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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: Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Presenters: Dr. Lara Varpio, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Biography :

Dr. Varpio is a professor at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. She is internationally recognized for her expertise in qualitative research methods and methodologies, and in theories from the social sciences and humanities. Her research has won national and international awards.  She has given invited talks at hospitals and medical schools around the world, and she has led invited sessions and given plenaries at some of the largest and most respected academic medicine conferences in the world.

​Dr. Varpio completed her PhD in 2007 at the University of Waterloo, Canada in collaboration with the Wilson Centre for Research in Education at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her award winning PhD research investigated the impact of Electronic Health Records on medical trainee socialization.

​Dr. Varpio spent the first 6 years of her career with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, Canada and the Academy for Innovation in Medical Education. Then, in 2013, Dr. Varpio moved to Washington DC, USA to work with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, serving there there until 2022.

​Dr. Varpio speaks in English, French, and Swedish, and she has lived in Canada, Sweden, the United States of America. In her free time, she enjoys singing, spinning, and spending time with her husband, two sons, and dog.


The success of my deficiencies: The impact of research failures on ourselves

Impact is often conceptualized as a one-way street: how does the researcher’s findings impact others. We measure how research manuscripts are “picked up” by other scholars or the media. We attend to how the knowledge we generated can be translated to practice. However, the impact game is played in two directions. We simply fail to acknowledge it. When our research goes well, the impact on the researcher is positive; we win awards, gain notoriety in our field, and have the satisfaction of knowing that we made a difference via our research efforts. But research does not always go well. Research can fail. When it does, the impact on us can be negative and profoundly felt. This session will offer reflections on how research failure impacts the individual scholar with an emphasis on how to harness our failures to become better researchers.

Learning objectives:

After this session participants will be able to:

  1. Acknowledge ways in which research can have impact on themselves as individuals and as scholars
  2. Describe at least one strategy for moving forwards after failure.
  3. Discuss how failures can originate from a variety of different sources (e.g., unintended consequences of research, errors of not doubly confirming, letting down mentees)


PDT Session -The success of my deficiencies: The impact of failures on ourselves

  • Tuesday June 06 2023, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom Platform