Clinician Educator Mentorship Program

The Clinician Educator Mentorship Program is back for a second year! Established clinician educators will make themselves available during conference to mentor those who are interested in becoming clinician educators.

Thank you to our 2018 team of mentors: Rob Woods, Teresa Chan, Andrew Hall, Paul OlszynskiJill McEwen, Jonathan Sherbino, Lisa Thurgur, Chris HicksConnie LeBlancJason FrankCatherine Patocka, Tamara McColl, Kirk Magee.

Interested in booking a mentorship session?

1. SIGN UP up for a session via the online registration sheet.
2. CAEP staff will confirm your appointment.
3. Meet your mentor at the CAEP booth ( #101) in the exhibit hall or make alternate arrangements for a meeting spot.

Rob Woods

  • MD (Saskatchewan 2002)
  • FRCPC (Alberta 2007)
  • MMEd (Scotland, 2011)

Positions held:

  • Clerkship Director, Saskatchewan 2008-2011
  • Residency Program Director 2011 – present
  • CAEP Education Scholarship Committee Chair, 2015 to present

Interests: Curriculum Development, Teaching & Learning

Teresa Chan

  • MD (Western University, 2008)
  • FRCPC (McMaster University, 2013)
  • BEd (University of Toronto, 2004)
  • MHPE (University of Illinois at Chicago, 2016)

Positions held:

  • McMaster RCPSC EM residency, Clinical Competency Committee Chairperson;
  • Canadian Association of Medical Educators Communications Director (2016-present);
  • Decision Editor, Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine;
  • Decision Editor, Academic Emergency Medicine Education & Training;


  • learner assessment
  • education innovations
  • online teaching/learning
  • intrinsic CanMEDS teaching/learning (communication skills, managerial skills)
  • decision-making in complex environments

Andrew Hall

Assistant Professor, Competency-Based Medical Education Lead

  • BHSc – McMaster University – 2004
  • MD – Queen’s University – 2008
  • FRCPC – Emergency Medicine – Queen’s University – 2013
  • MMEd – University of Dundee – 2016


  • The development and validation of competency-based assessment tools for EM trainees
  • The use of simulation and novel technologies for assessment and self-assessment

Paul Olszynski

  • MD (Saskatchewan, 2005)
  • CCFP EM (Saskatchewan, 2008)
  • MEd (Ed Admin) 2014

Positions held:

  • Pre-clerkship and Simulation Coordinator for EM  2008-2010
  • Lead, Ultrasound Guided Medical Education (UGME) 2014 – present
  • Director, Clinical Ultrasonography (UGME, PGME, CME) 2016 – present
  • Education Lead – CAEP Emergency Ultrasound Committee (2015-present)


  • Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS)/Clinical Ultrasonography
  • Simulation
  • Curriculum design and evaluation

Jill McEwen

  • MD University of Toronto, 1982
  • FRCP Emergency Medicine, Queens, 1986
  • Cert Med Ed (Dundee, 2017)
  • Med Ed Diploma/MMEd Candidate (Dundee)
  • Clinical Professor, UBC

Positions held:

  • Undergraduate Program Director, UBC Dept of EM, 1990-present
  • Vancouver Fraser MDUP Clerkship & Site Director 2010-2014
  • Assistant Dean, MDUP, Fraser, UBC 2012-2015
  • Chair, CAEP Undergraduate Education Committee 2008-2012
  • CAEP Board member, 2010 – present
  • CAEP Immediate Past President 2016-present
  • CAEP Education Scholarship Committee member, 2013 – present
  • National Specialty Society (CAEP) Rep, RCPSC EM Specialty Committee 2015-present
  • Attending EP, Vancouver General Hospital,1987-present

Curriculum Development, Professionalism, Teaching & Learning, Academic Learning Communities

Jonathan Sherbino

  • MD (University of Ottawa, 2001)
  • FRCPC (University of Toronto, 2006)
  • MEd (University of Toronto, 2006)

Positions held:

