The CanMEDS clinician educators
- Esam Albanyan, MBBS, FAAP
- Adelle R. Atkinson, MD, FRCPC
- Farhan Bhanji, MD, MHPE, FRCPC
- Andrée Boucher, MD, FRCPC
- Rodrigo Cavalcanti, MD, MSc, FRCPC
- Warren J. Cheung, MD, MMEd, FRCPC
- Lara Cooke, MD, MSc, FRCPC
- Tim Dalseg, MD, FRCPC
- Sue Dojeiji, MD, MEd, FRCPC
- Nancy Dudek, MD MEd FRCPC
- Leslie Flynn, MMus, MD, CCFP, FRCPC
- Jason R. Frank, MD, MA (Ed.) FRCPC
- Wade Gofton MD, MEd, FRCSC
- Jolanta Karpinski, MD, FRCPC
- Anna Oswald, MD, MMEd, FRCPC
- Saleem Razack, MD, FRCPC
- Denyse Richardson, MD, MEd, FRCPC
- Linda Snell, MD, MHPE, FRCPC, FACP
- Brian Man-Fai Wong, MD, FRCPC
Esam Albanyan, MBBS, FAAP
Dr. Esam Albanyan is a Consultant of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the King Abdullah Specialist Children’s Hospital, Director of the CanMEDS Collaborating Center and Assistant Professor at the King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Albanyan obtained his MBBS from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He completed his pediatric residency at Tufts University, Floating Hospital for Children in Boston, followed by a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Baylor, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. Shortly after returning to Riyadh, Dr. Albanyan was appointed Director of the newly established Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship program at the King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences where he was involved in developing the fellowship curriculum and assessment tools.
He subsequently served as the first Associate Dean of the newly established College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, where he oversaw the design and implementation of the new Problem-based Curriculum. He established the faculty development program to orient staff to the new PBL curriculum and assessment methods. He next served as Director of Medical Education at the King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences where he oversaw 53 residency and fellowship programs and was responsible for liaising with the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, as well as implementation of the educational and assessment programs.
He became the Director of the CanMEDS Collaborating Center at the University where he was responsible for the integration of the CanMEDS framework into the King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences residency programs. This required an extensive program of faculty development and orientation that, in collaboration with the RCPSC, resulted in the creation and delivery of high level workshops in areas of teaching, workplace-based assessment and accreditation that are now regularly delivered nationally and regionally.
He has served on several University and Saudi Commission for Health Specialties scientific committees assisting in the transition of Saudi Residency Programs to competency based education in addition to the integration of CanMEDS competencies into the undergraduate curricula. He also consults with the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties in areas of Program Accreditation and surveyor training.
Adelle R. Atkinson, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Atkinson completed her MD at McMaster University in 1994 and went on to complete her Paediatric Residency at the University of Toronto in 1998 taking on the role of Chief Paediatric Resident in her final year. From 1998 – 2000 Dr. Atkinson completed two years of subspecialty training in Paediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Toronto. After completing this program, she was offered a consultant position in the Division of Immunology and Allergy with a cross-appointment to the section of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
Dr. Atkinson is currently an Associate Professor of Paediatrics in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto. Her clinical work focuses on patients with primary immunodeficiencies, bone marrow transplantation, and complex allergic diseases with an emphasis on reactions to drugs and biologics.
Dr. Atkinson spends a significant amount of her time in medical education. She is currently the Director of Postgraduate Medical Education for the Department of Paediatrics administering the training program for over 80 paediatric residents at the University of Toronto since 2006. She is a graduate of the Education Scholar’s Program, through the Centre for Faculty Development. She is the winner of the PARO Best Residency Program (2008), the Dr. Sarita Verma Award for Mentorship and Advocacy (2009) and the Harry Bain Award for teaching excellence (2014). She spends over 50% of her time in medical education related activities.
As a Clinician Educator with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Atkinson will be focusing on the Implementation phase of Competence by Design.
