The purpose of the Medical Education Research Symposium is to examine a specific medical education research topic from a variety of perspectives. Symposia may feature different facets of the research topic, present alternative interpretations and/or contrasting points of view. This is an ideal opportunity for a group of medical educational researchers with a common interest, to integrate, synthesize and showcase research findings. It is also an ideal forum to present and get feedback on research in progress. Submissions are encouraged from educational researchers affiliated with different institutions sharing a common interest, or from researchers at a single institution wishing to profile a particular stream in medical education research.