The Norman Education Research Day (NERD) is dedicated to celebrating the rich history and future of Health Professions Education research and scholarship across the Faculty of Health Sciences and McMaster University and is named after one of McMaster’s longstanding faculty, Dr. Geoff Norman. Dr. Norman is a Professor Emeritus, a Scientist at McMaster Education Research, Innovation & Theory (MERIT) program, and a member of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact.
MERIT thinkTank is an education research consultation service. The thinkTank is typically held the first Tuesday of every month from 12:00 to 1:30pm. Education scholars working on a project or research design can request a consult. All MERIT Scientists attend, bringing diverse perspectives that include: cognitive psychology, social sciences, kinesiology, qualitative and quantitative methodologies and more.
MERIT Rounds are typically held the third Tuesday of every month from 5:00 to 6:00pm. The Rounds profile emerging topics of interest and controversy in health professions education, including simulation, competency-based medical education, and more. Using a facilitated, interactive format, local and international presenters share ideas for discussion and debate. Questions from the audience are highly encouraged!