Conceptualizing the Research Culture in Postgraduate Medical Education: Implications for Leading Culture Change
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By recognizing symbols of research culture in postgraduate medical education, educators and trainees can gain a deeper understanding of the existing culture and mechanisms for its transformation. First, I identify symbolic manifestations of the research culture through a case narrative of a single anesthesia residency program, and I offer a visual conceptualization of the research culture. In the second part, I theorize the application of Senge’s (1994) disciplines of a learning organization and discuss leverage for enhancing research culture. This narrative account is offered to inform the work of enhancing the broader research culture in postgraduate medical education.
KeywordsEducation, medical, graduate Research training Organizational culture Organizational learning Action research
The author wishes to thank Dr. Patrick Renihan for asking the candidacy exam question that inspired this paper.
Lownsborough Memorial Scholarship in Education College of Education, University of Saskatchewan 2011–2012; Educational Administration Graduate Scholarship, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan 2011–2012.
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This work was supported by the Lownsborough Memorial Scholarship in Education and the Educational Administration Graduate Scholarship, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan 2011–2012.
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