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. Enani, GN, Brydges, R, MacRae, HM, Louridas, M. Exploring mentorship in surgery: An interview study on how people stick together. Med Educ. 2023; :. doi: 10.1111/medu.15157. PubMed PMID:37485632 .
  2. Lorello, GR, Hodwitz, K, Issenberg, SB, Brydges, R. Relinquishing control? Supervisor co-regulation may disrupt students' self-regulated learning during simulation-based training. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2023; :. doi: 10.1007/s10459-023-10244-9. PubMed PMID:37245197 .
  3. Tolsgaard, MG, Pusic, MV, Sebok-Syer, SS, Gin, B, Svendsen, MB, Syer, MD et al.. The fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence in medical education research: AMEE Guide No. 156. Med Teach. 2023;45 (6):565-573. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2023.2180340. PubMed PMID:36862064 .
  4. Jensen, RD, Brydges, R, Grierson, L. Re-examining the integration of routine and adaptive expertise: there is no such thing as routine from a motor control perspective. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2022;27 (5):1283-1291. doi: 10.1007/s10459-022-10163-1. PubMed PMID:36417040 .
  5. Gavarkovs, A, Kusurkar, RA, Kulasegaram, K, Crukley, J, Miller, E, Anderson, M et al.. Motivational Design for Web-Based Instruction in Health Professions Education: Protocol for a Systematic Review and Directed Content Analysis. JMIR Res Protoc. 2022;11 (11):e42681. doi: 10.2196/42681. PubMed PMID:36350706 PubMed Central PMC9685516.
  6. Brydges, R, Law, M, Ma, IW, Gavarkovs, A. On embedding assessments of self-regulated learning into licensure activities in the health professions: a call to action. Can Med Educ J. 2022;13 (4):100-109. doi: 10.36834/cmej.73855. PubMed PMID:36091729 PubMed Central PMC9441114.
  7. Douflé, G, Urner, M, Dragoi, L, Jain, A, Brydges, R, Piquette, D et al.. Evaluation of an advanced critical care echocardiography program: a mixed methods study. Can J Anaesth. 2022;69 (10):1260-1271. doi: 10.1007/s12630-022-02281-6. PubMed PMID:35819631 .
  8. Brydges, R, Fiume, A, Grierson, L. Mastery versus invention learning: impacts on future learning of simulated procedural skills. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2022;27 (2):441-456. doi: 10.1007/s10459-022-10094-x. PubMed PMID:35320441 .
  9. Jeyalingam, T, Walsh, CM, Tavares, W, Mylopoulos, M, Hodwitz, K, Liu, LWC et al.. Variable or Fixed? Exploring Entrustment Decision Making in Workplace- and Simulation-Based Assessments. Acad Med. 2022;97 (7):1057-1064. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004661. PubMed PMID:35263307 .
  10. Law, M, Veinot, P, Mylopoulos, M, Bryden, P, Brydges, R. Applying activity theory to undergraduate medical curriculum reform: Lessons in contradictions from multiple stakeholders' perspectives. Med Teach. 2022;44 (7):800-811. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2022.2041190. PubMed PMID:35199616 .
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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