team communication, and how health researchers regard the role of language and the value of qualitative research.

Dr. Lingard has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work, including the Schulich Distinguished Leader Award, Schulich Excellence in Education Award – Graduate/Postgraduate (2012) and appointment as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2013).

Please join me in congratulating CERI on its successful renewal and Dr. Lingard on her re-appointment.

Dr. Michael J. Strong,
Dean Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry