2017 AFMC Award Winners

AFMC President's Award for Exemplary National Leadership in Academic Medicine

Claire Touchie, University of Ottawa

Dr. Touchie completed her MD and her internal medicine training at McGill University. Following further training in Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, she accepted a position at Dalhousie University (1996-2000) where her interest in Medical Education began. In June of 2000, she moved to the University of Ottawa where she is now an Associate Professor of Medicine. Her focus is on Medical Education and the care of patients with HIV infection.

Since January 2012, Dr. Touchie is the Chief Medical Education Advisor at the Medical Council of Canada and was the physician lead for the MCC’s Blueprint project which is transforming both the MCC Qualifying Examination Part I and Part II. She is co-leading the AFMC EPA working group, helping medical schools implement Entrustable Professional Activities for the transition between medical school and residency. Her involvement in faculty development includes leading the CAME course Principles of Assessment for the Continuum of Clinical Competence and as a past faculty member for CLIME. Her medical education research interests include various aspects of student and resident training, written and performance assessments, Entrustable Professional Activities and feedback.

AFMC - May Cohen Equity, Diversity, and Gender Award

Bruce Martin, University of ManitobaDr. Martin

Dr. Bruce Martin is a family physician who has held a number of senior academic positions within the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. In his current role as Director of Admissions he has been a strong advocate for addressing the historical under-representation of individuals from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, as well as learners with disabilities. He has collaborated extensively in promoting a safe, supportive and professional learning environment, and has been frequently recognized by students for his contributions to teaching and mentorship. His clinical career has been extensively focused on northern and Indigenous communities with a commitment to enhancing access to culturally safe and culturally proficient care. Dr. Martin’s commitment to addressing the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are manifest in the continuum of his personal life, clinical and academic roles.

AFMC Young Educators Award

Teresa Chan, McMaster UniversityDr. Chan

Dr. Chan is an emergency physician, base hospital physician, and clinician educator in Hamilton, ON. She is currently an assistant professor at McMaster University. Since 2014, she has been the Director of Continuing Professional Development for the Division of Emergency Medicine. She is also the Director of Assessment for the McMaster Royal College Emergency Medicine Residency. Nationally, she is the Communications Director of the Canadian Association of Medical Educators (CAME) and is an executive member of the Early Career Medical Educators section. She on the editorial boards of two journals (Academic Emergency Medicine Education & Training, Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine) and has been awarded a Top Reviewer award from Academic Medicine two years running.  Teresa's education interests are broad and far reaching:  She is an academic innovator, an avid medical education researcher, and an active teacher/mentor. She enjoys exploring several lines of research, including critical appraisal scoring systems for online educational resources, decision making of physicians in complex environments, and workplace-based assessment systems. She has also helped to foster several free and open access medical education blogs (CanadiEM.org, FemInEM.org, ALiEM.com, International Clinician Educator's Blog).

AFMC Clinical Teacher Award

Robert Silver, University of TorontoR Silver

A graduate of Dalhousie Medical School (1978), Rob Silver is a Clinician Educator at the Toronto Western Hospital division of the University Health Network at the University of Toronto and a Professor of Medicine. An educator of great passion and energy, he provides an estimated 1000 hours per year of formal teaching in the settings of one on one teaching in the office, seminars, PBL, bedside, large group teaching and small group teaching within the specialties of Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine. He facilitates learning at all levels including Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Continuing Education. He has supervised an estimated 2200 students in his 32 years of clinical practice. His favorite teaching activity continues to be a weekly interactive problem-based learning session with his Endocrinology residents and students entitled “Coffee, Crumpets and Questions”. He has a special interest in methods of evaluation and the creation of new and novel approaches to interactive learning. 

