Society & Culture:Philosophy
Episode 28 - Medical Education with Lara Varpio
Our guide through Plato's Cave and medical education is Lara Varpio. Dr. Lara Varpio is Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Philadelphia and the Co-Director of Research in Medical Education at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She started these positions in 2022, after serving for 9 years at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Prior to that, She spent the first 6 years of her career at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Dr. Varpio’s research investigates how individuals (e.g., clinicians, patients, researchers, etc.) collaborate and perform in teams and organizations; she is interested in how individuals can shape larger groups and how groups shape individuals. Dr. Varpio uses qualitative methodologies and methods, integrated with theories from the Social Sciences and Humanities. Her most recent work is related to: (i) interprofessional care teams (e.g., how interprofessional collaboration can meaningfully contribute to the landscape of practice); and (ii) health professions education scholarship units and scholars (e.g., the factors affecting the success of these units in Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand). Dr. Varpio mentors many individual health professions educators from several specialties (e.g., surgery, pediatrics, nursing, social work, etc.) and in a wide range of topics (e.g., experiences of shame in medical learning, professional identity formation, etc.). Dr. Varpio is internationally recognized for her expertise in qualitative research methods and methodologies, and with many different theories.
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