Workshop Abstract

International Health Professions Education (HPE)


Sean Tackett, Dora Stadler, Sophia Archuleta, Joseph Confrancesco, & Halah Ibrahim.


By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

The Problem: 

Health professions education (HPE) is globalizing rapidly, as exemplified by regular international exchanges, more institutional partnerships, and a movement to standardize educational outcomes worldwide. Educators have more opportunities than ever before to learn in the context of diverse collaborations and contribute to advancing the scholarship and practice of HPE internationally. The problem is that international collaborations are complex; educators are busy and may not know how to take advantage of these opportunities.

The Approach:

We propose this workshop to share lessons we have learned from our experiences with international HPE scholarship and give participants a starting point for doing so themselves. We also hope that by getting to know participants, we can remain in contact and provide support to them as they attempt to navigate the international HPE landscape.

The Instructional Methods:

In the first 15 minutes, we will begin by introducing ourselves, briefly describing the macro trends that are pushing toward globalization in HPE, and providing a framework for types of international HPE scholarship. We will share illustrative examples related to each of Boyer’s 4 forms of scholarship - research/discovery, integration, application, and teaching.  For the next 20 minutes, we will facilitate breakout groups that give participants the chance to consider why they might pursue international HPE scholarship, the potential barriers they could face, and ways to overcome those barriers. In the concluding 10 minutes, we will have each small group share key points from their discussions, focusing on the next steps that they could take. We will supplement this discussion with tips from our own experiences.