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Taking the lead: how to kick-start your research career in health professions education

Day: Sunday 28 August
Time: 1330-1630
Venue: Lyon Congress Centre

Presenters: Lara Teheux1, Isha Crossley2, Ardi Findyartini3, Lara Varpio4, Subha Ramani5, Cees van der Vleuten6
1 Radboudumc Amalia Children's Hospital, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2 Isala Hospital, Zwolle, The  Netherlands
3 Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
4 Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Maryland, USA
5 Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
6 Department of Educational Development and Research, Maastricht  University, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Background: Research in health professions education (HPE) is gaining momentum and recognition as a distinct research arena, and there are many avenues to engage  and grow in this space. However, it is precisely this space for expansion that can be daunting for many novice researchers. This workshop aims to provide strategies to help you kick-start your research career in health professions education.
Who Should Participate: This workshop is targeted to early career researchers: PhD candidates, post-doctoral researchers, and anyone interested in kick-starting their research career in health professions education.
Structure of Workshop: The workshop will be highly interactive, allowing participants to take advantage of the experiences of international peers and a diverse group of experienced facilitators. After a brief introduction, participants will be stimulated to reflect on their passion, their personal strengths and weaknesses, and the opportunities and threats in their research career through a series of interactive exercises. Participants will then be guided by expert facilitators towards envisioning their research identity and plan based on those reflections. Next, we will present tips on developing an ‘elevator pitch’ to describe their research; participants will get a chance to practice their pitch with others and to get constructive feedback. Building on this, we will discuss ideas: to create an international developmental (mentoring) network; to find and join a community of researchers; and to make the most of AMEE to advance a research career. The second half of the session will feature a world cafĂ© format, where participants will be able to exchange ideas on overcoming challenges in their research career with peers and experienced researchers. We will end the session with a meet and greet with inspirational research leaders, where participants will have the opportunity to ask burning questions about their careers and the topics discussed earlier in the session.
Intended Outcomes:

  • Participants will be motivated to craft their own research careers in a systematic and thoughtful way

  • Participants will learn and apply a variety of strategies to advance their research careers

  • Participants will be prepared to  identify and join a community of researchers and engage in collaborative scholarship

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