The integration of basic and clinical sciences remains a constant challenge for educators and scholars across the health professions. “Curriculum integration” is therefore a popular concept but one that has multiple – and occasionally conflicting – meanings. This presentation will review how curriculum integration can be misunderstood basic science teachers, clinical teachers and students. I will highlight different perspectives on the concept of curriculum integration at various levels of analysis and will reconcile these perspectives using theories of learner cognition and expertise development.
About the Speaker
Nicole N. Woods, PhD is Senior Director, Education and Research Integration and Scientist & Associate Director of The Wilson Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto at University Health Network. Dr. Woods joined the University of Toronto in 2006 and leads a successful program of research in health professions education. A cognitive psychologist by training, her work focuses on the role of biomedical knowledge in clinical reasoning and the value of basic science training in the development of medical expertise. Dr. Woods is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and an Education Scientist in the Office of Education Scholarship. In 2017, Dr. Woods was appointed the inaugural Scientific Director of the Research Institute for Healthcare Education at UHN.