2018 AFMC Award Winners


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

Dr. Louise Nasmith Louise Nasmith, University of British Columbia

Dr. Louise Nasmith is a Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC. She is a fellow with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and an honorary fellow with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). She obtained her medical degree from McGill University in 1978 and her CCFP in 1982. She completed a Master’s of Education from McGill in 1994 and has published and presented nationally and internationally with her scholarship focusing on medical education spanning the continuum from undergraduate through to continuing professional development. In 1995 she was named chair of the Department of Family Medicine at McGill, a position that she held until 2002 when she moved to Toronto to take on the same role in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

From 2005-2006 she was the President of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. During that period she worked closely with other national associations to build stronger links with the CFPC. In June 2007, she assumed the role of Principal of the College of Health Disciplines at the University of British Columbia and in 2015 became the Associate Provost Health. She has been very involved with postgraduate education accreditation having served as member and chair of the CFPC Accreditation Committee, working closely with the RCPSC on projects related to setting new standards and the CanMeds2015 roles. She has served as one of the co-chairs for the Accreditation Alignment Task Force, one of the FMEC PG initiatives, and chairs the PGME Governance Council. For the last decade, she has been working with educators, practitioners, health authorities, and governments to advance collaborative practice and interprofessional education in various jurisdictions within Canada with a particular focus on primary health care. From 2007-2011, she was a member and then co-chair of the Health Canada funded initiative on Accreditation of Interprofessional Health Education and from 2003-2013 was a member of the National Expert Committee on Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Patient-Centred Care which later became the Task Force on Health Education.

The award recognizes excellence for national leadership in academic medicine. Activities might include providing leadership on national collaborative activities that provide frameworks for curriculum in health education; guidelines for faculty on teaching approaches or recruitment and student support, faculty affairs; advocacy for excellence in medical education or research in medical education; bio-medical or health services research.

AFMC - May Cohen Equity, Diversity, and Gender Award

Dr. KittyDarlene Kitty, University of Ottawa

Dr. Kitty is a Cree woman and family physician practicing in Chisasibi, the largest of 9 Cree communities in northern Quebec since 2006. She is the President of the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists of Region 18, that is, the Cree Territory in northern Quebec. She also serves as the Clinical Representative on the Board of Directors of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay.

As Director of the Indigenous Program at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Kitty works diligently to recruit, admit and support Indigenous students to become physicians. She is involved in the teaching and development of Indigenous health curricula, including academic activities in Indigenous health as Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Grand Rounds for several specialty programs. She has published several articles in Indigenous health and has made presentations at many conferences over her career.

Dr. Kitty is the Secretary and Past President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada. She collaborates with stakeholders, such as the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, College of Family Physicians of Canada Indigenous Health Working Group, the Royal College Indigenous Health Advisory Committee and the National Indigenous Health Science Circle, contributing to Indigenous-relevant initiatives, research and publications. She values her academic, clinical and administrative work as important avenues of care, teaching, and advocacy to address and improve Indigenous health and social issues, particularly in contributing to reconciliation.

The award recognizes the outstanding effort or achievement of an individual, program, department or faculty in improving the gender-equity environment and diversity in academic medicine in Canada.

AFMC Young Educators Award

Dr. Brent ThomaBrent Thoma, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Brent Thoma is an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan where he works as an emergency physician and trauma team leader. He completed residency at the University of Saskatchewan, a fellowship in medical simulation at Harvard Medical School, and a Master’s degrees in Leadership (Royal Roads University) and Health Professions Education (Massachusetts General Hospital Institute). He has published >50 peer reviewed manuscripts and received >$200,000 in research grants for his studies of technology-enhanced education investigating the quality of asynchronous online educational resources such as blogs and podcasts. Since completing residency, he has taken on roles as a Research Director, where he drafted and began implementing a strategic plan for research within a new Academic Department of Emergency Medicine; Program Director, where he contributed to the development of the Competence By Design assessment curriculum for emergency medicine; and Director of Simulation, where he drafted and began implementing a strategic plan for simulation within his College. He is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of CanadiEM.org, a free medical education website dedicated to building a community of Canadian emergency clinicians, which receives approximately 1,000,000 pageviews per year. He credits his early success to his exceptional collaborators, supportive mentors, and patient wife, son, and puppy.

The AFMC Young Educators Award recognizes individuals within their first seven years as a faculty member who have produced change within their university or within the medical community as a whole through their vision, work, and interaction with colleagues.

AFMC Clinical Teacher Award

Dr. DanielsVijay Daniels, University of Alberta

Vijay Daniels is an associate professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta. After graduating from the University of Manitoba medical school, he completed his Core Internal Medicine residency and General Internal Medicine sub-specialty training at the University of Alberta. He has been on faculty at the University of Alberta since 2009. He also completed the Master of Health Professions Education program at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013.

