16th Annual McCahan Education Virtual Conference
May 26 & 27, 2021
Theme: Teaching Self-Directed Learners in Times of Uncertainty and Change
Keynote Speaker: Nicole Woods, PhD
May 26 | 12-2pm
Dr. Woods obtained a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from McMaster University in 2006. Throughout her academic career at UHN and The University of Toronto, she has led a highly successful research program in health professions education. She was the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Career Award from the International Association of Medical Science Educators and an inaugural Fellow of the Karolinska Institute Prize for Research in Medical Education in 2019.
Dr. Woods is currently Associate Director and Scientist at The Wilson Centre. Her work uses experimental methods and principles derived from cognitive psychology to advance theory and practice in education. The goal of her work has been to improve the education and training of health professionals by developing and testing models of knowledge acquisition and expertise development and translating these models into tools and techniques for professional education. Although much of her work focuses on the early stages of expert development and is most relevant to undergraduate medical education, her research has significant implications across the developmental continuum and a variety of health disciplines. In addition to supervising graduate students and working with health professions educators, Dr. Woods is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, The University of Toronto. In September of 2020, she was appointed Institute Director of the Institute for Education Research (TIER)@UHN.
In recognition of his excellence as an educator, the Department of Medical Sciences & Education and the Boston University Medical Campus is proud to host the 16th Annual McCahan Medical Campus Education Day.
Dr. John F. McCahan served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine from 1976 until 2006, during which he oversaw numerous revisions and reforms of the M.D. curriculum. He guided a major change in curriculum governance and chaired the Medical Education Committee, created in this reorganization. Throughout his career, he had a particular interest in the patient-doctor interaction and the teaching methodologies that resulted in effective clinical skills. He has actively taught, studied, and administered a variety of educational formats from large group lectures to one-on-one teaching, feedback, and evaluation. Throughout the years, he earned the admiration of his colleagues for his ability to articulate and implement a clear vision of modern medical education. Read more here.