The overarching goal of HSERC’s educational research program is to advance the evidence for best practices in health sciences team education, health professional collaborative practice, and the use of technology to support and enhance teaching and learning.
HSERC uses different learning environments (classroom, clinical, virtual and simulation) to support the development of interprofessional competencies for collaborative practice. Research in these environments investigates how the development of team competencies and experiences can make an impact in the health curriculum. HSERC: a) promotes the use of existing best-practices in interprofessional education and collaborative practice; and b) is conducting original research into health team pedagogy and development of patient-centred competencies.
In addition to advancing the best evidence in health science education, HSERC plays a key role in building capacity for educational research through the Master of Education in Health Sciences Education program. The MEd in HSE is a collaborative program offered by the Faculty of Education and health science faculties.
A formal research program is under development, in collaboration with the Academic leads. This research program involves three key components*:
1) Knowledge sharing and use (Advocacy and Promotion)
2) Research and knowledge development (Learning); and
3) Research infrastructure (Accountability)
* adapted from the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Report of the Panel on the Return on Investments in Health Research (2009)