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Jason R. Frank, MD, MA (Ed.) FRCPC

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.

Linda  Snell, MD, MHPE, FRCPC, FACP

Linda Snell, MD MHPE FRCPC MACP FRCP (London) FCAHS

Dr. Snell is Professor of Medicine & Health Sciences Education at McGill University in Montreal Canada, and Senior Clinician Educator at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 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.

She is active in teaching, education leadership and education research at all levels of medical training, and has served in numerous educational and clinical leadership roles at McGill, the Royal College, nationally and internationally.

In medical education she has presented over 200 invited talks in over 30 countries, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, two dozen invited chapters, editorials, and commissioned reports, and over 120 abstracts and posters. She co-authored the CanMEDS 2015 Professional Role and co-edited the most recent CanMEDS Physician Competency Framework. The weekly KeyLIME podcast (Key Literature in Medical Education), a medical education journal club, reaches over 20,000 listeners.

Her current interests include: faculty development for competency-based education, advanced training for clinician educators and medical education scholars; learning, teaching & assessing the CanMEDS competencies, in particular the Roles of Professional, Leader and Scholar (teacher); leadership in medical education; and education scholarship.

She has received teaching and education awards, and presented workshops and invited lectures across Canada and internationally. Clinically, Dr. Snell is a consultant in general internal medicine.

Najma Ahmed, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS

Najma Ahmed, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS

Dr. Ahmed completed Medical School and General Surgery Residency at McGill University. She holds a PhD in Surgical Infections and Sepsis which was completed during her surgical residency. Following her residency she pursued fellowship training in Trauma Surgery and Critical Care at the University of Michigan and the University of Toronto.

Najma was recruited to St. Michael’s Hospital in the Division of General Surgery in 2001. Her clinical focus and practice is in Acute Care Surgery, Trauma and Critical Care. She has been committed to clinical training processes and outcomes since the beginning of her career. From 2008 until 2018, Najma was the Residency Program Director for General Surgery, responsible for the largest and arguably most complex surgical training program in North America. Under her leadership the program became recognized as a highly functional, cohesive program focused on providing excellent learning opportunities for all learners.

Najma holds the positions of Vice Chair of education, Department of Surgery at University of Toronto and Professor of Surgery. In this role, she provides visionary leadership for training success for medical students, residents and fellows, as well as career success of surgeon-teachers within the Department of Surgery. Her contributions to post graduate surgical education have been recognized by numerous awards, including the prestigious Royal College AMS/Donald Richards Wilson Award in 2016.

Her current scholarly activities relate to Resident duty hours, Resident wellness and the application of a competency based framework to surgical training. In 2019, she joined the Royal College is a Clinician-Educator. Recently she has become an advocate for safer gun legislation in Canada. Najma is mother to daughter, Izza.

Robert Anderson, MD, FRCPC

Robert Anderson, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Robert Anderson is an Associate Professor in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He graduated from medicine at McMaster University in 2000 and went on to train at Queen’s University in Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine and Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography. In 2006, he moved to Sudbury, Ontario to join the NOSM team.

Dr. Anderson led the creation of the NOSM Anesthesia program, the transition to Competence by Design, and is currently the CBME lead for NOSM. He is also active in simulation based education as the founding Medical Director of the LaBelle Innovation and Learning Center at Health Sciences North where he has focused on interprofessional education, leveraging simulation toward professional identity formation, distributed simulation programs, resuscitation scholarship and quality improvement. Through these opportunities Dr. Anderson has developed a keen interest in change management. He was the recipient of the 2014 Royal College Program Director of the Year award and the 2016 CAME Certificate of Merit.

Dr. Adelle R. Atkinson, MD, FRCPC

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

Farhan Bhanji, MD, MHPE, FRCPC

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

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.

Dr. Rodrigo Cavalcanti, MD, MSc, FRCPC

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

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

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

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.