Farhan Bhanji, MD, MHPE, FRCPC
Paediatric Chairs of Canada 2016 Paediatric Academic Leadership - Clinician Educator Award
Farhan completed medical school at the University of Western Ontario and his Pediatrics residency at the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) of McGill University. He subsequently completed fellowships in Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Emergency Medicine at MCH along with an additional year of fellowship focusing on cardiac critical care/ECMO (extracorporeal life support) and transport at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and works clinically in both the Pediatric Intensive Care and the Pediatric Emergency Department.
Farhan graduated from the Masters of Science in Health Professions’ Education from Maastricht University in 2008 and is the inaugural Richard and Sylvia Cruess Faculty Scholar (Medical Education Research) at the Centre for Medical Education, McGill University. His teaching activities span the curriculum from the pre-clinical student to Continuing Medical Education and range from the teaching of professionalism and communication skills, to the implementation/integration of High-Fidelity Simulation at the McGill Medical Simulation Centre. He recently took over as the Program Director of the McGill University Fellowship in Medical Education. Farhan is actively involved nationally and internationally in resuscitation- based education and is actively conducting research in the domain. He has been fortunate to receive the Kaplan Award for clinical teaching from the Pediatrics residents at MCH in 2007 and was honoured with the New Educator’s Award from the Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) in 2009.
The Royal College is happy to introduce you to the newly appointed Associate Director, Assessment, Farhan Bhanji, MD, MHPE, FRCPC. Beginning August 6, 2013, he will be responsible for facilitating the design and delivery of sound examination and assessment tools and technologies which will support summative examinations and summative and formative work based assessments. He will work closely with André St. Pierre, Associate Director, TMCE in the Assessment and Examinations projects of the Competence by Design program and with all the staff of TMCE. He will also help support the Assessment Committee and its sub-committees as it develops assessment policies and procedures.
Andrée Boucher, MD, FRCPC
Andrée Boucher, MD, FRCPC, is a professor in the Department of Medicine at Université de Montréal. An endocrinologist specializing in thyroid cancer and a clinical researcher, she is the current Medical Director of the Thyroid Cancer Unit, at the Université de Montréal Health Centre (university hospital, CHUM). Her team is presently acknowledged as the only one with a supra-regional designation by the province’s Ministry of Health and Social Services based on the highest quality standards.
Her experience in medical education includes all levels of training, serving as Dean of Continuing Professional Development and Director of the Health Sciences Education Center in her school of medicine. She chaired the Conseil Québécois du Développement Professionnel Continu du Médecin. She is presently a Royal College Clinician Educator, the residency program director of endocrinology at Université de Montréal and head of the Endocrinology division at the CHUM. Through her roles in different national and international organizations, she has contributed to the development of new training programs and many innovative projects.
She is a sought out speaker and has received various awards from different organizations including Université de Montréal, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism, the Fédération des Médecins Spécialistes du Québec and from students associations.
Rodrigo Cavalcanti, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Dr. Rodrigo Cavalcanti is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he is Director for the General Internal Medicine Training Program. He completed his MD at the University of Toronto in 1997. Following residency in Internal Medicine (1997-2001) he joined the Division of General Internal Medicine at Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network in 2002. He completed a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto in 2005 and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Gorgas Course (Univ. of Alabama/UPCH - 2003).
Dr. Cavalcanti is a CanMEDS Clinician Educator at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Since 2010, he has been a member of the planning board for the International Conference on Residency Education, and track-chair for the conference’s Clinician Educator Working Dinner.
His educational scholarship is focused on simulation, clinical expertise, and understanding and teaching clinical reasoning. His work has been disseminated through presentations at national and international conferences and publications in top tier medical education journals. His academic contributions have been recognized by the Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) through the 2013 Meridith Marks New Educator Award, and the 2012 Critics’ Choice Award from the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME).
Warren J. Cheung, MD, MMEd, FRCPC
Dr. Cheung obtained his MD from the University of Toronto in 2009 and completed his Royal College residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa in 2014. He subsequently completed an Education Research Fellowship with the Department of Innovation in Medical Education at the University of Ottawa and received his Masters in Medical Education from the University of Dundee in 2016.
