Every end has a new beginning

Over the past 4 years, the CPD Research Office has enjoyed significant success and productivity under the leadership of Dr. Simon Kitto. Nonetheless, it is with mixed emotions that I inform the CPD community that Dr. Simon Kitto will be leaving CPD to join the newly formed Department of Innovation in Medical Education as a tenure-track Associate Professor in Continuing Professional Development at the University of Ottawa. The last day in his current role is December 31, 2014.

As with many members of the University of Toronto community, Simon will not be leaving us completely. He will retain a co-chair position of eRICE with Dr. Ryan Brydges here at CPD; the flagship of a global CPD research community. This Toronto innovation is the crucible within which global leaders in CPD research are tempered.

Simon’s career move also heralds the forging of a new and exciting relationship with the University of Ottawa’s CPD office. We look forward to what the future holds and how we might bring our strengths to the table to foster the development of an international CPD research community together.

Finally, Dr. Kitto will continue to work closely with Drs. Anastakis, Schneeweiss and Goldman on research concerning ongoing faculty development of Continuing Education Directors and Leaders.

Please join me in wishing Simon continued academic success in his new position at the University of Ottawa. Simon can be reached at skitto@uottawa.ca

As we look to the future, we will need to revisit CPD research and how best to support the scholarly work being done by CPD researchers, directors and leaders. This represents a unique opportunity for us to rethink, reinvest and restructure CPD research.

More to come in 2015!

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