Health Professional Education

Health Professional Education


This field supports research in the broad area of health professional education and practice. Philosophically, the field is informed by an adult learning model, grounded in respect for experience, dialogue, reflection, collaboration, as well as a commitment to the development of a supportive learning community. The field encompasses investigations into a range of disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary issues that are relevant to health and social care disciplines. Various topics related to professional education and practice are examined, some examples of previous and current research areas taken up in the field include:

  • Interprofessional education
  • Reflective/reflexive practice
  • Preceptorship and mentorship
  • Patient-/client-/family-centered practice
  • Educational assessment
  • Communication & team work
  • Technology
  • Service user involvement
  • Leadership
  • Mindfulness
  • Practical wisdom
  • Ethics
  • Arts & humanities
  • Critical and transdisciplinary perspectives
  • Communities of practice
  • Embodiment
  • Social/epistemic justice
  • Epistemologies of practice
  • Professional practice knowledge
  • Narratives of illness and disability
  • Palliative and end-of-life care
  • International education

Field Leader

Anne Kinsella
School of Occupational Therapy
akinsell@uwo.ca

Students must complete three mandatory half-credit courses, one from each of the following categories:

Students must attend and participate in Seminar Milestones:

In addition, all PhD students must pass a formal comprehensive examination as a requirement of the program.

Schedule & Milestones