RISE 2021


Research Innovation & Scholarship in Education 'RISE' (previously Medical Education Research & Scholarship Day 'MERSD') is an event put on by the office of Faculty Development.  It is a sharing event to celebrate the medical education research and scholarship work that is being done in medicine and across the health professions in the province of Saskatchewan.  Starting in June, 2017 this event is offered annually and showcases work by staff, faculty and learners across the province.  All are welcome and invited to submit abstracts which opens in January and closes in March of each year.

Conference Information

Date: June 11, 2021
Time: 9:45am - 1:45pm
Platform: USask WebEx

Conference Objectives

  • Examine a series of research studies on feedback in clinical education as a springboard for discussion on research for the busy clinician
  • Share, discuss and analyze tips for success at each stage of a research project (from conception through to publication)
  • Develop a critique of current coaching conversations during clinical supervision
  • Formulate a ‘do-able’ research question pertaining to coaching
  • Describe medical education research and scholarship at the University of Saskatchewan
  • Network with others who share interest in medical education and scholarship
  • Create collaborations / communities of practice that will support medical education research and scholarship in the CoM

Handouts & Resources

  • Funding Sources for Medical Education Research (PDF)
  • AAMC-Regional Groups on Educational Affairs (GEA) Annotated Bibliography of Journals for Educational Scholarship (PDF) 
  • Jane (Journal/Author Name Estimator) - JANE is a free online bibliographic journal selection tool, which is a popular resource to help authors determine the most appropriate in-scope journal to publish their manuscripts.
  • creo™ is an online learning tool that delivers research education in a straight forward and easy-to-digest way, guiding the learner through the step-wise process of developing a research project. More information can be found in the creo Information Booklet.
  • OVDR has created this handout which contains grant development information, departmental contact list, funding opportunities, and an overview of the grand submission process. 
  • OVDR - Resources for Clinical Researchers (PDF) 
  • OVDR - Understanding Overhead (PDF)
  • Thinking about your Thinking (PDF)
  • USask Library Resources & Services for the College of Medicine (DOC)
  • Blanchard, R. D. , DeMeo, S. & Nagler, A. (2016). Primer for Submitting Health Professions Education Research to the IRB. Academic Medicine, 91 (12), e1-e1. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001436. Article link (NSID & password required).
  • Wang, F. Y. , Stankiewicz, C. A. , Bennett, N. L. & Myers, J. S. (2019). Hit the Ground Running: Engaging Early-Career Medical Educators in Scholarly Activity. Academic Medicine, 94 (11), 1837-1837. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002761. Article link (NSID & password required).
  • Fischer, Krisztina MD, PhD, MMSc; Kesselheim, Jennifer C. MD, MEd 23 Questions to Guide the Writing of a Quantitative Medical Education Research Proposal, Academic Medicine: July 11, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003660 Article link (NSID & password required).
  • Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning – To see the full list of workshops and short courses that GMCTL offers, visit their Courses and Workshops webpage, or view their calendar of current offerings.
  • View the Faculty Development events section on their website to see a full list of upcoming offerings.
  • View the Faculty Development website here for a list of various upcoming FD conferences world-wide. 
  • AAMC - 2021 Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) Workshops 



Dr. Rose Hatala, MD, MSc

Keynote: Tips for Success in Medical Education Research for the Busy Clinician'

Workshop (optional) 

Dr. Rose Hatala, MD, MSc & Dr. Sharon Card, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Workshop Title: Coaching Conversations in Competency-Based Education: where do our research questions lie?

Our very own RISE musician!

"Share the knowledge that you've earned. Tell everyone just what you've learned"
Helen Chang, Faculty Development Lead Regina, "RISE Jingle”

MERSD 2020

Medical Education Research & Scholarship Day (MERSD) was unfortunately canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

MERSD 2019

The 3rd annual MERSD (Medical Education Research and Scholarship Day) was held for the first time in Regina on June 7, 2019. We had 33 oral presentations in 3 streams: Curriculum, PG/CPD/CBME, and Enhancing Education; and 16 posters presented.  Our two plenary speakers - Dr. Francis Christian (Surgical Humanities) and Dr. Sara Kim (Conflict Management) - gave inspiring and thought-provoking lectures.

