MedEd Grand Rounds: Meeting the Challenges of Procedural Skills Training with Cognitive Load Theory, Justin Sewell

Led by:

Justin Sewell, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Step 2 Medicine, UCSF


During this Medical Education Grand Rounds, Dr. Justin Sewell will discuss the relevance of Cognitive Load Theory to workplace training in Health Professions Education settings, with a focus on procedural skills training. After introducing tenets of cognitive load theory, Dr. Sewell will present the body of research that he has completed to attain a PhD in Health Professions Education from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The session will end with a synthesis and discussion of how the theory can inform workplace teaching in the health professions.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

Describe teaching and learning challenges that are unique to procedural training in the health professions.
Describe the basic tenets of cognitive load theory.
Reflect on how cognitive load theory may be relevant to their own teaching and/or learning environment.


UCSF is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 277 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The above credit is inclusive of all UCSF Educational Skills Workshops and the Teaching Scholars Program. Credit available for this event only is 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

UCSF Educational Skills Workshops and Med Ed Grand Rounds have been approved by UCSF Rehabilitative Services for up to 7 continuing education hours per year total. Questions regarding this approval should be directed to (415) 514-6779.

Course No. MGR20075.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

513 Parnassus Ave, Room S-214, Parnassus

Event Type



School of Medicine


Staff, Faculty




Center for Faculty Educators

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