The Department of Surgery at the University of Alberta is a national leader in the field of surgical education.

What are we working on right now? We have a number of ongoing projects in the areas of curriculum development, online education, assessment and professional identity development.

Here is a selection of our recent publications:

CanMEDs and the discourse of nature: on petals, beauty and the symmetry of flowers in the training of physicians. J White, S Erichsen. Canadian Medical Education Journal, 2012 (in press).

It’s on my iPhone”: attitudes to the use of mobile computing devices in medical education, a mixed-methods study. S Wallace, M Clark, J White. BMJ Open 2012;2:e001099 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001099.

The Application of Wiki Technology in Medical Education. A Rasmussen, M Lewis, J White. Medical Teacher 2012 (in press)

 “If You Can’t Handle Death …” B Stauffer, J White. Acad Med. 2012 Jun; 87(6):791.

How Tired is Too Tired? A Case Report. E Zdrill, J White. Journal of Surgical Education, 2012 (in press). 15 June 2012, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2012.05.009

Preparing students for clerkship: A resident shadowing program . S Turner, J White, T Rogers, C Poth. Academic Medicine 2012 (in press). Jul 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Learning professionalism in a near-peer shadowing program: A mixed methods randomized control trial. S Turner, J White, T Rogers, C Poth. Medical Teacher 2012 (in press)

“What Do They Want Me To Say?” The hidden curriculum at work in the medical school selection process: a qualitative study. J White, JF Lemay, K Brownell, J Lockyer.  BMC Medical Education 2012, 12:17 .

12 Tips for Developing a Near-Peer Shadowing Program to Prepare Students for Clinical Training. S Turner, J White, C Poth. Medical Teacher 2012 (in press)

Team-based assessment of medical students in a clinical clerkship is feasible and acceptable. N Sharma, Y Cui, JP Leighton, J White.Medical Teacher 2012, 34:7, 555-561.

Podcasting: A Technology, not a Toy. J White, N Sharma.  Advances in Health Sciences Education 2012, 17.

Exploring surgeons’ perceptions of the role of simulation in surgical education: a needs assessment. M Clark, J White, M Carbonaro, S King. Canadian Medical Education Journal 2011;2(2):e44-e52.

DeclaringJ White. Medical Humanities. 10.1136/medhum-2011-010060. Published Online First: August 2011. PMID 21856960.

“A Chance To Show Yourself” – how do applicants approach medical school admissions essays? J White, JF Lemay, K Brownell, J Lockyer. Medical Teacher 2011;33(10):e541-e548.

Surgery 101: Evaluating the use of podcasting in a general surgery clerkship. J White, N Sharma. Medical Teacher, 2011;33(11):941-3.

Group of seven: eMERGing from the wilderness together. J Walton, J White, K Stobart, A Oswald, M Lewis, M Clark. Medical Education.2011;45(5):528.

The use of reflective writing in exploring student experiences in Surgery. J White. Journal of Surgical Education 2008 Nov;65:(6):518-520.