Michelle McCarron and Elan Paluck graciously acted as our adjudicators for the poster competition. The winner of this year’s poster competition was Regina’s Lindsay Edgington, CoM Pharmacy: Evaluation of a Pharmacy Department Continuing Education Framework (EDGE).  Congratulations to Lindsay, and co-authors Zack Dumont, Suzanne Len, and Kirsten Tangedal. 

Thanks to our staff in Regina & Saskatoon for their hard work setting up the day, especially Jeanette and the CoM staff, Kris, IT, and Darla & Katherine from CME.  Thanks to Dr. Stobart and Dr. McKague for their support, and to all who attended the event.

A bus full of Saskatoon attendees made the trip to Regina in style, with breakfast provided and FD programming too, bringing our total attendance to approximately 88 people for the day. We look forward to another great MERSD next year in Saskatoon! 

We would like to continue to encourage local faculty to access FD programs for support.  Thanks to Jeanette Bellavance, Kris Schoenhofen, Dr. Gill White, and our Saskatoon colleagues for their invaluable assistance!

Dr. Helen Chang

Faculty Development Lead, Regina

MERSD 2019

MERSD 2018

The second annual MERSD took place in Saskatoon June 8, 2018.

2018 MERSD Abstracts Booklet

MERSD 2017

The first annual MERSD took place in Saskatoon on June 2, 2017. 

External Conference Listing

 Upcoming Medical Education Conferences






Abstract Deadline

SCFP (Saskatchewan College of Family Physicians)

67th Annual Family Medicine Conference

Sep 17-18, 2021

Regina, SK


(The Consortium of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships) 

Annual CLIC Conference

October 10-13, 2021



(International Association for Communication in Healthcare) & ACH (Academy on Communication in Healthcare)

International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH)

October 17-20, 2021

Rio Mar, Puerto Pico


Harvard Macy Institute

A Systems Approach to Assessment in Health Professions Education

Oct 18-22, 2021



Harvard Medical School

Principles of Medical Education: Maximizing your Teaching Skills

 Oct 18-20, 2021



Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

ICRE 2021 (International Conference on Residency Education)

Oct 21-23, 2021

Ottawa, ON

College of Family Physicians of Canada

FMF 2021 (Family Medicine Forum)

Nov 10-13, 2021 

Toronto, ON

(Association of American Medical Colleges)

Learn Serve Lead 2021: The AAMC Annual Meeting 

Nov 5-9, 2021

San Antonio, Texas

CLIME / ICLEM (Canadian Leadership Institute for Medical Education)

CLIME 2.0 

Nov 15-17, 2021 


(North American Primary Care Research Group)

49th Annual Meeting

Nov 19-23, 2021

Quebec City, QC


World Conference of Family Doctors

November 25-28, 2021

Abu Dhabi, UAE

January 10, 2021

 Harvard Macy Institute

Program for Post-Graduate Trainees: Future Academic Clinician-Educators

December 11-13, 2021 


Application deadline: June 30, 2021 






Abstract Deadline

(Asian Pacific Medical Education Conference)

 Annual Conference

January 12-16, 2022


 Aug 25, 2021

University of California San Francisco

Developing Medical Educators of the 21st Century

Feb 2-3, 2022


(registration opens Oct 1, 2021)

Harvard Macy Institute

Transforming your Teaching for the Virtual Environment

Feb 15-Apr 21, 2022


Registration closes Dec 1, 2021

(Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education)

 Annual Meeting

TBA (typically held in February)



SRPC (Society of Rural Physicians of Canada)

28th Annual Rural and Remote Conference

April 21-23, 2022 

 Ottawa, Ontario


(Canadian Conference on Medical Education)

