The Future of Health Care Work  

Come explore how education and education science might address some of the most pressing challenges in healthcare workplaces. In an interconnected world of rapidly emerging technologies, shifting expectations of patients and the public, and increasing pressures on healthcare workers, we know the future of healthcare work is changing. With a focus on the connections between change and learning during these transformations, this discussion group will be a vital and interactive community interested in what education science has to offer our current and future workforce. This group is being led by Paula Rowland, Scientist at TIER and the Wilson Centre and theme lead for Societies, Systems, and Structures at TIER.

Upcoming Events

New events will be posted soon.

Past Journal Club Events

Robots Won't Save Japan: Author Talk

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 | Zoom: Robots Won't Save Japan: Author Talk

Reading: Wright, James. Robots Won't Save Japan: An Ethnography of Eldercare Automation, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2023. doi:

Cover: Robots Won't Save Japan  

Will robots replace care work? The better question might be: How will robots transform the work of those already giving and receiving care? Join the Future of Work Special Interest Group at The Institute for Education Research (TIER@UHN) to hear from James Wright. We will be exploring his new book: Robots Won't Save Japan.

No previous robotics experience needed! You can pre-read Dr. Wright's book and/or some of his writing in MIT Technology Review or his recent podcast on Tech Won't Save Us.

Industry's Role in Practice-based Education

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 | Zoom: Industry's Role in Practice-based Education

Reading: Grundy Q, Hart D, Perkins-Meingast B, Heesters AM, Miller FA. Outsourcing practice-based education: The role of industry representatives and implications for clinical expertise. Healthcare Management Forum. 2023;0(0). doi:10.1177/08404704231173552

In an era of significant human and fiscal constraints, hospitals increasingly rely on industry representatives to fill gaps related to practice-based education. Given their dual sales and support functions, the extent to which education and support functions are, or ought to be, fulfilled by industry representatives is unclear. Join lead author Dr. Quinn Grundy to discuss the findings of a recent qualitative study conducted at a large, academic medical centre in Ontario, Canada to understand the range of ways that industry representatives are involved in practice-based education and the nature of the downstream effects of industry involvement.

Dr. Quinn Grundy  

Quinn Grundy, PhD, RN, is Assistant Professor with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Dr. Grundy's research explores the interactions between medically-related industry and public health systems and the impacts on the delivery of health services, health evidence, and consumer health information. Dr. Grundy is the author of Infiltrating Healthcare: How Marketing Works Underground to Influence Nurses (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018) which details the first in-depth study of the ways that registered nurses interact with pharmaceutical and medical device company representatives.

Tabletop Simulation

Monday, May 1, 2023 | Zoom: Tabletop Simulation

Reading: Brydges, R., Nemoy, L., Ng, S. et al. Getting everyone to the table: exploring everyday and everynight work to consider 'latent social threats' through interprofessional tabletop simulation. Adv Simul 6, 39 (2021).

Dr. Ryan Brydges  

Drawing upon insights developed in an earlier institutional ethnography, these authors created a tabletop simulation that allowed participants to examine their own work in ways that no other simulation permits. This methodology has great potential to identify opportunities for change. Come discuss this paper and hear about this innovative simulation approach from the lead author, Dr. Ryan Brydges.

This session will be facilitated by Paula Rowland with guest speaker Ryan Brydges.

Video-Reflexive Ethnography

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | Zoom: Video-Reflexive Ethnograhy

Carroll, K., Mesman, J., McLeod, H., Boughey, J., Keeney, G., & Habermann, E. (2021). Seeing what works: identifying and enhancing successful interprofessional collaboration between pathology and surgery. J Interprof Care, 35(4), 490-502.

Paula Rowland  

Dr. Paula Rowland, PhD is a Scientist at The Institute for Education Science, The Wilson Centre, University Health Network and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and the Institute of Health Policy Management at the University of Toronto. Paula's research concerns the shifts in professional workplaces. Paula uses theories and tools from the social sciences to better understand what these shifts imply for the future of professional work. Paula is also interested in sociocultural approaches to understanding learning and practice within clinical workplaces. These include dynamics of the clinical learning environment, practice-based learning, workplace learning, knowledge mobilization, and continuing professional development.

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