McMaster University - Peter George Centre for Living & LearningHamilton, ON, Canada

Norman Education Research Day 2022

By MERIT McMaster (other events)

Wednesday, June 8 2022 9:00 AM 3:15 PM EDT

Join us for the annual Norman Education Research Day IN PERSON at the Peter George Centre for Living & Learning (McMaster University main campus).

Livestream option (Zoom) is available (keynote & closing panel only) for those who are unable to join in person (at the time of the event, click 'View Livestream' on your digital ticket).

8:00-9:00am - Registration & Coffee
9:00-10:15am  - Welcome & Keynote with Facilitated Q&A
10:15-11:30am - Oral Presentations
11:30-11:45am - Break
11:45am-1:00pm  - Oral Presentations
1:00-2:00pm - Networking Lunch and Poster Sessions
2:00-2:15pm - Awards Ceremony
2:15-3:15pm - Closing Panel & Remarks

Keynote: Failure to fail phenomenon: What are we thinking?
Dr. Andrea Gingerich

Sometimes trainees who should have failed were not failed. Sometimes it is because they did not receive failing assessments when they were underperforming. Often preceptors are blamed for being reluctant or unwilling to provide those failing assessments. However, efforts to glean assessment information withheld by preceptors have not been entirely successful. In this presentation we will examine failure to fail phenomenon through the lens of rater cognition to discuss ways in which preceptors might be misbehaving and also how they might be misunderstood.

Closing Panel
Dr. Andrea Gingerich, Dr. Walter Tavares, Dr. Anita Acai
Facilitator: Dr. Sandra Monteiro

About Dr. Andrea Gingerich
Dr. Andrea Gingerich is an assistant professor in the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. She teaches within the University of British Columbia’s Northern Medical Program and is a scholar with the Centre for Health Education Scholarship. She is a health professions education researcher who studies how preceptors think while assessing, supervising, and maintaining boundaries with others. Born and raised in Huron County, where the livestock outnumber the people, Andrea draws on eclectic learnings to share candid perspectives on contentious issues in medical education.

About Dr. Walter Tavares
Dr. Walter Tavares is an Assistant Professor and Scientist at the Wilson Centre and MD Education, in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and University health Network. Dr. Tavares’ program of research explores performance based assessment of clinical competence in simulation and work-based settings, with a focus on rater/observer contributions, validity and philosophical positions informing and shaping assessment in health professions education.

About Dr. Anita Acai
Dr. Anita Acai is an assistant professor and education scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. She is an interdisciplinary researcher whose work combines qualitative and quantitative methods to understand and address issues related to physician equity and wellbeing. Dr. Acai conducts research in the areas of assessment, learner engagement in classroom-based teaching sessions, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is currently the Interim Coordinator of RISE (Researching the Impact of Service Provider Education) Project ( within the Offord Centre for Child Studies. To learn more, please visit