Ryan Brydges




Dr. Ryan Brydges conducts research in three related domains:

(i)  Using theories of self-regulated learning to understand how to design training environments that prepare clinicians to be effective in their future lifelong learning

(ii) Optimizing the instructional design of healthcare simulation (and other technology-enhanced learning modalities) for training and assessment of healthcare professionals

(iii) Integrating simulation-based and workplace-based training and assessment practices, to ensure ongoing quality improvement in how healthcare professionals deliver data-driven and data-informed top quality care to all patients and families.

Through his studies of self-regulated learning and healthcare simulation, Dr. Brydges aims to understand how training and assessment practices translate into healthcare professional’s behaviours and health system outcomes. His applied education research has implications for health care system reform at the individual and systems levels, and for increased efficiencies in healthcare resource utilization.

Recent Publications

  1. Tavares, W, Hodwitz, K, Rowland, P, Ng, S, Kuper, A, Friesen, F et al.. Implicit and inferred: on the philosophical positions informing assessment science. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2021; :. doi: 10.1007/s10459-021-10063-w. PubMed PMID:34370126 .
  2. Brydges, R, Nemoy, L, Campbell, DM, Meffe, F, Moscovitch, L, Fella, S et al.. Corrigendum to ""We can't just have a casual conversation": An institutional ethnography-informed study of work in labour and birth" [Soc. Sci. Med. 279 (2021) 113975]. Soc Sci Med. 2021;284 :114248. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114248. PubMed PMID:34330528 .
  3. Brydges, R, Nemoy, L, Campbell, DM, Meffe, F, Moscovitch, L, Fella, S et al.. "We can't just have a casual conversation": An institutional ethnography-informed study of work in labour and birth. Soc Sci Med. 2021;279 :113975. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.113975. PubMed PMID:33964590 .
  4. Manzone, JC, Mylopoulos, M, Ringsted, C, Brydges, R. How supervision and educational supports impact medical students' preparation for future learning of endotracheal intubation skills: a non-inferiority experimental trial. BMC Med Educ. 2021;21 (1):102. doi: 10.1186/s12909-021-02514-0. PubMed PMID:33588822 PubMed Central PMC7885397.
  5. Ryan, A, Hatala, R, Brydges, R, Molloy, E. Learning With Patients, Students, and Peers: Continuing Professional Development in the Solo Practitioner Workplace. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2020;40 (4):283-288. doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000307. PubMed PMID:33284181 .
  6. Piquette, D, Goffi, A, Lee, C, Brydges, R, Walsh, CM, Mema, B et al.. Resident competencies before and after short intensive care unit rotations: a multicentre pilot observational study. Can J Anaesth. 2021;68 (2):235-244. doi: 10.1007/s12630-020-01850-x. PubMed PMID:33174164 .
  7. Brydges, R, Boyd, VA, Tavares, W, Ginsburg, S, Kuper, A, Anderson, M et al.. Assumptions About Competency-Based Medical Education and the State of the Underlying Evidence: A Critical Narrative Review. Acad Med. 2021;96 (2):296-306. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003781. PubMed PMID:33031117 .
  8. Tolsgaard, MG, Mahan Kulasegaram, K, Woods, NN, Brydges, R, Ringsted, C, Dyre, L et al.. The myth of ivory tower versus practice-oriented research: A systematic review of randomised studies in medical education. Med Educ. 2021;55 (3):328-335. doi: 10.1111/medu.14373. PubMed PMID:32935373 .
  9. Aagesen, AH, Jensen, RD, Cheung, JJH, Christensen, JB, Konge, L, Brydges, R et al.. The Benefits of Tying Yourself in Knots: Unraveling the Learning Mechanisms of Guided Discovery Learning in an Open Surgical Skills Course. Acad Med. 2020;95 (11S Association of American Medical Colleges Learn Serve Lead: Proceedings of the 59th Annual Research in Medical Education Presentations):S37-S43. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003646. PubMed PMID:32769466 .
  10. Selim, O, Dueck, A, Walsh, CM, Brydges, R, Okrainec, A. Development of the Diabetic Wound Assessment Learning Tool (DiWALT) and validity evidence. J Vasc Surg. 2021;73 (2):689-697. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2020.07.066. PubMed PMID:32707382 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Professorship, Technology-Enabled Education, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor,  Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
  • Scientist, The Wilson Centre