Scholarly Practice

CHAT Series:
Scholarly Identity

CHAT stands for Conversations in Healthcare, Academia, and Teaching.  This is a group-based discussion program that will feature key topics set for by a unified group of organizers on a given theme.  After a successful pilot in Fall 2020, we have decided to expand the CHAT series. The version of the CHAT program will be a series that focuses on recognizing different academic career trajectories and understanding how to develop your own academic brand. 

Each session will have a standard format:

The following are the dates and times for this 2021 CHAT series:

1) Scholarly Identity & Programs of Research
📅 Thursday, February 18th, 12:00 pm (noon)
Discussant: Michelle Howard & Teresa Chan

2) Building your Academic Brand
📅Tuesday, April 20th, 12:00 pm (noon)
Discussants: Jonathan Sherbino & Shawn Mondoux

3) Pivoting and Changing your Research Program and Scholarly Identity
📅Tuesday, May 18th, 12:00 pm (noon)
Discussants: Lehana Thabane & Jeffrey Weitz

💻 All are Zoom Virtual Events

Having a clear scholarly identity can help faculty members foster opportunities to do more of the work they want, and be more successful doing it. This series aims to bring together scholars from different professional backgrounds and with different research programs in health sciences, to discuss their scholarly identities and the trajectories through which they arrived. 

Each workshop will be an interactive chance for faculty members to reflect on and articulate their scholarly identity and how they can employ it to increase their success and fulfillment in academia. The Winter/Spring 2021 series will entail three sessions, but they are meant to be drop-in sessions, and do not require prior attendance. 

We will be welcoming faculty of all levels for them to attend these sessions and participate in our discussion. Students and trainees all throughout the spectrum will also be welcomed.

Organizing Committee 

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.

Michelle Howard (@mhoward101) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Associate Member in the HEI department at McMaster University, and an adjunct scientist at ICES. Her background is in epidemiology and health services research. Her research is on planning for serious illness or end of life, and understanding how primary care settings and communities can be organized to ensure quality end-of-life care. 

Elizabeth Alvarez (@DrLizAlvarez) is an experienced family/public health physician and Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI) at McMaster University. She also holds a certificate in cognitive behavioural therapy (CMCBT). Her research uses policy analysis and qualitative and mixed methods for applied knowledge translation, spanning the role of context in evidence

informed decision making, public health topics, sustainable health behaviour

change across the lifespan, and multidisciplinary care.

Accreditation Statement

McMaster University, Continuing Health Sciences Education Program (CHSE) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide CFPC Mainpro+ and RCPSC Maintenance of Certification (MOC) study credits for Continuing Medical Education. 

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the McMaster University Continuing Health Sciences Program for up to 3 Mainpro+ credits (1 Mainpro+ credit per session)

This activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by McMaster University, Continuing Health Sciences Education Program for up to 3 MOC Section 1 hours (1 MOC Section 1 hour per session)

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at

Interested in organizing a CHAT series?

CHAT stands for Conversations in Healthcare, Academia, and Teaching. This is a group-based discussion program that will feature key topics set for by a unified group of organizers on a given them. We are welcoming of faculty members who wish to organize a similar series for their area of interest or need. Please contact us at to propose a new CHAT series.