The CanMEDS clinician educators
- Linda Snell, MD, MHPE, FRCPC, FACP
- Robert Anderson, MD, FRCPC
- Adelle R. Atkinson, MD, FRCPC
- Farhan Bhanji, MD, MHPE, FRCPC
- Rodrigo Cavalcanti, MD, MSc, FRCPC
- Warren J. Cheung MD, MMEd, FRCPC, DRCPSC
- Tim Dalseg, MD, FRCPC
- Daniel Dubois, MD, BSc, FRCPC
- Nancy Dudek, MD MEd FRCPC
- Andrew K. Hall, MD, FRCPC, MMEd
- Jolanta Karpinski, MD, FRCPC
- Anna Oswald, MD, MMEd, FRCPC
- Saleem Razack, MD, FRCPC
- Denyse Richardson, MD, MEd, FRCPC
- Brent Thoma MD, MA, MSc, FRCPC, DRSCPC
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.
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.
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 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.
Rodrigo Cavalcanti, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Dr. Rodrigo Cavalcanti is Associate Professor in General Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto, Director of the HoPingKong Centre and member of the Wilson Centre, University Health Network. He completed his MD and MSc at the University of Toronto. He is a CanMEDS Clinician Educator at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, where he is a member of the planning board for the International Conference on Residency Education, and track-chair for the conference’s Scholarly Conversations Working Dinner.
His research interests include assessment of trainee competence, applications of cognitive load theory and analytics in medical education. He is an award-winning teacher, recognized through multiple accolades, including the Canadian Association of Medical Education (CAME) Meredith Marks New Educator Award, and the Choice Critics Award from the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME).
Warren J. Cheung MD, MMEd, FRCPC, DRCPSC
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 the Director of Assessment and Associate Director Education Innovation in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. From 2016-2019 he held a 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. Dr. Cheung was the recipient of the Resident Doctors of Canada Mikhael Award for Medical Education in 2019 for his work on improving the quality of workplace-based assessments for emergency medicine trainees.
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
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
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.
Andrew K. Hall, MD, FRCPC, MMEd, DRCPSC
Dr. Andrew K. Hall is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine (EM) at the University of Ottawa, where he is the Vice-chair, Education and an education researcher. He works with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a Clinician Educator and chair of the Competency-By-Design Program Evaluation Operations team. He has been the recipient of several medical education awards, including a 2019 Canadian Association of Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit. He is additionally a member of the International Competency-Based Medical Education Collaborators and ex-chair of the Canadian Emergency Medicine Simulation Educators Research Collaborative (EM-SERC). His current research areas include simulation, simulation-based assessment, and competency-based medical education, with a focus on evaluation and outcomes.
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
Dr. Anna Oswald is a Rheumatologist and full Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta (U of A) with cross appointment to the Faculty of Education. She spent a year as a Visiting Scholar in Medical Education Research at McGill University’s Centre for Medical Education and completed a Masters in Medical Education (University of Dundee). She is active in a variety of classroom teaching and in clinical bedside teaching at the undergraduate, postgraduate and faculty development levels. Anna is the recipient of local and national teaching awards and grants, including the University of Alberta’s Rutherford Award and McCalla Professorship. She is a Clinician Educator for the Royal College and the University of Alberta’s Director of Competency Based Medical Education.
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.
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.