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Shortly after ICRE 2018, the ICRE planning committee called on residents around the globe, looking to find passionate and dedicated individuals to bring a resident’s perspective to the ICRE 2019 planning committee.

After receiving an overwhelming number of submissions from residents all over the world and from many different disciplines, we are pleased to introduce the ICRE 2019 Chief Residents:

2018_ICRE_ChiefResident_Elsey_PhotoDr. Elizabeth (Lizzy) Elsey 🇬🇧 is a general surgery trainee from the East Midlands, UK and is delighted to be continuing her involvement with ICRE as a Chief Resident in 2019.

Lizzy recently completed a PhD in the attainment of operative skill competency in general surgery training and held a prestigious NIHR personal fellowship whilst undertaking these studies. Her main academic interest is in the use of routinely collected, national training data to understand the experiences of trainees relating to assessment, autonomy and operative experience.  Lizzy was awarded the Best Resident Research prize at ICRE 2018 for work arising from her PhD.

Lizzy has previously held several influential roles relating to surgical training including Vice President of the Association of Surgeons in Training and sitting on various national committees involved in shaping the future of surgical training in the UK.

Lizzy is also passionate about promoting surgery careers at both a regional and national level, working with the Inspiring Futures campaign, Women in Surgery and the Royal College of Surgeons Emerging Leaders Programmes in the past and speaking at careers events. Lizzy was awarded the Health Education East Midlands “Excellence in Education: Future Educator” award in 2016.

Lizzy has two young children and works less-than-full-time. In her spare time she can be found attempting not to fall over in yoga classes, walking in the countryside and rewarding her exercise efforts with coffee and cake.

2018_ICRE_ChiefResident_Hall_PhotoDr. Jena Hall 🇨🇦 is an obstetrics and gynecology resident at Queen’s University. She has recently completed an MEd at Queen’s through the Clinician Investigator Program. Her masters research focused on learning from video playback in surgical training and reflecting on the operating room as a feedback and learning environment. Her interest in learning from video playback comes from a background in varsity figure skating, both as a competitor and coach. At Queen’s she has co-founded and co-chairs the CBME Resident Subcommittee, whose mandate is to represent the interests of the greater resident body at Queen’s School of Medicine through the transition and continued integration of CBME, encouraging coproduction at all levels of implementation. She is an advocate for the grassroots engagement of residents in MedEd discourse, in particular around the transition to CBME.

This is her second term as an ICRE Chief Resident, and she is looking forward to contributing toward another exciting and innovative conference!

FH_Photograph11 (1)Dr. Shuaib Quraishi 🇬🇧 MRCP (UK) MBBS BMedSci (Hons) FHEA DGM is currently an ST6 trainee in Acute Internal Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine. He has previously worked as a Royal College of Physicians Chief Registrar and RCP education fellow for Winnie Wade, associate director of education. He has a specialist interest in medical education, global health and focussed ultrasound and represents Kent, Surrey & Sussex trainees on the RCP Trainees Committee and MRCP(UK) Specialty Certificate Examinations steering group. During his time as an RCP education fellow, he was working with the JRCPTB on a project to implement a novel way to assess trainees using entrustable professional activities (EPAs) / capabilities in practice (CiPs) for postgraduate physician training in the UK.

This subsequently led to the approval of the new internal medicine curriculum by the GMC, which will replace core medical training from August 2019. He contributed to the analysis and writing of the proof of concept study report. During this time he completed a postgraduate certificate in clinical education and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Another project he was a key member of was the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) commissioned project Improving patient feedback for doctors where key recommendations have recently been published as an RCP/AoMRC report.

