Professor and Director of Education Research and Scholarship
General Internal Medicine
Group Website:
Jim Pattison Pavilion North 3324
950 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Vision Statement:

My aim is to encourage and support inter-professional, interdisciplinary, and international collaboration for the dual purposes of strengthening health professional education research as a scientific field of study in its own right and optimizing the field’s contributions to the educational and clinical practices of the health professions.

Research Interests:

Health professional education; Assessment and Selection; Clinical reasoning; Continuing professional development; Human judgement

Research Summary:

My current research interests are broadly defined within the context of research into educational practices within the health professions. They span the career of health professionals including research into the development, maintenance, and assessment of competence and expertise, the selection of students for health professional training programs, clinical reasoning strategies, performance assessment, and the role of self-regulation in professional practice.

More specifically, my research focuses on: (1) The value and limits of subjectivity, (2) The promotion and assessment of non-academic characteristics in professional practice, (3) The context specific nature of performance, (4) The conceptualization, nature, and use of self-assessment, (5) The psychological processes that impact upon one’s responsiveness to feedback, and (6) The nature of clinical expertise.


PhD (McMaster University) – Cognitive Psychology
Centre for Health Education Scholarship
Recent Publications:
Awards & Recognition:
  • 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence – Senior Faculty, in Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
  • 2016 Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada – President’s Award for Exemplary National Leadership in Academic Medicine
  • 2013 Academy of Medical Educators (UK) Honorary Fellowship:  Hon. FAcadMEd
  • 2013 National Board of Medical Examiners (US) John P. Hubbard Award
  • 2012 Medical Council of Canada Outstanding Achievement Award in the Evaluation of Clinical Competence
  • 2012 Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Education
  • 2012 Asia-Pacific Medical Education Conference (National University of Singapore) The MILES Award for Mentorship, Innovation, and Leadership in Education Scholarship
  • 2012 Association for Faculties of Medicine in Canada John Ruedy Award for Innovation in Medical Education
  • 2008 McMaster University Outstanding Contribution to the Undergraduate MD Program
  • 2008 McMaster University Innovator of Distinction
  • 2007 Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2007 Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada AFMC – GlaxoSmithKline:  Young Educators Award
  • 2007 American Educational Research Association (Division I) Best Paper by an Established Investigator
  • 2006 Canadian Association for Medical Education Junior Award for Distinguished Contribution to Medical Education
  • 2004 Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit
  • 2001 McMaster University Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
  • 1999 American Educational Research Association New Investigator Award

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council From theory to practice: Quantification and consequences of different validity conceptualizations $151,992 2014-2017 C. St-Onge BD Hodges, KW Eva, ME Young, RM Featherstone

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Maximizing Formative and Summative Assessments in Simulation Based Settings $24,340 2013-2014 W. Tavares A Cheng, K Eva

Canadian Institutes for Health Research Understanding effective Audit and Feedback: Identifying and prioritizing theory-informed predictions around improving a common class of knowledge translation interventions $293,896 2013-2016 J. Brehaut H Colquhoun, K Eva, J Grimshaw, N Ivers, A Sales, S Michie

Medical Council of Canada The impact of social comparison on the effectiveness of assessment for learning $37,474 2013-2014 G. Regehr WR Vroom, JG Wilson, N Castro, J Bates, KW Eva

National Board of Medical Examiners Stemmler Fund Rater cognition as categorical judgments: Using “Person Models” to understand rater error $78,306 2012-2014 K.W.Eva A. Gingerich, G. Regehr

Australian Research Council Forensic reasoning and uncertainty: Identifying pattern and impression expertise $332,000 2011-2015 J. Tangen G. Edmond, G. Norman, K. Eva, I. Dror, B. Lovell, D. McCarthy, B. Comber

National Board of Medical Examiners Stemmler Fund Towards a Predictive Model of Residents’ Performance: Exploring a Novel Method for Analyzing Written Comments on Residents’ ITERs $91,975 2011 – 2013 S. Ginsburg K.W. Eva, G. Regehr

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Understanding audit and feedback: Applying cognitive theories and constructs to address the ‘intention-behaviour gap’ $77,786 2011-2012 J. Brehaut, K.W.Eva J. Grimshaw, N. Ivers, A. Sales