Teaching, Learning and Practice: Exploring how to optimize learning in the professions using cognitive psychology, education science and social science perspectives. 


Theme Lead: Dr. Maria Mylopoulos

Scientist and Associate Director of Training Programs, The Wilson Centre, UHN 

Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto 

Curriculum Scientist, Undergraduate Medical Education & Medical Psychiatry Alliance (MPA) 


Dr. Mylopoulos’ research program explores the development and maintenance of expertise, with a particular focus on how health professionals deal with uncertainty, novelty and complexity in their daily clinical problem solving. The aim of her research is to evolve understanding of the knowledge and capabilities that underpin this facet of expertise as it occurs in real-world contexts using theoretical frameworks of clinical reasoning and adaptive expertise. The ultimate goal of her research is to translate this understanding to educational design that promotes the development of exceptional clinicians who are able to handle the complexities and challenges of the healthcare workplace. 


Societies, Systems and Structures: Exploring how the organizational and social structures of health professional education and clinical settings impact education practice and theory. 


Theme Lead: Dr. Paula Rowland

Scientist, The Wilson Centre, MD Education, and TIER

Associate Professor (status), Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto


Dr. Rowland’s research explores dynamics of knowledge, power and identity in changing health care workplaces. With a focus on learning and change, she has a particular interest in exploring improvement work in health care organizations. The aim of her research is to understand how workplaces are changing and the potential implications for care work and for care workers. Ultimately, the goal of her research is to use insights from the social sciences to create the best places to give and receive care. 


Technology, Innovation and Simulation: Exploring how innovations in technology, including simulation and artificial intelligence, change the learning and practice experiences of health professionals. 


Theme Lead: currently open