Throughout his career, he has served on more than 20 different medical education committees, at the hospital, university divisional and faculty-wide levels. For his achievements in teaching and education administration, he has been recognized and honored with nearly 30 career teaching awards. His passion for theater and music forms the basis of his creativity and innovation in medical education. He considers teaching as an in vivo “performance”, requiring great focus, energy and enthusiasm, an emphasis on effective communication and a desire to be creative in the process of “entertaining” his students. He encourages a free exchange of ideas, while maintaining a sense of humor to make the learning more fun, but above all, he maintains a mutual respect for and a willingness to learn from his students and all the while, in a highly energetic and interactive format. In his “spare” time, Dr. Silver has served as Musical Director of “LifeBeat”, a group of musically gifted health care professionals and for the past 30 years, he has served as a volunteer Cantor of Congregation Darchei Noam in Toronto.

AFMC - John Ruedy Award for Innovation in Medical Education

Sanjay Sharma, Queen’s UniversityDr. SSharma

Dr. Sanjay Sharma, MD, MSc (Epid), MBA, a professor of ophthalmology and epidemiology at Queen’s University, is the founder of medskl.com – a new open-access platform developed to redesign medical education through the use of white board animation and "Ted Talks." Medskl.com now reaches students from over 60 Universities, and its faculty consists of over 190 award-winning educators. Dr. Sharma, a clinician-scientist, has authored over 200 research articles and three books including the American Medical Association’s Evidence-based to Value Based Medicine. His research in macular degeneration, health economics and medical education has been cited in the scientific literature over 7,000 times. Dr. Sharma, who has received a number of grants and awards – including those from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation – completed his medical education at Harvard University.

AFMC - Charles Boelen International Social Accountability Award

International Federation of Medical Students' AssociationsIFMSA logo

The International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA), founded in 1951, is one of the world's oldest and largest student-run organizations. It represents, connects and engages every day with over 1.3 million medical students from 130 national member organizations in 123 countries around the globe. It provides medical students with the skills, tools and knowledge to become healthcare leaders of tomorrow, focusing on four main global health areas: public health, sexual and reproductive health, medical education, human rights and peace. Through education initiatives, research, advocacy, student representation and community work, IFMSA raises awareness and acts to address issues for social accountability worldwide. The award is accepted by Alexander Lachapelle, IFMSA Liaison Officer for Medical Education issues, on behalf of the IFMSA Executive Board, and the entire IFMSA community.

AFMC Award for Outstanding Contribution to Faculty Development in Canada (posthumous)

Karen V. Mann, Dalhousie UniversityK Mann

Karen Mann, B.Sc. (Nursing), M.Sc. (Health Education), Ph.D. (Education) was professor emerita in the Division of Medical Education, Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. She passed away after a brief illness on November 28, 2016, in Halifax, Nova Scotia surrounded by her family. Karen was a great but humble scholar, a leading light in the field of medical education and a valued colleague to educators all over the world. Her teaching career of over 50 years made her one of Canada’s most widely respected health educators. Karen believed passionately in the power of educational research and theory to strengthen health education and was committed to learners and colleagues and to enabling each to become the best that they could be.

Karen began her career in education as a nursing instructor, Victoria General Hospital, Halifax and in 1986 joined the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University as Director, Medical Education Unit. Subsequently she was Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education and Student Affairs, and from 1995-2006, founding Head, Division of Medical Education, the unit promoting scholarship and capacity-building in medical education. Nationally and internationally, Karen assumed numerous leadership roles in medical education, among them CAME president (1993-94), Chair Research in Medical Education Planning Committee (1997-8) and Chair Group on Educational Affairs (2006-8) AAMC, and most recently, Chair Editorial Board for Medical Education. She was a faculty member, University of Manchester, UK and member, Professional Education Advisory Committee International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Karen has been recognized through a number of prestigious awards nationally and internationally.



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70 Years of AFMC in Action

This commemorative video, which was commissioned as part of the AFMC’s 70th anniversary celebrations, features representatives of the AFMC and its Board of Directors, Canadian faculties of medicine, national partner organizations and learner groups. In addition to providing pan-Canadian footage of our faculties in action, it showcases the AFMC’s outstanding contributions to academic medicine in Canada over its 70-year existence.

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