Health professions educators' system-oriented roles as educational advocate, quality improver, and broker

Koshila Kumar, Adrian Schoo

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    Introduction: Health professionals have many facets to their educational role. Although the teaching and student support dimensions of health professionals' educational role are highly visible in the literature, other nontraditional elements are not. This study presents a broader conceptualization of health professionals' educational role, with a focus on the strategic dimensions of their role. Methods: Participants were health professionals from different clinical backgrounds and teaching settings, with a formal role in education. Data were collected using a survey (n = 41) and interviews (n = 9), and this article focuses on reporting the qualitative findings of this study. Thematic analysis was used for data interpretation. Results: Health professionals have three strategic dimensions to their educational role. The first strategic dimension is educational advocacy, which is aimed at championing education at different levels and parts of the educational system and building educational capacity. The second strategic dimension is educational quality improvement which is focused on shifting narratives around education and educational change in health service settings and leveraging educational evidence. The final strategic dimension is educational brokerage which is oriented at connecting clinical and educational communities and building trust and consensus. Discussion: Beyond the microlevel of learning and teaching, health professionals engage in strategic work that is focused on the broader educational mission within health. Continuing professional development initiatives can empower health professionals to optimize these strategic and system-focused educational roles and responsibilities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)176-181
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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