Daniel Dubois, MD, BSc, FRCPC

Daniel Dubois, MD, BSc, FRCPC

Dr. Daniel Dubois is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Ottawa. He completed his MD at the University of Manitoba in 2009. Following a residency in Anesthesiology (2009-2014) from the University of Ottawa and a Perioperative Medicine Fellowship (2014-2015) at the University of Manitoba he joined the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus in September 2015. Since that time, he has taken on the role of Associate Program Director and CBD lead for the implementation of a Fundamental Innovations in Residency Education (FIRE) project. This was the first competency-based anesthesiology training program, and second in the country to propose an accelerated training pathway through curricular innovations.

His educational scholarship is focused on work-based assessment, competence committees, and program evaluation. His work has been disseminated through presentations and as invited guest speaker for national and international conferences. His academic contributions have been recognized by the Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) through a 2016 Certificate of Merit, and the 2017 John Bradley Young Educator award from the Canadian Anesthesiology Society.

Nancy Dudek, MD MEd FRCPC

Nancy Dudek, MD MEd FRCPC

Dr. Nancy Dudek is a 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

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.

Wade Gofton MD, MEd, FRCSC

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.

Marcio M. Gomes, MD, PhD, MHPE candidate, FRCPC

Marcio M. Gomes, MD, PhD, MHPE candidate, FRCPC

Dr. Marcio Gomes is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Distinguished Teacher at the University of Ottawa. He obtained his medical degree in 1995, completed his residency training in 1999 and obtained his PhD in 2003, all at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He moved to Sherbrooke, Quebec, in 2005, where he worked as an Assistant Professor until 2008.

Dr. Gomes is a clinician educator in the Specialties Unit since 2017, where he works with the development of new Areas of Focused Competence. He is also the Regional Associate for Latin America with Royal College International and participates in many international partnerships for the development of residency education. His main areas of interest in education are competency-based medical education, educational design, workplace-based instruction and assessment, continuing professional development, and interprofessional education.

Dr. Gomes has developed many educational innovations and received several teaching and education awards, including the 2010 Award of Excellence and Innovation in Postgraduate Medical Education by the University of Ottawa, the 2014 Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO) Clinical Teaching Award, and the Leadership in Education Award of the Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP) in 2017. He is currently completing his Masters in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago supported by the 2017 RCPSC Robert Maudsley Fellowship for Studies in Medical Education.

Andrew K. Hall, MD, FRCPC, MMEd

Andrew K. Hall, MD, FRCPC, MMEd

Dr. Andrew K. Hall is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine (EM) at Queen's University where he is the Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) Lead for the FRCPC-EM training program. He is a Simulation-based Resuscitation Rounds instructor and runs the Simulation-based OSCE Assessment Program for EM residents. He is additionally co-chair of the Canadian EM Simulation Educators Research Collaborative (EM-SERC). He has received multiple medical education awards, including a CAME Certificate of Merit in 2019. His current research areas include CBME program evaluation, the development and validation of competency-based assessment tools and processes, and the use of simulation and novel technologies for training and assessment. His work at the Royal College as a Clinician Educator focuses on Program Evaluation related to the CBME. He chairs the Competency-By-Design Program Evaluation Operations Team and the ICRE Program Evaluation Summit.

Please see Google Scholar for a list of publications and citations.

Jolanta Karpinski, MD, FRCPC

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.

Sarah McIsaac, MBBCh, MEd., FRCPC

Sarah McIsaac, MBBCh, MEd., FRCPC

Dr. Sarah McIsaac is an Anesthesiologist and Intensivist at Health Sciences North in Sudbury, Ontario. Her passion for education has been lifelong and continues to shape her career. She completed a Masters of Education in Educational Psychology at Western University. She then pursued undergraduate medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Returning to Canada, she completed her Anesthesiology training through the University of Ottawa and Northern Ontario School of Medicine combined program. During that time she was the recipient of the Sandra Banner Leadership Award. Following residency, her training continued at the University of Ottawa whereby she completed a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. McIsaac now happily lives in Northern Ontario with her husband and two children. She is Medical Director of Faculty Development at the Northern School of Medicine and the Academic Coordinator for the Anesthesiology residency training program. She has been the recipient of the Clinical Teacher of the Year Award. She is the co-founder of "Northern City of Heroes" a community based initiative to help increase the awareness of bystander CPR and improve survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrests. Her areas of research interest include faculty development, organizational change management and competency based education. Dr. McIsaac is thrilled to be part of the Royal College's Clinical Educator team!

