Centre for Health Education Scholarship


What is Education Scholarship?

The Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) defines “education scholarship” as:

“… an umbrella term which can encompass both research and innovation in health professions education. Quality in education scholarship is attained through work that is: peer-reviewed, publicly disseminated, and provides a platform that others can build on.”


CHES at the Island Medical Program

Dr. Gisele Bourgeois-Law is the CHES liaison for the IMP. She can:

  • answer your questions or direct you to someone who can; and
  • link you to other researchers across the country who may be interested in the same questions you are.

If you are interested in education scholarship or have an educational research question, consider joining our IMP Education Scholars Group. The purpose of the Scholars Group is to gather like-minded people and provide resources to help grow an education scholar community on the Island.

Education Scholar Opportunities

Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) Canada
MHPE-Canada is a two-year, part-time, internationally recognized course, giving graduates a research-based master’s degree from Maastricht University.

The objectives of the MHPE program are to provide teachers of health professions, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dentists, pharmacists and others, with the capacity to implement and improve their educational programs and to conduct education research related to regional and national health priorities. The MHPE-Canada focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant for innovative medical and health professions education in Canada.

Within the two-year program, students will have two 3-week long units, which take place on-campus (during COVID-19 they have been delivered remotely via Zoom) and are delivered by faculty members from both UBC and the University of Western Ontario, with all other units being distance-based and delivered by faculty at Maastricht University.

For more information on the program, eligibility and the application process, please head to the CHES website.

Clinical Educator Fellowship Program
CHES is offering opportunities for senior residents (R3-R5), residents in enhanced skills programs (PGY3 Family Medicine), or established clinicians interested in health education scholarship to be a part of the CHES Fellowship program, which has graduated 29 Fellows since its inception. This Fellowship is designed for those interested in developing an academic career as a clinician educator.

For more information on the program, eligibility and the application process, please head to the CHES website.

Education Scholar Events

Three times a year, a CHES scientist or scholar is invited to the IMP to give a half-day workshop. Topics relate to medical education research and generally have a practical bent.

Past workshops have included “Writing successful medical education grants,” “Lenses in medical education research,” and “Practical aspects of qualitative research.” Workshops are accredited for Mainpro and MOC Section 1 credits. During the half-day, you can also discuss current or potential research topics with the visiting scholar.


How to Become a CHES member

CHES in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine supports health educational scholarship across the distributed medical sites. There is no cost associated with becoming a CHES member, and the application process is straightforward.

Here’s what you’ll get as a CHES member:

  • Formal association with a community of practice
  • Opportunities to network and form research teams
  • Access to successful grants, ethics applications, CHES Research Round recordings, and more
  • Opportunities for peer review.

Interested in more about medical education journals and grants, conferences, and research? Find it here.