Living Laboratory Research Fund

Innovation, transformation and renewal

Dalhousie Medical School is experiencing an exciting period of innovation, transformation and renewal. It’s a "living laboratory", providing a wealth of unique research opportunities in a real world education context.

Following an enthusiatic engagement of researchers and educators at the DME's Research Retreat in June 2013, Dr. Tom Marrie, Dean of Medicine, identified funding to support:

  • fostering research and aligning evaluation with priority research themes
  • strengthening collaborative research teams positioned for new funding opportunities

This fund promotes and supports research and evaluation of the most important research questions across the undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development and medical education continuum at Dalhousie Medical School.

Congratulations to Recent Successful Applicants  

Congratulations to the successful applicants of the Dalhousie Medical Education 'Living Laboratory' Fund

The Dalhousie Medical Education Living Lab Scholarship Fund was established to build capacity and accelerate partnerships focused on addressing priority medical education needs and research questions. The focus for the current round of Living Lab funding is Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Medical Education.

Grant Recipients for this Cycle

  • Drs. Emma Burns and Ashley Martin, Emergency Medicine
  • Drs. Babar Haroon and Andrea Davenport, Critical Care and Internal Medicine
  • Dr. Lori Connors, Medicine
  • Dr. Joanna Zed, Family Medicine
  • Dr. Helena Piccinini-Vallis, Family Medicine
  • Dr. David Bowes, Postgraduate Medical Education
  • Drs. James Gould and David Hung, Emergency Medicine
  • Drs. Angela Cooper and Roberta Preston, Faculty Wellness, Continuing Professional Development and Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine

We wish our successful grant recipients and their teams all the best with their medical education endeavours!

Research Arising from the 2020 Funding Cycle:

An Update for Those with Living Lab Grants in This Cycle:

We recognize that many LL project activities may be disrupted or delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you feel you will be unable to complete your research under the timelines originally specified, please reach out to Dr. Sarah Burm ( and Dr. Anna MacLeod ( with a revised timeline. We will work with you to the best of our ability to accommodate your needs. 

Proposals funded: Ten (listed below alphabetically by PI)

  • Mark Bosma, Cheryl Murphy, Mandy Esliger, Janice Chisholm -- Integrated Video Simulation and Role Play: Exploring a Novel Faculty Development Approach to Teach Assessment and Feedback Skills.
  • David Bowes, Cindy Shearer, Sarah Manos -- Speaking up for Patient Safety: Overcoming Individual and Contextual Barriers during Residency.
  • Paula Cameron, Constance LeBlanc, Anna MacLeod, Roger McLeod, Anne Mahalik, Shawna O’Hearn,  Christy Simpson -- “Head of the Class”: Equity Policies, Practices and Discourses Related to Department Chair Appointments in the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine.
  • Lori Connors, Heather MacLeod, Cindy Shearer, Jenny Acuna -- What Happens After a Resident’s Communications Skills Assessment Reveals Low Scores on Skills Practice Cases? Following Up with Residency Program Directors.
  • Lori Connors, Stephen Miller, Cindy Shearer -- Preparation for the MCCQEII: Lessons Learned from Introduction of a Preparatory Session for Residents
  • Lara Hazelton, Mandy Esliger, Heather Milliken -- Perceptions Regarding the Communication Skills of Grand Rounds Presenters; Does Gender Play a Role?
  • Anne Mahalik, Lisa Bonang, Sarah Burm -- Developing a Multi-perspective Understanding of Interactive Learning in CPD.
  • Daria Manos, Laura Stiles-Clarke, Janice Chisholm, David Bowes, Ash Wiley -- Learning to Teach: Development and Evaluation of an Oral Presentation Skills Module for Diagnostic Imaging Residents
  • Stephen Miller, Kelly Lackie, Lorri Beatty, Marion Brown, Melissa Helwig, Shauna Houk, Leanne Picketts, Peter Stilwell -- Interprofessional Collaboration between Health Professional Learners when Breaking Bad News: A Scoping Review
  • Wendy Stewart, Peggy Wheaton; Sue King -- Changing Our Interactions One Team at a Time.