A New Way to Conference: the ReThink Conference

ReThink Clinical Reasoning Conference

Join us to explore how we can change the way we think about clinical reasoning.

February 16, 2022 (10am-4pm ET)

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Conference Agenda Coming Soon!

The ReThink conference started with big ideas, drawing from multiple disciplines - we invite you to join us and explore ways to implement these ideas. Expand your research and professional network by engaging with a multidisciplinary group of scientists, clinicians, and educators to design the future of clinical reasoning.

A New Kind of Conference

Why should you come to the ReThink Conference?

The rethink conference starts with big ideas, drawing from multiple disciplines - we invite you to join us and explore ways to implement these ideas. Our inspiration was to think innovatively and break away from a traditional discourse about clinical reasoning - for some of us that tradition is steeped in a post-positivist, cognitive psychology paradigm.

We recognized that a growing concern over rising rates of clinical error was a strong motivating factor for continued education and research on clinical reasoning. However, we also felt limited by what we already know and our own expertise. To break free from these bounds, we decided to create an inclusive space to re-define the problem and innovate new solutions.

What is in store for the day?

On February 16th we will examine some new ideas from innovative thinkers and explore the complexities behind clinical reasoning. This is an opportunity to network with an international audience and share ideas with others who are passionate about clinical reasoning and improving equity in healthcare through knowledge translation and implementation science.

Conference Domains

The Conference Domains

There are four domains that will be the themes for our conference. Each is an examination of how clinical reasoning intersects with another key aspect of our society.

What has been done already?

Our organizing committee has recruited 3 writing teams to identify the critical factors that impact clinical reasoning now and in the future. Our social justice writing team is focused on the systemic challenges faced by patients in receiving equitable attention and resources in the clinical reasoning process. Our health systems writing team is focused on highlighting the importance of the context guiding patients to access healthcare services. Our technology writing team is focused on the potential for artificial intelligence and computer supports to modify, maybe even improve, the clinical reasoning process.

& Clinical Reasoning

Discussion Team Leads:

Dr. Laura Zwann
Dr. Matthew Sibbald

Health Systems
& Clinical Reasoning

Discussion Team Leads:

Dr. Andrew Olson
Dr. Shawn Mondoux

Social Justice
& Clinical Reasoning

Discussion Team Leads:

Dr. Al'ai Alvarez
Dr. Leslie Martin

& Clinical Reasoning

Conference Leads:

Dr. Catherine Tong
Dr. Sandra Monteiro

Abstract Submissions

Research on clinical reasoning that ignores the context of the healthcare system and challenges experienced by patients, such as barriers to access, or systemic bias, has very little impact on the future of clinical reasoning.

We are accepting submissions for e-posters to share examples of implementation studies that explored ways to improve clinical reasoning.

Quality improvement, patient safety, process improvement and patient advocacy studies are welcome.

Abstracts should be limited to 250 words and include a background, method and description of outcomes or program evaluation plans. Grand ideas, founded in theory, and works in progress are welcome.

All abstracts will be reviewed and the top 3 will be showcased as examples of novel solutions to old problems.

About the Conference

This is a joint program being offered by the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Office of Continuing Professional Development (Program for Faculty Development), and McMaster Education Research, Innovation, and Theory (MERIT).

Read more about our organizing committee here.