Interdisciplinary Initiative, University of Western Ontario

Under the leadership of Dr. Anne Kinsella and Dr. Allan Pitman, our group of interdisciplinary scholars was awarded $91,400 to establish a Network for the Interdisciplinary Scholarship of Professional Education.

The aim of this interdisciplinary initiative is to foster an intellectual community and interdisciplinary network for the scholarship of professional education. The initiative adds value by creating opportunities for researchers and graduate students across fields to interact and exchange knowledge. The project aims to: (a) break down silos by creating opportunities to interact across disciplines, (b) identify scholars and graduate students in the field through the development of a virtual network and community of practice, and (c) build capacity for researchers and graduate students to advance knowledge and contribute to the scholarship of professional education.

A partnership between the Faculties of Education, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and The Faculty of Health Sciences is proposed, with the potential involvement of other faculties over time. This proposal complements the work of various groups at Western, such as the Continuing Teacher Education Program, the Office of Interprofessional Health Education and Research, The Group for the Advancement and Advocacy of Medical and Dental Education Scholarship, The Centre for Education in Diagnostic, Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, The Clinical Education Advisory Group, and graduate programs in The Faculty of Education and n Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (Health Professional Education Field) among others.

Collaborators on this project are MacMillan, B., Chhem, R., Hibbert, K., Goldszmidt, M., Orchard, C., Wamsley, K., Nisker, J., Bartlett, D., DeLuca, S., Kirkwood, K., Van Deven, T.