Weston, CaitlinDr. Caitlin Weston 🇦🇺 named “Most Likely to Donate a Kidney to a Patient” by her medical school cohort, is an Australian anaesthetic trainee with a passion for improving the culture of our working and learning environments. In 2017 Caitlin undertook a Churchill Fellowship exploring policies and programs for clinician health and well-being in the USA, Canada and the UK. Since then she has interrupted her anaesthetic training to implement her research findings, designing a well-being module for junior doctors on the mobile application Resident Guide and presenting at several national and international conferences. She serves on the board of Doctors Health Services (Australia’s national body funding confidential healthcare for doctors) as well as a number of committees with the Australian Medical Association including the NSW & Federal Council of Doctors in Training, and the Gender Equity Round Table working group. Caitlin is passionate about equity & equality, intersectionality, professionalism, innovation and positive psychology.

In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys travel, theatre, hiking, and terrible terrible kitchen dancing with her partner Sam.

Halifax…besides #ICRE2018 of course!

What makes Halifax truly special is the perfect balance of rural and urban, wrapped by ocean in one unique region. This balance creates thousands of things to do and experiences that can be tailored to absolutely any type of group or traveller. Start collecting your moments and memories now and discover all the things to do in the Halifax region.

Here’s a list of ‘Top 10’ things to do in Halifax:

  • Stroll along the Waterfront Boardwalk, one of the longest downtown boardwalks in the world! Be sure to check out the waterfront snack shacks, the ‘drunken lampposts’, the new floating sea bridge and the Last Steps Memorial.
  • Looking for an amazing view and photo op of downtown Halifax? . . . head up the steps by the Old Town Clock to the Halifax Citadel (it’s also a great spot to see the sunrise in Halifax).
  • The Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road has received many accolades including winning the national 2016 Governor General Architecture Medal. Locals and visitors alike are drawn to this cultural hub of downtown Halifax. Stop in for a visit . . . pop up to the 5th floor where you can enjoy a coffee and soak up the views from the Rooftop Patio and “Halifax’s Living Room”.
  • Ride the Alderney Ferry from Downtown Halifax to Dartmouth. The Harbour Ferry is the oldest, continuous, salt-water passenger ferry service in North America. The ferries criss-cross the second largest natural harbour in the world every 15 minutes during peak hours. The Dartmouth waterfront also happens to be one of the top 10 places to watch the sunset in Halifax.
  • Have a Donair (Halifax’s official food) . . . a Donair is a sweet and spicy treat, and a uniquely Nova Scotian delicacy (that’s usually enjoyed late-night). There are countless places to buy one in Halifax, including some spots close to the Halifax Convention Centre such as Johnny K’s Authentic Donairs.
  • Did you know that some of the finest crystal in the world is made in Nova Scotia? Stop by NovaScotian Crystal on the waterfront for a live demonstration of a centuries-old tradition . . . and perhaps pick up a very special souvenir from Halifax.
  • Halifax is home to Atlantic Canada’s only national Museum – The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Plan a visit to this National Historic Site which was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. It also served as the departure point for 500,000 Canadian Military personnel during the Second World War. Did you know that The Scotiabank Family History Centre located at Pier 21 is a free reference service to help you trace your own family immigration story.
  • Try authentic Maritime Fish n’ Chips! Murphy’s Restaurant and Patio and Katch on the Halifax Waterfront, and Evan’s Seafood in Dartmouth are great options for delicious Fish n’ Chips – but really, you can’t go wrong anywhere in Halifax!
  • Enjoy the autumn colours at the Halifax Public Gardens, one of the finest surviving Victorian-style gardens in North America.
  • Spend an evening at one of Halifax’s local-favourite live music venues like Durty Nelly’s, the Lower Deck or the Carleton and enjoy a real Nova Scotian party! A fun fact about Durty Nelly’s . . .  this authentic Irish pub was completely designed and built in Dublin, travelled across the Atlantic, and was reconstructed piece by piece in Halifax (and it just happens to be conveniently located just steps away from the Halifax Convention Centre!).  

GeetaEach year, ICRE is committed to providing a quality and thought-provoking lineup of skilled and experienced speakers. This year is no exception.

