Dr. Rose Hatala




St. Paul’s Hospital


Dr. Rose Hatala is a general internist at St. Paul’s Hospital and a Professor in the Department of Medicine at UBC. She completed her clinical training, as well as her MSc focused on educational research, at McMaster University and was clerkship director for internal medicine.

Dr. Hatala came to UBC in 2003 and was the Associate Program Director for the UBC Internal Medicine Residency Program from 2005-2015. She is currently the co-chair of the RCPSC oral examination in internal medicine. Since September 2015, Dr. Hatala is the Director of the Centre for Health Education Scholarship’s (CHES’) Clinical Educator Fellowship. She has extensive front-line experience as a clinical educator for undergraduate and postgraduate learners, in addition to her experience with both in-training and high-stakes assessment methods.


Dr. Hatala has had a somewhat peripatetic educational research career. Her main interests lie in in-training (such as the mini-cex) and high-stakes assessment methods. In addition, she is interested in clinical reasoning, particularly diagnostic reasoning as this is a key component of an internist’s life and also an important arena in which learners often struggle. More recently, she has been exploring the use of simulation-technology for learner education, with a focus on its use as a method of assessment as well as exploring key instructional design features to enhance its effectiveness as an educational tool.

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UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Education (2013)

UBC Killam Teaching Prize (2014-2015)