CERI Research Seminar

Recognizing and Managing Emotions in Health Professions Education Research

Presenter: Javeed Sukhera, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
12:00pm to 1:30 pm in HSA 110

25% of this program is dedicated to participant interaction


The study of emotion has received little attention in health professions education (Artino, 2013). While the role of emotions in learning can be found in the literature, little is known about how emotions influence the design, methods, execution, and dissemination of research in the field. We know that emotions are a pervasive influence on how information is perceived and processed (McConnell and Eva, 2012), yet how do we handle emotions when conducting research? Consider the example of a health professions researcher who has a novel idea and begins to explore their topic through semi-structured qualitative interviews. How do they respond to emotions that arise during an interview, where do they turn for help? Does the complexity of emotions hold us back from exploring topics that are challenging and sensitive to address? This seminar will delve into what we know about how emotions influence health professions education research and engage participants in a discussion designed to develop and refine a novel area of inquiry

Research Seminar Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Explore different topics pertinent to health professions education.
  2. Transform their knowledge of medical education research and scholarly innovations.
  3. Engage in discussions and exchange ideas with an interdisciplinary academic medicine community.


This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. You may claim a maximum of 30.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent participating in the educational program.

This event has no commercial support.