The Dangerous Pursuit of Independence: Implications for Health Care Practice and Education

Lecture by: Dr. Glenn Regehr

The notion of independent practice as a goal for expert clinicians is embedded in many of our educational and clinical approaches. It is explicit in our model of training as “progressive independence”. It is implicit in our efforts to instill in our learners the skills and attitudes of independent self-regulation. And it is deeply embedded in our students’ construction of the hallmark clinician as the “go to” person who is asked the hard questions and has all the answers.

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Dr. Glenn Regehr is Professor, Department of Surgery Associate Director (Research), Centre for Health Education Scholarship University of British Columbia. He obtained his PhD in cognitive science from McMaster University in 1993. During his career in the field of health professions education, Dr. Regehr has been heavily involved in the development of, and held leadership positions within, three HPE research units across Canada: The University of Toronto Wilson Centre, The University of Ottawa Academy of Innovation in Medical Education and the University of British Columbia Centre for Health Education Scholarship.