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Dr. Brydges conducts research in three related domains: (i) clarifying how healthcare trainees and professionals manage 
(through self-regulation) their life-long learning, (ii) understanding how to optimize the instructional design of healthcare
simulation (and other technology-enhanced learning modalities) for training and assessment of healthcare professionals (iii)
identifying best practices in the training and assessment for bedside invasive medical procedures (e.g., lumbar puncture, 
central line insertion, thoracentesis).

Through studies of self-regulation and simulation, Dr. Brydges aims to understand how training interventions translate into 
healthcare professional’s behaviours. Most specifically, his work with procedural skills will serve as a proof of concept for 
developing novel model of ‘competency-based education’ in both academic and community hospital settings. That research 
arm will have implications for patient care as well as health care system reform (e.g., identifying a need for specialized 
procedural service teams), and healthcare resource utilization (e.g., providing input to Choosing Wisely initiatives).

Dr. Jessica Mesman is associate professor at the Department of Technology and Society Studies at Maastricht University. 
Currently she is also Associate Dean Education of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Recently she is also affiliated 
with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester USA.

Her research interest include the anthropology of knowledge and the method of video-reflexivity in critical care medicine, 
particularly the exnovation of informal and unarticulated dimensions of establishing and preserving safety in health 
care practices.
 In 2009 she received the “Sociology of Health and Illness Book of the Year”Award for her book
Uncertainty in Medical innovation: experienced pioneers in neonatal care’(2008). 


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