While we’ve been working rigorously to prepare for this year’s conference in Halifax, we heard from many of you about the need for a more diverse and inclusive plenary debate panel. Our panel features many brilliant minds, including Drs. Elizabeth Elsey, Simon Fleming, Christopher Watling, Gus Grant, and hosted by Maxine Mawhinney.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Geeta Singhal of Texas Children’s Hospital will be joining this year’s panel. Dr. Singhal has been a clinician educator for over 20 years. She has had the opportunity to work with medical students, residents, fellows, faculty and other health care professionals in both clinical settings as well as in a lecture and faculty development settings.

Dr. Singhal will bring another strong voice to this year’s panel, and we look forward to this great discussion on lessons learned and shaping the best learning environment for our residents.

Today I am musing about the importance of the mentoring process particularly within residency training and the field of medical education.  Mentoring is not telling someone what to do but encouraging them to think about available options, challenges and previously unconsidered possibilities. In my personal experience of being mentored, the most effective interventions have always been prefixed by “Have you thought about”? or “What would happen if”? Continue Reading »

Good leadership and good followership is so fundamental to what we do in medical and health professions education. It is about understanding our culture and context with our central core always aiming to enhance the care and experiences of our patients, their families and their caregivers. At this year’s Toronto International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians (TISLEP), we aim to explore and expand the dialogue around leadership education and culture. With diverse participants and facilitators from around the world including patient voice, learners, other health care professionals and medical faculty, we will look outside the box and explore a breadth of topics including diversity, power, change management and developing faculty to teach leadership, just to name a few. Continue Reading »

2017-icre-thursday-349.jpgT-23 days until ICRE 2018!  But who’s counting.  I am getting excited to see old friends and meet new ones.  I am also looking forward to Thursday October 18th’s “Eat, Drink and be Scholarly” from 1900-2100.  I have a bet with Jason that this session will be better than the ‘Educators Explore Malts:  Whisky 101.’  Have you ever tasted whisky?  Then you know what I am talking about.

This year’s theme for Eat, Drink and be Scholarly (formerly Clinician Educator Dinner) is focused on the Learning Environment.  I always enjoy the conversations, great ideas and all the laughter.  It is a time to network with colleagues from across the globe and learn about new ways to improve the learning environment.  Plus, the food (and wine of course) is pretty good too.  This year, we are changing up the process and bringing in speakers who truly live the learning environment every day.  We have Ryan Luther, a resident in general internal medicine and Linessa Zuniga a recent graduate of the world’s largest pediatric training program who is doing research related to learning environment factors contributing to resident burnout.  To round out this group, we have Lara Varpio whose current work focuses on the dynamics of teams.

If you haven’t already signed up, there are still a few spots remaining.  You will go away with a breadth of ideas on how to improve the learning environment along with a ‘menu of tips and resources’ our presenters have collected.  We may not be sipping malts but we will be having a lot more fun.  Did I hear a mic drop?

With ICRE less than a month away, I am thrilled to see how this year’s program has come together and look forward to the many important discussions that will take place at this year’s conference.

As many of you are aware, we decided to take a different approach with this year’s plenary debate, and will be featuring an important discussion on the lessons learned from the Hadiza Bawa-Garba case.

We’ve heard from many of you about the importance of presenting this debate from all different lenses, and in putting together this year’s session, our planning committee is working hard to ensure that this emotive and controversial topic will be handled with extreme sensitivity and with patients as the focus.

The selected panel of experts features a mix of backgrounds, and each panellist is extremely passionate about the issues raised. The discussion will focus on systemic failures in the MedEd workplace and how things can be changed, tying to this year’s conference theme around understanding the learning environment. We believe that approaching the lessons learned from this angle will make for a thought-provoking discussion directly relating to improving residency education.

I look forward to seeing you in Halifax.

Sincerely,

JFrankSignature

Jason R. Frank, MD, MA (Ed), FRCPC
Chair, ICRE 2018