Annual Conference

April 23-26, 2022

Calgary, AB


(International Conference on Medical Education)

 ICME Virtual Conference

TBA (typically held in April)



(Association of American Medical Colleges)

 GEA Joint Regional Conference

 TBA (typicially held in April)



(Northern School of Medicine)

Northern Constellations Annual Faculty Development Conference

TBA (typicially held in April) 



(Society of Teachers in Family Medicine)

Annual Spring Conference

April 30 - May 4, 2022

 Indianapolis, Indiana


Harvard Macy Institute

PART 1 - Program for Educators in Health Professions 

May 2-6, 2022

TBA (in-person OR virtual) 


(Canadian Society of Physician Leadership)

Canadian Conference of Physician Leadership

May 6-7, 2022

Toronto, ON


KT Canada
(Knowledge Translation Canada)

KT Canada Annual Scientific Meeting

TBA (typically held in May)



(Canadian Medical Association)

 Health Summit Series

 TBA (typically held in May)



Harvard Macy Institute

PART 2- Program for Educators in Health Professions

May 9-14, 2022

Boston, MA

 Equity in Medicine

Equity in Medicine 2021 Conference: Overcoming Barriers in Medicine

 TBA (typically held in June)


(The International Association of Medical Science Educators)

25th Annual IAMSE Meeting 

 June 4-7, 2022

 Denver, CO

Focus Session Abstracts - Sep 1, 2021
Poster and Oral Abstracts - Dec 1, 2021

Harvard Macy Institute

 Program for Leading Innovations in Health Care & Education

 June 13-18, 2022


Deadline to apply: Feb 4, 2022

AHE Network
(Assessment in Higher Education)

Annual International AHE Conference

June 29 - July 1, 2022


(Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators)

Annual ANZAHPE Festival

TBA (typically held in July) 


(Assoc. for Medical Education in Europe)

AMEE Annual Conference

TBA (typically held in Aug)



International Conference on Physician Health

Oct 13-15, 2022 


ICRE 2022
(International Conference on Residency Education)

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Oct 27-29, 2022 

Montreal, QC

(Association of American Medical Colleges)

Learn Serve Lead 2022: The AAMC Annual Meeting  

Nov 11-15, 2022

Nashville, Tenn.

(North American Primary Care Research Group)

50th Annual Meeting

Nov 18-22, 2022

Phoenix, AZ






Conference Dates Location Abstract Deadline

(Canadian Conference on Medical Education)

Annual Conference Apr 15-18, 2023 Quebec City, QC

External Courses

The Physician Leadership Institute has various physician leadership courses through CMA.  More information

The University of Toronto Continuing Professional Development Certificate Program runs until June 2021 and will be taken virtually. More information

External Webinars

We belong to several medical education organizations (AMEE, IAMSE, AMCC) and can access many free webinars.  We can organize a viewing of an archived or live webinar for you or a group.  Keep an eye out in our regular programming for webinars that we are currently offering. All sessions are facilitated to encourage discussion of the local applications and implications and we are happy to arrange access for distributed sites.

For full upcoming Webinar details, please check out events section.

Webinars can be accessed from the following:

  • CAME Canadian Assoc for Medical Education
  • AMEE Association for Medical Education for Europe
  • Choosing Wisely
  • RCPSC – Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • AFMC – Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada
  • CHES – Centre for Health Education Scholarship UBC
  • AAMC – American Assoc of Medical Colleges
  • IAMSE International Assoc of Medical Science Educators
  • CFHI – Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

Track Your Thinking

Thinking about your thinking – click here to download and use this template to record  “process notes” to reflect on what you want to use or take away from this page.  This can be similar to writing a progress note on patient care.  Download this pdf and keep it as a record.  Write out your comments on what you are learning and come back to this from time to time to see how your thoughts and feelings are changing.  Review what you have written and re-comment on how you are applying what you are learning to your day to day practice.

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