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News & Events | Articles | December 3, 2015

Context, Mechanism, Outcome: Realist Methods in Health Professional Education

Dr. Rachel Ellaway
Co-Director, Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship,
and Professor, Community Health Sciences, UCalgary

December 3, 2015
12:00 -12:50 pm
W21C Multi-Purpose Room
GD01, TRW Building
3280 Hospital Drive NW

This session was recorded through Adobe Connect.
You can access the recording here: https://connectmeeting.ucalgary.ca/p51hloybfad/

Presentation Summary:

Critical realism and realist methods are a growing part of research and evaluation in health professional education. Although the realist approach is often encapsulated in the statement ‘what works for whom in what context’ there is rather more to this approach.
Dr. Ellaway will explore the practices, advantages, and challenges of taking a realist approach in health professional education.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

1. Describe key issues in realist methods and critical realism.
2. Outline the use of realist methods for research or evaluation.
3. Situate realist methods within broader research and evaluation themes.

The W21C Journal Club+ is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.