Dr. Cheung is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa, and a Clinician Investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He currently holds a University of Ottawa Junior Clinical Research Chair in Medical Education. His research focuses on improving the quality of trainee assessments within a competency-based framework, with particular interests in studying workplace-based assessments and direct observation of performance.
Lara Cooke, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Dr. Cooke is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Calgary. She has a Master of Medical Education and her educational research was in the design and implementation of a longitudinal program in communication skills for Neurology Residents. She was a member of the CanMEDS Communicator Role Working Group and she has presented workshops on CanMEDS Communicator and other Faculty Development topics both nationally and internationally.
She opened and developed the University of Calgary’s Office of Faculty Development in her role as the Assistant Dean of Faculty Development at the Faculty of Medicine between 2006 and 2010, where she developed educational programs in instructional skills for all members of the Faculty. In 2011, she received the AFMC Award for Outstanding Contribution to Faculty Development in Canada.
Dr. Cooke was recently appointed as Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development, at the University of Calgary, effective July 1, 2012.
Tim Dalseg, MD, FRCPC
In 2009, Dr. Tim Dalseg completed his medical school at Western University. He went on to acquire his RCPSC Emergency medicine certification through the University of Ottawa in 2014. Since that time he has been working at University Health Network in Toronto as an emergency physician providing care at the Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals.
Dr. Dalseg has gone on to obtain additional subspecialty training within his field of interest. In 2016 he completed his Fellowship in Medical Education from the Department of Innovation in Medical Education at the University of Ottawa and is currently completing his Masters in Medical Education through the University of Dundee.
His area of academic interest includes outcome feedback. As a Clinician Educator with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Dalseg’s primary area of research and focus is on residency program accreditation.
Sue Dojeiji, MD, MEd, FRCPC
Dr. Sue Dojeiji obtained her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1993. She completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa in 1998, and a Master of Education (Health Professions) from OISE/University of Toronto in 2000. She successful completed the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists Electromyography exam.
Dr. Dojeiji’s clinical practice includes musculoskeletal and peripheral neurologic medicine and neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation.
Dr. Dojeiji is the Physiatrist-in-Chief of The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre and Bruyere Continuing Care, and Head of the University of Ottawa Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Division. She is a Clinician-Educator with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, supporting the work of the CanMEDS office, and chair of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Royal College Examination Committee. In addition, she served as the U of O residency program director for 5 years and as a Maintenance of Certification accreditor with the University of Ottawa Continuing Medical Education Office.
Her areas of scholarship include communication skills teaching and evaluation. She co-developed a learning module and rating scale for assessing consultation letters. She is currently developing a rating scale to measure team based communication and collaboration within the context of the family conference.
Nancy Dudek, MD MEd FRCPC
Dr. Nancy Dudek is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She received her MD from The University of Western Ontario in 1999. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2004 in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2005 she completed a Master of Education program at the University of Toronto.
She has a diverse clinical practice and works at The Rehabilitation Centre, the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. She focuses on Amputee Rehabilitation, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Neuromuscular Medicine.
Dr. Dudek’s academic interests are in Medical Education. Her focus is the assessment of medical students and residents with a particular interest in work based assessment. She holds several grants related to research in this area. Dr. Dudek has served as the University of Ottawa’s undergraduate coordinator for Musculoskeletal Medicine and as the Director for the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program. She is the recipient of an Ottawa Hospital Compass Award, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Young Educators Award and the Dr. Meridith Marks Educator Award for Innovation & Scholarship in Medical Education.
