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M.Ed. fuels physician’s teaching role

October 09, 2014

By Dixon Tam, SFU Public Affairs and Media Relations

Dr. Charlie Chen believes all physicians are teachers even if they don’t teach in a formal capacity.

“Even though we are constantly teaching patients, colleagues, residents and students, we don’t get any teaching training or education,” says Chen, who graduates from Simon Fraser University this month with a master’s in education [from the 2012 Curriculum & Instruction: Post-Secondary Program cohort].

As the physician lead for education with the Fraser Health End-of-Life (EOL) Care Program, Chen specializes in advance-care planning (ACP). He’s also a clinical assistant professor with the University of British Columbia’s School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree.

“With all the teaching I do, I wanted to get more pedagogical grounding,” he explains. “I wanted the theory behind teaching and learning.”

He chose to take his master’s at SFU, where he had earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry.

Teaching flows naturally for Chen and he loves sharing his knowledge. He thinks palliative medicine exemplifies the holistic qualities that make the best physicians—courage, humility, honesty, curiosity, critical thinking, and self-awareness.

Read the full story via SFU News.