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The CAME webinar series is designed to bring practical, evidence and experience-based advice to Canadian health educators.

Through these monthly Zoom-based CAME webinars, you can listen to presentations on key topics in health professional education and engage with an expert and colleagues in live discussions.

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Date: Thursday, May 21, 2024

Presentation 2: 12:00pm-1:00pm Pacific, (3:00pm-4:00pm Eastern)

Presenters: Dr. Vicky LeBlanc, University of Ottawa

Webinar Title: Taking the Weather into Account: Supporting Learning and Performance in Emotional Settings


Vicki LeBlanc, PhD, is the Chair and Professor of the Department of Innovation in Medical Education at the University of Ottawa. She has over 20 years experience leading research into a) the effects of emotions and stress on the performance of health professionals and frontline workers, and b) optimizing the use of simulation in health professions education. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and regularly presents her work nationally and internationally. In addition to her research program, she serves on the editorial boards of Advances in Health Sciences Education and Simulation in Healthcare.

Selected publications:

  • LeBlanc VR & Posner GD. (2022). Emotions in simulation-based education: friends or foes of learning? Advances in Simulation, 7(1), 3.
  • LeBlanc VR., McConnell MM, Monteiro SD. (2015) Predictable chaos: a review of the effects of emotions on attention, memory and decision making. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 20:265-282.


Emotions are central elements of healthcare practice and learning. Health professionals and trainees are constantly confronted with emotionally provoking situations: frustration at a perceived lack of professionalism by a colleague, sadness at an undesired patient prognosis, or happiness at witnessing recovery by a patient. In many of these emotionally laden situations, health professionals must obtain and interpret information, make judgments regarding treatment options with different benefits and risks, and remember important information. While emotional reactions are normal and often adaptive responses to our environments, they can sometimes impact the attention, memory, and decision-making processes required for patient care or learning. Overlooking the role of emotions in clinical practice is akin to not factoring in the weather in the study of aeronautics: one might learn valuable information about core processes, but fail to understand how the environment can critically affect these processes. The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how emotions influence cognitive processes, discuss the implications of these influences for clinical learning, followed by reflections about promising avenues for understanding and supporting learning in emotional contexts.

Learning objectives:

By the end of the session, attendees should be able to:

  • Describe the state of research on the relationship between emotions and cognitive skills;
  • Discuss the implications of emotions research for health professions education;
  • Describe strategies to support learning in emotional situations;

PDT Session: Integrating social accountability in the health professions education curricula

  • Tuesday June 25 2024, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom Platform