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Anne Wong, Jessica Shearer presenting CHEPA seminars

13 May 2014

CHEPA’s seminar series doubles up following the May long weekend, with presentations on both Wednesday May 21 and Thursday May 22.

Dr. Anne Wong, Associate Professor in McMaster’s Department of Anesthesia and Assistant Dean, Program for Faculty Development, will speak about International Medical Graduates: Policy and Culture on Wednesday May 21.

In addition to her medical training, Wong holds a PhD in international and comparative education. She completed her Masters of Education in 2003 and, in the same year, received an AMS/Wilson Senior Fellowship Award to support her research in international medical graduate recertification experiences.  She expanded this research in collaboration with researchers from Australia. She received her PhD in 2009 from the Ontario Institute for Studies and Education at the University of Toronto.  Her PhD thesis, which compared anesthesia residency training in Thailand and Canada, was awarded the Comparative and International Education Society Higher Education Best Dissertation Award in 2010.

Wong’s research interests include international medical graduates and culture in medical education in the context of globalization.

On May 22, Jessica Shearer, a recent graduate of McMaster’s Health Policy PhD Program and a visiting scholar at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, returns to CHEPA to speak about Network approaches to modelling the exchange and use of research evidence in health policy decision-making.

Shearer’s research stems from the perspective that despite empirical data demonstrating that research evidence is more likely to be used by policy-makers if they have interpersonal relationships with researchers, and claims that evidence exchange is a ‘social process,’ there have been no explicit explorations of the social dimension of evidence-informed policy-making.

Her seminar will discuss the results of a project that measured the networks of policy actors’ interactions and information exchanges across three policy issues in Burkina Faso. Researchers found that the exchange of research evidence was better predicted by structural variables in network models than by individual attributes, and that exchanges were positively and linearly associated with use at the actor-level. However, exchanges and individual-level use did not necessarily translate to instrumental use by the aggregate network, hinting at the other social processes at play in policy choice. These findings will be explored in detail in order to suggest a research agenda for network interventions to support evidence use in policy-making.

The seminars on both May 21 and May 22 will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in CRL B119. All are welcome. The seminars will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend.

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