Faculty: Week 2


Dave Davis, MD, CCFP, FCFP, FRCPC(hon), FSACME
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For nearly 40 years, Dr. Davis was a family physician in Ontario, Canada. During that time, he was active in “CME” as: chairman of an all-staff inter-professional CE program at a community hospital; director and subsequently chair of continuing education at McMaster University’s innovative Faculty of Health Sciences; associate dean, continuing education, and founding director of the Knowledge Translation Program in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; and chairman of Ontario’s Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Dr. Davis also developed a comprehensive provincial competency assessment program, and helped launch a center for faculty development at the University of Toronto. In 2007, Dr Davis was named Vice President (subsequently renamed as Senior Director), Continuing Education and Performance Improvement at the Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC. In 2015, Dr. Davis was appointed Professor and Senior Director, Center for Outcomes and Research in Education (CORE), Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai, UAE.

His current work in Dubai focuses on the creation of the Center for Outcomes and Research in Education (CORE), pulling together themes of quality improvement, system and patient outcomes and effective education.


Shiphra Ginsburg, MD, MEd, PhD
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Dr. Ginsburg is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and a Scientist at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education. She is also Academic Director, CPD. She completed medical school at McGill, followed by postgraduate training in Internal Medicine (at U of T), Respirology and Critical Care (at McMaster) and a Master of Education at OISE. She completed a PhD in Health Professions Education at Maastricht University.

Her program of research involves two inter-related areas. The first explores how clinical supervisors conceptualize, assess and communicate about the performance and competence of their learners, with a focus on the language used in workplace-based assessment. The second area explores the construct of professionalism in medical education, from the perspective of learners, faculty and practicing physicians. Dr. Ginsburg also collaborates widely with colleagues from U of T and nationally/internationally on projects related to cross-cultural professionalism, the effect of the environment on performance assessments, gender issues in teacher assessments, how successful people handle failure, and issues central to the field of medical education research and scholarship in general, including academic publishing and dissemination.

She serves as Deputy Editor at the journal Medical Education and is on the Editorial Board of Academic Medicine. Dr. Ginsburg is the Director of the Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Educator Training Program and Director of Education Research and Scholarship, both in the Department of Medicine.



Susan J. Lieff MD, MEd, MMan, FRCPC
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Dr. Lieff is a Geriatric Psychiatrist, Professor and the past Vice-Chair of Education of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (UT) from 2010- 2017. She is currently the founding Director of the New and Evolving Academic Leaders Program (NEAL) at the Centre for Faculty Development, Faculty of Medicine and St Michael’s Hospital, an international program that supports the development of leaders in the academic health sciences. She completed her Masters of Education in higher education of health professionals at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/UT in 2002 and her International Masters in Health Leadership at McGill University in 2008. Dr. Lieff’s scholarship focuses on studying the practices, networks and perspectives of academic leaders in the health sciences as well as the design and evaluation of academic leadership development programs in the health sciences.

She has been recognized for her excellence in teaching and educational innovation by the University of Toronto, UT Faculty of Medicine, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Canadian Association of Medical Education, the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the Association of Academic Psychiatry and the American and Canadian Psychiatric Associations.


Emily Louca
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Emily is the Education Manager in Learning Institute for the Simulation and Resuscitation Education Programs. Emily joined the Learning Institute in 2008 as a Simulation Educator and has continually contributed to the growth of the Simulation Program by expanding the use of simulation beyond education to support quality improvement, patient safety, process improvement, evaluation and commissioning. Emily led the program’s renewal for accreditation with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons resulting in a successful 5 year accreditation. Emily has also been involved in two Leading Practices awarded by Accreditation Canada for the QI project “The Use of In-situ Simulation as a Needs Assessment to Detect Human and System Errors” and the Health Standards Organization for “Onsite Workplace Simulation Framework to Assist Return to Work”. Emily is currently enrolled in the MALead program at the University of Guelph.



Heather MacNeill, MD, BSc(PT), MScCH(HPTE), FRCPC
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Dr. MacNeill is currently Medical Director of Stroke Rehabilitation for the Sinai Health System. She is also Staff Physiatrist at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare. At the same time, she also co-instructs Educational Technologies for Health Career Professionals, https://www.healthedutech.com/.

