SHE invites all her PhD candidates to the SHE Academy Workshop on Sunday, 9.15-12.15 hour, August 26 prior to the AMEE Conference, in Basel, Switzerland 



We would love to meet you all at the Mini SHE Academy in Basel during the AMEE conference. We start with a joined breakfast and have found very inspiring speakers for this SHE Academy for a special workshop on:

"Sloppy Science: The thin line between appropriate and inappropriate research behaviors" 

By Lauren Maggio (PhD, Uniformed Services University), Erik Driessen (PhD, Maastricht University) & Anthony Artino (PhD, Uniformed Services University)

When: Sunday, 9.15-12.15 hour, August 26, AMEE, Basel, Switzerland

Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Steinentorstrasse 25, 4001 Basel

Registration: by sending an email to  before the 1st of August 2018

Participation fee: €25 by invoice

Short description of workshop:

Sloppy science, sometimes referred to as questionable research practices (QRPs), wastes limited resources, misinforms policy, damages science, and provides a poor example for our health professions education (HPE) community, especially graduate students. Sloppy science practices include, but are not limited to, poor data management; inappropriate research design; insufficient respect and care for study participants; improper research design; careless analysis; and unsuitable authorship and publishing practices. While it seems black and white that researchers should avoid QPRs, an international survey of over 500 HPE researchers found that 92% of respondents had engaged in one or more of these questionable practices. A second study on HPE authorship identified that 51% of HPE authors felt that they had been experienced unethical pressure related to authorship order. 

These findings suggest the time is now for HPE researchers to start talking about sloppy science and working together to propose collaborative strategies to address these questionable practices.  Thus, this interactive workshop aims to engage a group of global HPE researchers to discuss this important topic and begin to generate approaches and solutions to mitigate sloppy science practices.   

Structure and format:

  • Welcome and brief introduction to the topic
  • Small group discussions, using brief vignettes, to identify personal, cultural, institutional and “other*” factors that contribute to researchers engaging in QRPs (each small group will engage with each factor type)
  • Large group debrief and voting on critical factors
  • Small group work to generate approaches/solutions to mitigating the critical personal, cultural, institutional and “other” factors
  • Large group debrief and ranking of approaches/ strategies
  • Large group discussion of how these approaches might be relevant to SHE
  • Closing comments and evaluation

*When considering “Other” factors, participants will be asked to consider potential sloppy science practices that could occur in the context of the topic, methodology, and methods they have chosen or are leaning towards in their own research programs.

Intended outcomes:

At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define sloppy science (or questionable research practices)
  • Describe factors in HPE that contribute to sloppy science and potential approaches to mitigating these factors
  • Discuss strategies to avoid sloppy science in their own research