Susan Lieff, MEd, MMan, MD, FRCPC: 2018 Royal College Duncan Graham Award for Outstanding Contribution to Medical Education
Susan Lieff, MEd, MMan, MD, FRCPC
- Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
- Director, New and Evolving Academic Leadership Program, Centre for Faculty Development, University of Toronto
Words used to describe Dr. Lieff include “motivating”, “remarkable” and “a role model educator”. Her contributions to advancing medical education and academic leadership span the spectrum of education – from curriculum design and evaluation, faculty leadership and career development, academic leadership and teaching.
A leader in program design
Informed by her expertise in outcomes-based education she led the Training Directors Group to create the first geriatric psychiatry competency framework to meet the United States Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education requirements. These were adopted in 2004 by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology to inform assessment strategies for certification.
Identifying emerging needs
Recognizing the emerging importance of interprofessionalism in medical education, Dr. Lieff developed the Education Scholars Program – an innovative faculty training program at the University of Toronto in 2004. The award-winning program supports development of scholarly health science education leaders, and an interprofessional and cross-departmental community of practice. It is the largest and most comprehensive program of its type worldwide.
More recently, she led the creation of the New and Evolving Academic Leaders (NEAL) program. This novel program utilizes an adaptive design to continuously meet participant needs and the changing environment. To date it has trained more than 100 academic leaders in the health sciences from across the country and beyond.
Exceptional teacher, clinician, scholar and mentor
Dr. Lieff was the Founding Chair for the Geriatric Psychiatry Subspecialty Examination at the Royal College. Both the exam committee and program are recognized as an exemplar of a national exam development process, resulting in a high quality and comprehensive exam that is rated highly by participants.
Dr. Lieff has been recognized for her significant contributions with multiple awards including University of Toronto President’s Teaching Award, the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada Award for Outstanding Contribution to Faculty Development in Canada, the Association of Academic Psychiatry Educator Award, the Baycrest Stephen W. Herbert Award for Excellence in Education and AAGP Educator of the Year.
Her commitment to patient care resulted in Dr. Lieff being recognized by her peers as one of the Best doctors in Canada in 2007 . Many of her students attribute their own success to Dr. Lieff’s leadership and mentorship in teaching and curriculum development.