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ICRE 2017 Plenary Speakers

Conference Opening Plenary
Thursday, October 19, 2017
1600-1730

Dr. Richard Reznick

Richard Reznick

Richard Reznick received his medical degree from McGill University, followed by a general surgical residency at the University of Toronto. He spent two years in fellowship training, first obtaining a Masters’ degree in medical education, followed by a fellowship in colorectal surgery at the University of Texas.

Dr. Reznick was the inaugural Director of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine’s Centre for Research in Education at University Health Network, and in 1999 was appointed Vice President of Education at University Health Network. He served eight years as the R. S. McLaughlin Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.

In 2010, Dr. Reznick assumed the position of Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University and Chief Executive Officer of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO).

Conference plenary panel
Friday, October 20, 2017
0800-0915

Dr. Abeer Ahmed Arab

Abeer Ahmed Arab

Dr. Abeer A Arab (MBBS, FRCPC) is a consultant Pediatric Anesthesiologist & Assistant Professor at the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, King Abdulaziz University KAU, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Arab is a Simulation Instructor & training specialist at King Abdulaziz University Clinical Skills & Simulation Center and currently is the deputy director of the center. This center is the first center accredited by the RCPSC outside Canada.

She has co-developed many Train-of-Trainer & Crisis Management Simulation-based programs presented in Saudi Arabia and internationally.

She was a program director of Anesthesia residency at KAU hospital and currently the Pediatric Anesthesia fellowship director there. She was a member of CanMEDs reform mission of the Anesthesia residency curriculum and is currently the chair of the simulation committee at the Saudi Board of Anesthesiology.

She is also the chair and co-developer of the mandatory “ Patient Safety Module” of undergraduate medical students at KAU; that module produced over 140 students’ patient safety advocacy projects in less than 6 years.

Dr. Arab is also a member of the steering committee of the International Clinician Educators network of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Arab’s current research focuses on Simulation-Based Training and Anesthesia training under the umbrella of patient safety.



Dr. Simon Fleming

Simon Fleming

Dr. Simon Fleming is a trauma and orthopaedic registrar on the Pott Rotation in London, UK, and a PhD candidate in medical education at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is currently serving as president of the British Orthopaedic Trainees’ Association (BOTA). While passionate about orthopaedics and surgical training, Dr. Fleming’s special interests also lie in hand surgery; competency attainment; improved delivery of orthopaedic training; mentoring; and combating bullying, undermining and harassment in surgery through the UK’s #HammerItOut campaign. He is a recent recipient of the Surgeon Educator Award from the Royal College of Surgeons (UK) and the Academic Support Award from Queen Mary University, and Barts and The London Medical School.



Dr. Leslie Flynn

Leslie Flynn

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 commencing her academic career at Queen’s University. 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 a Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine as well as the 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.



Dr. Robert Rogers

Robert Rogers

Dr. Rob Rogers is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Vice Chair for Faculty Development at The University of Kentucky College of Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He's the Founder and Chief Imagination Officer of Medutopia a medical education company that creates innovative courses that teach educators how to be highly effective learning choreographers.

Conference plenary debate
Saturday, October 21, 2017
0800-0900

Dr. Ian Incoll

Ian Incoll

Dr. Ian Incoll is an Australian orthopaedic and hand surgeon. He is current President and Dean, and immediate past Chair of Education and Training for the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA), the peak professional and training body for orthopaedic surgery in Australia. He is Clinical Lead for AOA 21, which is transforming surgical education and training, incorporating global best practice to improve quality and patient care nationally. His Presidential theme for the AOA in 2017 is “Transforming Leadership”.

He is an adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia and a member of the Australasian Academy of Surgical Educators. He is on the Program Advisory Board for the International Conference on Residency Education and an invitee to the International Medical Education Leaders Forum.

Dr Incoll is a past chair of the Australian Board of Orthopaedic Surgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, a past director of the Australian Medical Association and has served on committees for the Australian Government’s Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, the Australian National E-Health Transition Authority and The Prosthesis Pricing Review. Dr Incoll is a reviewer for a number of international orthopaedic journals.



Jonas Nordquist

Jonas Nordquist

Jonas Nordquist, PhD, is the associate director of residency programs at the Karolinska University Hospital, leading strategic educational initiatives and all leadership development for residency directors and residents. He is also the director of the Medical Case Centre at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr Nordquist is affiliated to the College of Medicine, Qatar University in Doha and to the Wilson Centre at the University of Toronto.

He has served as a WHO expert in medical education in the areas of curriculum design of international health professional education and sex and reproductive health. Dr. Nordquist is a Harvard-Macy scholar in medical education at Harvard Medical School. He has been involved in projects on educational development in more than 40 countries around the world and is the author of three books and several peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Nordquist’s research focuses on educational leadership and on how physical space impacts on learning. He is frequently speaking at various events around the world and serves at the co-chair for International Conference on Residency Education 2017 and is a member of the steering committee for International Medical Education Leadership Forum. Dr. Nordquist is an overseas fellow at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

Conference closing plenary
Saturday, October 21, 2017
1615-1745

Dr. John Andrews

John Andrews

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Dr. Andrews completed his internship, residency, and chief residency training in pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He then completed a fellowship in Academic General Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins. After his fellowship, he joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. In 1997 he became Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins.

In 2000, Dr. Andrews moved to Auckland, New Zealand to work as a Consultant Paediatrician at Starship Children's Hospital. There he was a member of a multidisciplinary child protection team (Te Puaruruhau) and was also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Auckland.

In 2003, he returned to the US to become Associate Director of Medical Education and Director of Graduate Medical Education at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. In 2006 he joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota as the Associate Head for Education and Director of the Pediatric Residency program.

He currently attends in the Minneapolis Children's Clinic at Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota and on the wards at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

His professional interests include humanism in medicine, evidence-based medicine, and medical education.

In 2012 Dr. Andrews was appointed Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, a role in which he provides oversight for residency and fellowship programs at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Andrews is the site director at the University of Minnesota for the Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum Project (EPAC). This pilot program, sponsored by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation and coordinated by the Association of American Medical Colleges, is testing the feasibility of time-variable, competency-based advancement through medical education in pediatrics at four schools in the United States.

He is currently Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Designated Institutional Official, and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School.


Dr. Pierre Dussault

Pierre Dussault

Dr. Pierre Dussault first studied aeronautics before receiving his medical degree from Université Laval. He went on to complete speciality training and certification in internal medicine and gastroenterology through McGill University.

Dr. Dussault currently works at Hôpital Anna-Laberge and is one of five, soon to be seven, gastroenterologists. Since the hospital’s opening in 1988, Dr. Dussault has provided excellent care to the community of Châteauguay.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Dussault is an Air Canada pilot, and has been flying since 1979. He currently flies a Toronto-based Boeing 777 to European and Asian destinations.