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Adaptive expertise and transitions – from evidence to practice

Symposium 9 - Adaptive expertise and transitions – from evidence to practice

Date:  Sunday 29th August
Time:  2000 - 2130 (UK time)
Stream: Room 1


  • Paul de Roos, Uppsala University, Department of Neuroscience and Neurology, Sweden
  • Nikki Woods, The Wilson Centre, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Maria Mylopoulos, The Wilson Centre, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Bilge Nur Ozdemir, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
  • Irem Aktar, Istanbul University Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Turkey
  • Suleyman Yildiz, Mardin Derik State Hospital, Turkey

Summary: In transition from student to junior doctor and from resident to specialist, adaptive expertise is a construct that can help support adjustment to new levels of responsibility and complexity on the job. This is important for both patient care as well as the well-being of the junior doctor.

Adaptive expertise can be defined as the ability to adapt to uncertain, complex and novel situations while optimally problem-solving in routine situations. Explicit connection of “what” knowledge with “why” helps to create a mental framework that supports the development of adaptive expertise. Small changes in the learning environment can support the development of adaptive expertise.

This session brings together the state of the science of adaptive expertise, with fresh experiences from students and junior doctors who reflect on their education and work. The session will use current literature on clinical teaching and assessment and relate this to the development of adaptive expertise.  Using this as a foundation, students and junior doctors will discuss how their own development as adaptive experts has been supported by their teachers and the medical education system. We will conclude with further areas of research that need to be explored.

Who should participate: All involved in clinical education and postgraduate training.

What will they gain from participating: Students and Junior doctors will get concrete ideas on how to acquire adaptive expertise: how learning moments can be used better & how assessment can be helpful.

Clinical educators & leaders of residency programmes will get concrete ideas on how to improve their learning environments: better use of existing learning moments & how assessment can help.

Education researchers will hear ideas for further research.

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