Viren N. Naik MD, MEd, MBA, FRCPC

Viren N. Naik MD, MEd, MBA, FRCPC

Dr. Viren Naik is the Director of Assessment for the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, a Professor of Anesthesiology, and the R.S. McLaughlin Professor of Medical Education at the University of Ottawa. He has 20 years of experience as an educator, and oversees the credentialing of specialist training and the assessment, including examinations, for all medical specialties in Canada. As a Vice President for Royal College International, he leads education collaboratives in Kuwait and Qatar.

In 2001, Viren obtained a Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto, and a Fellowship in Education from The Wilson Centre for Research in Education. Following his training, he started a Research Fellowship program in Simulation and was subsequently appointed Medical Director of the Allan Waters’ Family Patient Simulation Centre. In 2009, he became the inaugural Medical Director of the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC). While serving as the Vice President, Education for The Ottawa Hospital (2015-2017), Viren completed an Executive MBA at the Telfer School of Management (2015).

Anna Oswald, MD, MMEd, FRCPC

Anna Oswald, MD, MMEd, FRCPC

Dr. Anna Oswald is a Rheumatologist and full Professor in the Department of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta (U of A) with cross appointment to the Faculty of Education. She completed a 1 year Visiting Scholar Medical Education (McGill) and her Masters in Medical Education (University of Dundee). She is the recipient of local and national teaching awards, including the U of A Rutherford Award for Undergraduate teaching, the Canadian Rheumatology Association Teacher Educator Award and the Canadian Association of Medical Education Certificate of Merit. Anna is a Clinician Educator for the RCPSC and at the U of A she is the Director of Competency Based Medical Education and co-coordinates the Masters in Health Professions Education Curriculum Design course. Anna has experience in the past as the co-director of pre-clerkship education for the U of A MD program (3 years), coordinator of the pre-clerkship MSK course for the U of A MD program (10 years) and the Canadian Rheumatology Association National Residents’ pre-course (3 years). Anna holds local and national grants in education research and has been recognized as one of The Arthritis Society’s Clinician Educators.

Saleem Razack, MD, FRCPC

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

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.

Brent Thoma MD, MA, MSc, FRCPC, DRSCPC

Brent Thoma MD, MA, MSc, FRCPC, DRSCPC

Dr. Brent Thoma is an Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan where he works as an emergency physician, trauma team leader, and medical education researcher. He has completed master’s degrees in Leadership (Royal Roads) and Health Professions Education (Massachusetts General Hospital Institute), a practice-eligible Clinician Educator Diploma (Royal College), and a Fellowship in Medical Simulation (Harvard Medical School). He was awarded the Young Educator award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada in 2018.

At the Royal College Dr. Thoma is a Clinician Educator focused on learning analytics, the Vice Chair of the Clinician Educator Area of Focused Competence Committee, and a member of the Medical Education Research Grants Committee. His research focuses on technology-enhanced medical education including social media, online educational resources, simulation, and learning analytics.

Elaine Van Melle, PhD

Elaine Van Melle, PhD

Elaine Van Melle, PhD is an Education Research & Program Evaluation Specialist. Dr. Van Melle has recently joined the Royal College Clinician Educator Group. With a PhD focusing on educational change and innovation, combined with six years experience as the Director, Office of Health Sciences Education at Queen’s University, Dr. Van Melle brings a wealth of expertise to the Clinician Educator Group. With a Masters in Health Administration, Dr. Van Melle’s experience also includes senior leadership in strategic planning, organizational change and program evaluation in a healthcare setting. Her research interests include advancing educational scholarship, the evaluation of educational innovations, design based and mixed methods research. 

Brian Man-Fai Wong, MD, FRCPC

Brian Man-Fai Wong, MD, FRCPC

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.