  • Chair EM Specialty Committee
  • Asst Dean Education Research, McMaster


  • Diagnostic reasoning
  • CBME
  • Curriculum design

Lisa Thurgur

  • MD (University of Calgary 2002)
  • FRCP (Toronto 2008)
  • FRCP – Clin Pharm Tox (Toronto 2009)
  • MSc (UBC 1997)

Positions held:

  • Clerkship Director, Toronto, 2009-2013
  • Undergraduate Pharmacology Director, Toronto, 2009-2013
  • Clinical Toxicologist and Educator, Ontario Poison Centre, Toronto, 2009-2013
  • Residency Assistant Program Director, Ottawa, 2014-2017
  • Residency Program Director, Ottawa, 2017- Present

Chris Hicks

Chris is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. His is interested in how teams work, or fail to work, during crisis events. To that end, he has studied all sorts of peculiar stuff, from mental practice to stress inoculation training, in an effort to help make teams safer and more effective. Chris is an avid speaker and lecturer, staunch #FOAMed supporter, occasional runner, semi-retired pianist, and proud father of three lunatic boys.

Recent research projects include stress inoculation training for high acuity events, the role of mental practice in team-based trauma resuscitation, and a collaboration with human factors engineers to identify process, logistical and personnel-based latent safety hazards in the trauma bay.

Connie LeBlanc

  • ED doc since 1989
  • Full professor of EM
  • Associate Dean CPD at Dalhousie
  • Former CAEP CME chair
  • Mother of two adult kids


  • Hidden curriculum
  • Continuing professional development
  • Quality and safety
  • Choosing Wisely
  • Revalidation and retesting
  • Flipped classroom

Jason Frank

  • Master of Arts in Education (2002)- Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UofT)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (2002), FRCPC in Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine Specialist Residency Program (2002), University of Toronto FRCPC EM Residency
  • Emergency Medicine Area of Concentration in Medical Education (2002), University of Toronto
  • Doctor of Medicine – magna cum laude (1997), University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Sciences (1992), Queens University at Kingston

Positions held:

  • Director, Specialty Education, Strategy, and Standards, Office of Specialty Education
  • Vice-Chair, Education, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2012 – present)
  • Director, Educational Research and Development, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa (2015-present) 
  • Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa (2011 – present)

Catherine Patocka

  • MD (McGill 2008), FRCPC (McGill 2013)
  • MHPE (Maastricht, 2016)

Positions held:

  • Provincial Clinical Knowledge Lead in Emergency Medicine 2018-present
  • Calgary CBD Lead 2017-present
  • CJEM Education decision editor 2016-present
  • CAEP Education Scholarship Committee Member, 2017 to present

Interests: Simulation, spaced instruction, point of care resources, performance metrics for CPD

Tamara McColl

  • MD (University of Manitoba, 2011)
  • Clinician Educator Certification, Healthcare Education Scholars Program (University of Ottawa, 2015)
  • FRCPC Emergency Medicine (University of Ottawa, 2016)
  • MMEd (University of Dundee, ongoing)

Positions Held:

  • Associate Editor, Academic Life in Emergency Medicine, MEdIC series (2016-present)
  • CAEP Education Scholarship Committee (2016-present)
  • Academic Lead, Educational Scholarship (University of Manitoba, 2016-present)
  • Chair, Morbidity and Mortality Rounds (University of Manitoba, 2016-present)
  • Clinical Competency Committee (2017-present)
  • UGME, Program Evaluation Committee (University of Manitoba, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, 2017-present)
  • St. Boniface Hospital Simulation Program Lead (2018-present)


  • Simulation
  • FOAMed and Social Media
  • Technology in Medical Education
  • Competency Based Medical Education

Kirk Magee

  • Dalhousie 1995
  • University of Alberta FRCPC 2000
  • MSc Epidemiology UofA 2004

Interests: Competency based education, advancing EM specialty education, resident research

Positions held:

  • Undergrad Coordinator 2001-7
  • Program Director 2007-11
  • Research Director 2013-present
  • RCPS EM Specialty Comm 2014-18
  • Chair of RCPS EM Specialty Comm 2018, CAEP Section of Academic Emergency Medicine 2014-present
    Education scholarship or medical education administrative interests: Competency based education, advancing EM specialty education, resident research