Knowledge to practice: how do we transfer educational knowledge into medical education practice?

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The importance of knowledge transfer has long been acknowledged in health professions (such as medicine, nursing and allied health fields) and in education, but its importance in health professions education (HPE) has received little focused interest. The reasons for this are unclear, but may reflect the different jargon between the people who do educational research and the people who consume or apply the research outcome, medical teachers’ lack of educational background, poor quality of educational research.
A few previous studies show barriers and facilitators of research utilisation within Medical education.1, 2 But knowledge transfer within HPE is not really well researched. It is necessary to know how HP teachers incorporate educational initiatives into their practice to improve teaching, learning and assessment.
I am starting with a scoping literature review to which I am taking a grounded theory qualitative approach. Questions I have developed include: How to build a bridge from researchers/knowledge generators to health professions educators? Which metaphors or analogies work to transfer medical educators’ discipline-based knowledge to medical education?
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventROGANO - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 31 Aug 20171 Sept 2017 › images › Rogano_2017_Case_presentations (case presentations)


Other"In 2010, over a dinner in Glasgow, UK, colleagues from The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland and Canada discussed how best to develop an international collaboration between medical education research groups. The idea of having an annual meeting running adjacent to the AMEE conference was proposed and the Rogano Meeting was born.

The main focus of Rogano is the development of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers within a climate of high-level, international, scholarly debate.

The objectives of Rogano are:
Expanding the international network of fellow researchers in medical education
Considering dilemmas regarding your own research
Entering into vibrant scientific discussion, to gain knowledge and ideas to inform your own research."
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  • medical education
  • theoretical frameworks
  • research utilisation


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