Leslie Flynn, MMus, MD, CCFP, FRCPC
After receiving her undergraduate degree in Music from Queen’s University and a Master’s in Music from the University of Toronto, Dr. Flynn returned to Queen’s where she received her MD in 1987 and undertook her postgraduate medical education training. She became certified as a Family Physician and subsequently as a Psychiatrist. She began her academic career at Queen’s University when she was cross-appointed to the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry. She has held roles as Director of Continuing Medical Education, Postgraduate Program Director and the Director of Psychotherapy in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Flynn held the role of Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education at Queen’s University from 2003-2010. She is currently an Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine as well as the Acting Director of the Office of Health Sciences Education and Interim Vice-Dean, Education in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Dr. Flynn has received departmental awards for Excellent Leadership in Education and the Annual Staff Excellence in Teaching Award. She has conducted research in Physician Health, the role of Health Advocate, Interprofessional Education and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is presently a Clinician Educator with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Jason R. Frank, MD MA (Ed.) FRCPC
Dr. Jason R. Frank is a clinician-educator with a focus on all aspects of health profession training systems.
He currently holds roles of the Director, Specialty Education, Strategy and Standards in the Office of Specialty Education at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Director of Educational Research & Development in the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa. An associate professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine, he is cross-appointed to the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa and the Department of Graduate Studies, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
He obtained his MD from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine, and his FRCPC in Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has a Masters of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He has published and presented widely in medical education, where his research interests include: competency-based education, faculty development, program evaluation, and curriculum development. He is known for his work with the Royal College on the CanMEDS Project since 1994, and as an award-winning teacher.
Dr. Frank was the recipient of the 2013 Council Award Honouring Outstanding Physicians, presented by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, to recognize physicians whose performance and expertise in their career has been exemplary. He was the 2005 EM Teacher of the Year in Canada, an honour awarded by the Canadian Association for Emergency Physicians (CAEP), and the 2007 Meredith Marks new educator award winner from the Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME). He was also a finalist for Canada's Globe and Mail Top 40 Under 40 in 2011.
Dr. Frank lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife Ruth, also a physician, and four sons.
Wade Gofton MD, MEd, FRCSC
Dr. Wade Gofton is an Associate Professor in The Department of Surgery at the University of Ottawa. His clinical focus is in Orthopedic Trauma and Lower Extremity Reconstruction. He completed his MD in 1999 and Orthopedic training in 2004 at the University of Western Ontario in 2004. He completed his clinical fellowship at Sunnybrook Hospital and his Masters in Medical Education at the University of Toronto in 2006.
Dr. Gofton’s academic focus has been on the assessment of competence in the post-graduate trainee and the safe integration of new skills in the practicing physician. Dr. Gofton heads the Surgical Education Research Group in Ottawa and is Director of the Surgical Education Research Fellowship at the uOSSC. He works with a number of fellows and physicians in a variety of specialties to further scholarship in medical education. He sits on a variety of administrative positions in the field of medical education.
Jolanta Karpinski, MD, FRCPC
Jolanta Karpinski is the Associate Director, Specialties Unit at the Royal College, a Clinician Educator with experience in postgraduate medical education and CPD, and a nephrologist at the Ottawa Hospital, working mostly in renal transplantation.
At the University of Ottawa, she served as program director in Nephrology (1999–2005), the Director of the Office of Faculty Development ( 2005–2010), the Director of PGME Evaluation and Accreditation (2010–2012), and most recently as acting Vice-Dean PGME. She completed a 6 year term as Chair of the Royal College Specialty Committee in Nephrology, and has been a Clinical Educator in the Specialties Unit since 2011.
Dr. Karpinski graduated from medical school at the University of Saskatchewan, and received her RCSPC certification in Internal Medicine and Nephrology after training at Queens and McGill Universities. She has also completed a renal transplant fellowship at the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Medical Education at the University of Dundee.
Anna Oswald, MD, MMEd, FRCPC
Anna Oswald, MD, MMEd, FRCPC is an assistant professor in the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She spent a year as a Visiting Scholar in Medical Education Research at McGill University’s Centre for Medical Education and went on to complete her Masters in Medical Education through the University of Dundee. She is active in a variety of classroom teaching and in clinical bedside teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is the course coordinator for the preclinical Musculoskeletal Medicine course at the University of Alberta and is a CanMEDS Clinician Educator with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is also the founder and chair of the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Medical Education Journal Club.
She currently holds an active Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund grant from the University of Alberta and a salary support grant through The Arthritis Society’s Clinician Educator Award. Her program of medical education research focuses on the evidenced based evaluation of medical education interventions (including active participation in BEMEs), musculoskeletal teaching and problem based learning delivery.
