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Education Research
Education Research

Education Research

About the P​​rogram

The Education Research Program strives to advance our understanding of how healthcare professionals, from novice to expert, develop and maintain the skills necessary for their practice.

Among various research initiatives, the program has three main priorities:

    1. To study factors influencing the acquisition of clinical skills and how educational technologies such as simulation and eLearning influence retention, maintenance and transfer of clinical skills.
    2. To expand models of expert development and practice in order to inform the ways in which we understand and ultimately enhance learning. This work includes investigating the processes that underpin innovation, learning transfer and team learning.
    3. To develop a strategy that relies on various methodologies and technologies to detect and target gaps in ​skills, knowledge, attitude or systems within SickKids thus improving quality of care and patient safety.

Our Role in Learning

The Education Research Program is focused on fostering excellence in health professional education through collaborative, interdisciplinary programs of research. Using methodologies and theories from disciplines including education, psychology and the humanities, the Education Research team strives to ensure that learning bridges the gap between research, practice and improved patient care. The Education Researchers also offers educational research consulting to the SickKids community.​​

​​Learning Institute Training Experience (LITE) Program​

The Learning Institute at The Hospital for Sick Children offers training experiences including Electives, Certificates and Fellowships in health professions education that are open to an interdisciplinary audience (e.g., physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals). These opportunities are project-based, allowing learners to focus on topics that are important to their work and/or educational interests, and are intended to facilitate the development of the skills and expertise to engage in research or scholarship in education. There are two main areas of focus:

    1. ​health professions education research
    2. simulation​​​

For more details on the Learning Institute Training Experience (LITE) Program, please visit the Program's webpage.

​Contact Information:

Catharine Walsh
MD, MEd, PhD, FRCPC
Educational Researcher
Learning Institute
Scientist-Track Investigator
SickKids Research Institute
The Hospital for Sick Children
(416) 813-7654 Ext. 309432