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Discussion: 'The Cult of Competency: Are Professional Certifications Missing the Mark?'

Thursday, 05 March, 2020

Zubin Austin, Ph.D., will participate in a discussion, “The Cult of Competency: Are Professional Certifications Missing the Mark?” as part of the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics’ Signature Event Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

The dominance of the concept of competency has been historically unquestioned in the development of policies and practices across the scope of professional practice. Austin has argued that our concept of competency is too narrow and that alternative lenses are needed to truly understand professional practice.

Katherine J. Mathews, M.D., SLUCare obstetrician and gynecologist and faculty member in the School of Medicine, will moderate a discussion centering on professional competency.

The discussion is open to the public, and CME credit is available. The event will be followed by a networking reception, a unique opportunity to network with an interdisciplinary group of dynamic individuals who have come together for discussion and dialogue on this important topic.

About the speaker

Austin is professor and Koffler Chair in Management at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and the Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation-Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the professional and personal development of the health workforce. Austin has published over 200 manuscripts and authored four reference texts.

In 2017, in recognition of the societal significance of his research, he was installed as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of the Health Sciences, one of the highest honors for health services researchers in Canada. He is the only University of Toronto professor ever to have received both the President's Teaching Award for sustained excellence in education and the President's Research Impact Award for the importance of his research in Canada and internationally. Austin has also been named Professor of the Year by students on 20 separate occasions.