Saleem Razack, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Saleem Razack is the director of the Office of Social Accountability and Community Engagement for the Faculty of Medicine, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Core Faculty at the Centre for Medical Education at McGill University. He practices as a pediatric critical care medicine physician. His major interests in medical education include assessment, equity issues, and social accountability in health professions education.
Current research interests: Selection for medical school (best practices in admissions), diversity, equity, and social accountability in health professions education.
Denyse Richardson, MD, MEd, FRCPC
Dr. Denyse Richardson is an Associate Professor at The University of Toronto and a Clinician Educator at both the University of Toronto and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. After completing her fellowship in PM&R (Physiatry) at University of Ottawa, she completed a Masters of Education in Health Professions at The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/ University of Toronto.
She is strongly committed to Medical Education and in fact her commitment to education stretches beyond Medicine, across many Health Professions. She has multiple roles in undergraduate, postgraduate and faculty development/continuing professional development at local and national levels.
Linda Snell, MD, MHPE, FRCPC, FACP
Linda Snell is a Professor of Medicine and Core Faculty member of the Centre for Medical Education, McGill University. She completed her undergraduate and medical education at the University of Alberta, her internal medicine residency at McGill University, and has a Master's degree in Medical Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. At McGill University she has served as Vice Chair (Education) in the Department of Medicine, Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, Director of the Undergraduate Internal Medicine program, Program Director of the General Internal Medicine Fellowship program, Director of the Postgraduate Core Competencies program, and Associate Physician-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre.
At the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Dr. Snell is the Senior Clinician Educator for CanMEDS. She is currently co-chair of the International conference on Residency Education, has served on the Royal College Internal Medicine Specialty Committee, as an examiner in 3 specialties, and as organizer of the early medical education conferences. She has also been President of the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine, Quebec Governor of the American College of Physicians and has served on the executive of the Canadian Association of Medical Education.
Dr Snell is active in teaching, education leadership and education research at all levels of medical training. Her current research and education interests include: developing advanced training for clinician-educators; learning, teaching & assessing CanMEDS core competencies, in particular the Roles of Professional, Manager and Scholar; leadership in medicine and medical education; and education scholarship. She has received teaching and education awards, and presented workshops and invited lectures across Canada and internationally. Dr Snell has a busy internal medicine practice.
Brian Man-Fai Wong, MD, FRCPC
Clinician Educator, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
2015 AFMC Young Educators Award
Dr. Brian Wong (University of Toronto)
Brian completed medical school and internal medicine residency training at the University of Toronto. After completing his final year as the Chief Medical Resident a Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in patient safety funded by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. As part of this fellowship, he completed the Education Scholars Program at the Centre for Faculty Development at the University of Toronto, and the Improvement Advisor Professional Development Program through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and works clinically as a general internist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
His main academic focus lies at the intersection of patient safety, quality improvement and medical education. Currently, he serves as the Director of Continuing Education and Quality Improvement for the Department of Medicine, and the Associate Director of the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (C-QuIPS) in the Faculty of Medicine, both at the University of Toronto. He has designed, implemented and evaluated innovative patient safety and quality improvement curricula for learners across the continuum. He has also made important contributions to national faculty development initiatives aimed at increasing capacity to teach patient safety and quality improvement both in Canada (chairing the Royal College ASPIRE train-the-trainer program) and in the United States (as a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges Teaching for Quality (Te4Q) steering committee). In addition to patient safety and quality improvement education, his scholarly interests include research on duty hour restrictions, patient handoffs, adverse event disclosure, in-hospital paging communication and trigger tools.
He recently chaired the CanMEDS 2015 Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Expert Working Group, and led a group of experts from across Canada to develop a set of recommendations that informed the integration of patient safety and quality improvement into the CanMEDS 2015 competency framework. As a Clinician Educator for the Royal College, he will support the implementation of CanMEDS 2015 and the Competency by Design program, primarily by leading the patient safety and quality improvement faculty development strategy.