About Me

I’m Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Education and Innovation and Scientists at the McMaster Education Research, Innovation and Theory (MERIT) Program and McMaster University. My research program explores factors that influence agency among health professionals and learners. In other words, I spend my time thinking about affordances and barriers in our health and education systems that affect health professionals, and might prevent them from doing what they think is best for their patients and communities.

Prior to starting my formal research career at McMaster, I was a Research Associate at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. It’s a unique space, which afforded opportunities to make strong links between educational research, policy, and practice. I also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES), University of British Columbia, where I was lucky to work with top researchers in health professions education scholarship and develop my program of research.

Prior to my research career, I worked as an Instructional Designer and Faculty Developer, with a focus on interprofessional and simulation-based education. This work has deeply influenced my approach to teaching. I am committed to authentic approaches to teaching complex problems, such as community service learning (CSL). See my teaching portfolio for more details on teaching and curriculum design.

Renate Kahlke, PhD