MERIT Rounds

MERIT Rounds are the third Tuesday of every month in the David Braley Health Sciences Centre from 5:00 to 6:00pm.
The Rounds profile emerging topics of interest and controversy in health professions education. Using a facilitated, interactive format, local and international presenters share ideas for discussion and debate.


MERIT ThinkTank

MERIT thinkTank is an education research consultation service. The thinkTank is held the first Tuesday of every month in the David Braley Health Sciences Centre, from 12:00 to 1:30pm.

Education scholars working on a project or research design can request a consult. All MERIT Scientists attend, bringing diverse perspectives that include: cognitive psychology, social sciences, kinesiology, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, psychometrics, and more.

Interested in presenting your work at a MERIT ThinkTank? Complete the online application here.  


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  • MERIT Rounds - Big Data and Value Based Education (Dr. Martimianakis)

    Start 19 February, 2019 at 4 30 PM

    End 13 June, 2019 at 6 PM


    This talk will explore the social and political underpinnings of investing in big data to support medical educational practice. Big data promises to revolutionize how we keep track of learner performance and provide feedback to learners with great potential for enhancing the capacity of educators to provide personalized educational interventions.

  • MERIT ThinkTank - Antibiotics & URTIs

    Start 5 March, 2019, 12 PM

    End 1 30 PM


    We will conduct semi-structured interviews of McMaster family medicine residents and use a phenomenological approach to identify factors that influence whether they prescribe antibiotics. We hope to identify opportunities for educational intervention that can help decrease unnecessary antibiotic prescription in residency and beyond.

  • MERIT Rounds - Equity & Inclusion in McMaster’s MD Program (Dr. Rob Whyte)

    Start 19 March, 2019, 4 30 PM

    End 5 30 PM


    Dr. Whyte will explore some of the literature related to best practices in advancing equity and inclusion in medical education, and the process of resistance that prevent their adoption. These will be illustrated by examining the successes and ongoing forms of resistance to change with respect to the adoption of an equity based agenda in McMaster's MD Program.

  • "Trial by Fire": A Verbatim Theatre Performance

    Start 20 March, 2019, 7 PM

    End 8 PM


    This play is a part of a project studying moral empathy through medical residents' experiences in patient care.

  • Gender Equity in Academic Health Professions

    Start 21 March, 2019 at 1 PM

    End 13 June, 2019 at 11 30 AM


    Day 1: Academic careers and the influence of gender Day 2: Educational experiences, assessment and gender

  • MERIT ThinkTank - Class Diversity

    Start 2 April, 2019, 12 PM

    End 1 30 PM


    In recent years, Canadian medical schools have made efforts to create a more diverse medical student body as evidenced by Indigenous, Rural, and Black students streams. Despite these efforts, there has been a lack of admissions reform with respect to increasing representation of medical students from all SES backgrounds. Additionally, there has been no comprehensive research done on the current medical student body demographics with respect to SES, race, etc.

  • Simulation Rounds - When 'Right' Could be so Wrong

    Start 11 April, 2019, 8 AM

    End 9 AM


    At the intersection between teaching, research and clinical practice, Gerry Gormley is in a privileged position to identify, generate and apply new knowledge relating to educational practice.

  • Sibley Lecture - Stanley's Dream: The Canadian Medical Expedition to Easter Island

    Start 11 April, 2019, 4 30 PM

    End 6 PM


    In 1964-65, Montreal physician Stanley Skoryna led an international expedition of 38 scientists to the mysterious Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Captivated by the island's romance they aimed to survey the biosphere, germs, genes, culture and economy of humanity's most remote community.

  • Creating Space IX - Cultural Humility and Contemporary Medical Practice

    Start 12 April, 2019

    End 14 April, 2019


    How can humanities-based methodologies assist health professional learners and practitioners to develop cultural humility?

  • MERIT Rounds - Gender, Leadership and the Myth(s) of Meritocracy

    Start 12 April, 2019 at 12 AM

    End 13 April, 2019 at 12 AM


    In this presentation, we will further explore leadership as a gendered construct embedded within a network of social and organizational affordances. We will unpack the myth(s) of meritocracy that perpetuate gender inequities and discuss implications for leadership development at the individual, program and organizational levels.

  • Insight U - Formative Assessment for Practicing Critical Care Physicians

    Start 12 April, 2019 at 12 AM

    End 13 April, 2019 at 12 AM


    Insight U is a community of practice for simulation based learning in health care. The meeting is coordinated by Dr. Sandra Monteiro, Assistant Director of Research at the CSBL and Scientist with MERIT.

  • Norman Education Research Day 2019

    Start 12 April, 2019 at 12 AM

    End 13 April, 2019 at 12 AM


    This research day is dedicated to celebrating the rich history and future of HealthProfessions Education scholarship across the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University.

  • Simulation Rounds - Just Say 'No': Simulation Myths and Fails

    Start 12 April, 2019 at 12 AM

    End 13 June, 2019 at 12 AM


    It is easy to list the many benefits from healthcare simulation. But simulation can also cause harm. Safety, stereotyping, negative training, unintended 'hidden curriculum', expense, and more. Come and take a light hearted journey through the many mistakes I've made... and hope you can avoid some yourself.