Dr. Sarah BurmPhD

Assistant Professor

Sarah Burm

Related Information:

Email: sarah.burm@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-7045
Fax: 902-494-1479
Mailing Address: 
C-106 Clinical Research Centre, 5849 College Street, PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Sociomaterial approaches to medical education
  • Social accountability
  • Reconciliation work
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion in medical education
  • Coaching in medical education


  • PhD (Western University)
  • MEd (Western University)
  • BEd (University of Ottawa)
  • BA (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Brief bio

Dr. Sarah Burm is as an Assistant Professor and Education Research Scientist in the Faculty of Medicine. She completed her PhD in Educational Studies in 2017 (Western University) and spent the first three years of her career working at the Centre for Education Research & Innovation (CERI) at Western University before moving to Dalhousie University in September 2019. Her developing research program cuts across multiple domains of inquiry: social accountability, teaching and assessment, and professional identity formation.

Research interest

Dr. Burm’s current research explores the realities of implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action in medical education. She is particularly interested in gaining a better understanding around what it means to meaningfully ally with Indigenous peoples. She is currently the Principal Investigator on a Medical Education Research Grant funded by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Selected publications:

  • Burm, S., Sebok-Syer, S., Van Koughnett, J.A., & Watling, C.W. (2020). Are we generating more assessments without added value? Surgical trainees’ perceptions of and receptiveness to cross-specialty assessment. Perspectives on Medical Education (in press).
  • Burm S & MacLeod A. (2020). A sense of sociomaterialism: How sociomaterial perspectives might illuminate health professions education. Focus on Health Professions Education, 21(1), 1-12.
  • Burm, S., Sebok-Syer, S., Lingard, L., Van Hooren, T., Chahine, S., Goldszmidt, M., & Watling, C.W. (2019). You want me to assess what? Faculty perceptions of assessing residents from outside their specialty. Academic Medicine, 94(10), 1478-1482.
  • Burm, S., Boese, K., Faden, L., DeLuca, S., Hibbert, K., Huda, N., & Goldszmidt, M. (2019). Recognizing the importance of informal communication events in improving collaborative care. BMJ Quality & Safety 28, 289-295.
  • Burm, S., Faden, L., DeLuca, S., Hibbert, K., Huda, N., & Goldszmidt, M. (2019). Using a sociomaterial approach to generate new insights into the nature of interprofessional collaboration: Findings from an inpatient medicine teaching unit. Journal of Interprofessional Care 33(2), 153-162.


  • Canadian Association for Medical Education
  • American Educational Research Association


  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Education, Acadia University.  January 2020 - Present.
  • Assistant Professor, Continuing Professional Development/Division of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University.  September 2019 - Present.
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Western University.  November 2018 - Present.
  • Education Specialist, Centre for Education Research & Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.  2017 - 2019.
  • Sessional Faculty, Faculty of Education, Wilfrid Laurier University.  2017 - 2019


  • Master Class on Effective Writing and Dissemination of Innovations. Continuing Professional Development course. Western University
  • Master Class on Writing Research for Publication. Continuing Professional Development course. University of British Columbia
  • Graduate Education, Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Education
    • EU 502 Interpreting Research in Education

Service & Activities

  • Chair, Trailblazers in Medical Education (TIME) Visiting Scholars Program Committee
  • Chair, Dr. Karen Mann Lectureship in Medical Education Planning Committee
  • Chair, Dalhousie University CPD/DME Living Laboratory Grants
  • Member, Dalhousie University Health Sciences Research Ethics Board
  • Reviewer, Early Career Medical Educators Awards Committee, Canadian Association for Medical Education,