Unit 2 | Module 3

Setting and Defending your Methodological Choices

Welcome to the end of unit 2. In this module you will explore how theory interfaces with your study design and how to think about selecting and creating your study methods.

Defending your Methods

In this podcast you will explore the ways in which you may need to message and explain your methodological choices. In this episode, Drs. Sandra Monteiro & Teresa Chan discuss the ways in which you might explain and/or defend your methodological choices.

Theory, Theoretical Frameworks, and Conceptual Frameworks

In this podcast you will explore how theory intersects with health professions education research and scholarship. Drs. Teresa Chan and Lara Varpio take you through these concepts together.

Featured Education Scholars

Dr. Lara Varpio is Professor of Medicine, and Associate Director of Research for the Health Professions Education graduate degree program at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). She also holds adjunct status at McMaster University. She is a co-host of the KeyLIME podcast.

Dr. Teresa Chan (@TChanMD) is an associate professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at McMaster University. She is the assistant dean for McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD). She is an avid scholar in health professions education and works with the MERIT group (@MERIT_McMaster), and conducts research and scholarship within this area.

Suggested Readings:

  1. Varpio L, Paradis E, Uijtdehaage S, Young M. The distinctions between theory, theoretical framework, and conceptual framework. Academic Medicine. 2020 Jul 1;95(7):989-94. Get it Mac | See on Academic Medicine

  2. Bordage G. Conceptual frameworks to illuminate and magnify. Medical education. 2009 Apr;43(4):312-9. Get it Mac | See on Medical Education

  3. Bordage G, Lineberry M, Yudkowsky R. Conceptual frameworks to guide research and development (R&D) in health professions education. Academic Medicine. 2016 Dec 1;91(12):e2 Get it Mac | See on Academic Medicine