Previously, she acted as Director of Medical Education at Bridgepoint and as Director of COIL – Collaborative Online Interprofessional Learning/Research. She has been invited lecturer at Edutech, Centre for Faculty Development, Master’s Teacher, and INTAPT (Interprofessional Applied Practical Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions). In 2012, Dr. Macneill received the Fred Fallis Award for Distance Education (U of T) & Fox award-best research presentation (SACME, collaborative vs. individual online learning).


Jonathan Pirie MD, MEd, FRCPC, ABP (PEM)
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Dr. Pirie is a staff physician in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor, University of Toronto. He is the Director of Simulation for Pediatric Emergency Medicine and the Simulation Fellowship program. His simulation interests include development of core curricula for postgraduate training programs, in-situ team training, and competency based simulation for trainees and faculty. He also is a technology enthusiast, promoting the use of technology to improve clinical practice through the use of online and mobile applications.

In 2016, Dr. Pirie received the Colin Woolf Award, U of T Faculty of Medicine, for demonstrating a sustained commitment to education. He also received the Harry Bain Award (2011) for excellence in teaching – pediatric residents, Department of Pediatrics. His clinical interests include the resuscitation of acutely ill children and the management of febrile children at risk for serious bacterial infection. Other educational interests include residents in difficulty and the role of remediation in postgraduate trainees.



Suzan Schneeweiss MD, MEd, FRCPC
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Dr. Schneeweiss is an Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto and Associate Dean for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the Faculty of Medicine. She is a faculty member and Director of Education for the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Dr. Schneeweiss has dedicated her career to advancing CPD and worked as the Academic Director for University of Toronto CPD (2013-2015) and Director for Continuing Education for the Department of Paediatrics at SickKids (2004- 2013). She served as a CPD educator for the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada for 6 years where she worked to support the maintenance of certification program and lifelong learning, completing her term in 2016. She has been extensively involved in educational development and scholarship throughout her career and has acquired a broad range of experience in program development leading a variety of innovative local, national and international courses and conferences.


Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam MD, MHPE, FRCPC
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Dr. Sockalingam is Vice President of Education at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) where he co-leads the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO). He is also Associate Professor of Psychiatry at University of Toronto and Director of Curriculum Renewal for the Medical Psychiatry Alliance.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Manitoba and his psychiatry residency at the University of Toronto. Dr. Sockalingam received a Masters of Health Professions Education from University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Sockalingam has also served as Deputy, Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the University Health Network (UHN), and Director of Continuing Professional and Practice Development for Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Sockalingam is a lead investigator on several peer-reviewed clinical and medical education grants. His education research is focused on training for managing complexity in healthcare, alignment of quality improvement and continuing professional development, and understanding factors influencing lifelong learning in practice. He has been the recipient of several national and international education awards related to education scholarship, teaching and leadership.



Jane Tipping MADEd
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Jane Tipping is an adult education specialist with an expertise in continuing professional development. She has a background in faculty development, continuing professional education, instructional design and program evaluation. Currently Jane works as an educational consultant with the Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada as well as the Canadian Anesthesiologist Society.

Jane has worked with several Canadian associations including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Canadian Rheumatology Association, and the Canadian Anesthesiology Association. She presents at many national and international educational meetings and is well known for her skills in educational design and facilitation. She has won several awards including an outstanding collaboration award between industry and academia (Alliance for Continuing Medical Education), Best Article Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. Jane is currently co-chair of the Special Interest Group in CPD and the CPD committee for the Association of Medical Educators of Europe.

Jane is very passionate about CPD and the need to continually “push the bar”. It is also her intention to contribute to raising the awareness of the importance of CPD within the medical education continuum.


David Wiljer BA, MA, PhD
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Dr. David Wiljer is a member of the community providing groundbreaking perspectives and inspiring contributions to digital health policy, management, education and evaluation. He is the Executive Director of Education, Technology & Innovation at the University Health Network, and former Senior Director of Transformational Education and Academic Advancement at CAMH. David is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is a former President of the American Association of Cancer Education, and was the founding Chair of a national working group, the Canadian Committee for Patient Accessible Electronic Health Records (CCPAEHR), dedicated to involving patients in their EH. He was also an inaugural Associate Director of the Centre for Health, Wellness and Cancer Survivorship at the Princess Margaret Cancer Program at the University Health Network.

His work focuses on patient and health professions education, specifically patient involvement, digitally enabled education and life-long learning. He has explored the development of large programs, infrastructure, communities, and research initiatives that involve health professionals, patients and families in new approaches to education and care delivery, including patient portals for providing patients with access to their health records and social networking approaches to promote self-management and self-care.