Dr. Daniels spends all of his clinical medicine time on teaching services such as Internal Medicine inpatient wards and consults, and outpatient urgent clinics. His non-clinical portfolio focuses on educational activities split between non-clinical teaching activities (curriculum and assessment design, peer review of clinical teaching), educational administration (Associate Program Director of Assessment for the Internal Medicine residency program and Director of Clinical Assessment for the MD Program), and educational scholarship.

Dr. Daniels is a well-recognized teacher and mentor both in the clinical and non-clinical environment with over 20 awards for teaching and mentoring excellence since 2009 including the CAME Certificate of Merit and the University of Alberta’s premier teaching award, the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.

The AFMC Clinical Teacher Award was created in 2014. This award aims to emphasize the importance of excellence in clinical teaching and to recognize an individual in Canada who has provided exceptional clinical teaching contribution.

AFMC - John Ruedy Award for Innovation in Medical Education

Dr. E. Marc JolicoeurMarc Jolicoeur, Université de Montréal

Dr. E. Marc Jolicoeur, MD, MSc, MHS, FRCPC, FACC, FSCAI, is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Université de Montréal Department of Medicine. He divides his time between practising interventional cardiology and developing innovative clinical trial designs for research. Dr. Jolicoeur holds a research scholarship from the FRQS (Junior 2 career award) and the CIHR for his work on applying Bayesian statistics to the assessment of new strategies for treating acute myocardial infarction. He also receives funding from the CIHR for a project to democratize clinical research through the development of randomized registry trials using administrative health databases. Dr. Jolicoeur's work has been published in prestigious journals, notably the New England Journal of Medicine.

As director of research for the adult cardiology residency program, Dr. Jolicoeur is developing the innovative concept of "resident-initiated research," which incorporates learning about the profession of clinician-researcher into the cardiology residency. The Canadian Cardiovascular Society recognized this original approach by awarding a grant to support the project in 2014. Dr. Jolicoeur recently received the Emerging Leader Mentorship Award, jointly awarded by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention (SCAI), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF), in recognition of his promising young career.

To honour Dr. John Ruedy on his retirement as Dean of Medicine at Dalhousie University in 1999, the faculty of medicine established a national award in his name. The AFMC - John Ruedy Award for Innovation in Medical Education will be awarded to an individual or group who has developed innovative print materials, electronic learning aids or other teaching aids.

AFMC - Charles Boelen International Social Accountability Award

Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of MedicineThe Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine (ADZU-SOM)

The Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine (ADZU-SOM) is an innovative medical school, responsive to the social, cultural, and health realities of southwestern Mindanao, Philippines, whose mission is to help provide solutions to the pressing health priorities of the people and communities in Southwestern Mindanao.

The ADZU-SOM started in 1993 as a local dream, when a group of concerned local physicians and community leaders came together to establish the Zamboanga Medical School Foundation (ZMSF)—a stand-alone, non-profit foundation hosted within the Ateneo de Zamboanga University. It started with $500 seeding fund and local volunteer medical practitioners but big ambitions to serve the most underserved region of the Philippines. This region of 3.2M people scattered over inaccessible islands and mountain regions had 14 of the 40 poorest municipalities and 7 of the 10 poorest provinces in the Philippines. The infant mortality rate was then 75-80 per 1000 live births and over 80% of towns and municipalities were without doctors. In 2004, the ZMSF became formally incorporated into the Ateneo De Zamboanga University.

To date, ADZU-SOM has produced 425 licensed MD graduates with 243 having completed additional MPH degrees. The vast majority (96 percent) are still working in the Philippines. Most are working in previously underserved communities; 40 percent are employed by the government, while 39 percent serve in remote, rural areas that previously had no doctors. The infant mortality rate of the region has dropped to 5.5-7 per thousand live births (Department of Health Survey).

ADZU-SOM believes that as developing countries struggle to find solutions to produce socially accountable health human resource suitable for local settings, we, the volunteers in Zamboanga, have shown a way forward to assert that historical disadvantage does not have to be our ongoing destiny.

The AFMC - Charles Boelen International Social Accountability Award was created in 2014. This AFMC award - named after Dr. Charles Boelen, a world leader in Social Accountability - aims to celebrate people or organizations whose professional accomplishments are an example of the principles of social accountability implemented as defined in the Global Consensus for Social Accountability of Medical Schools (www.healthsocialaccountability.org) and in internationally recognized references.

AFMC Award for Outstanding Contribution to Faculty Development in Canada

Allyn WalshAllyn Walsh, McMaster University (co-recipient)

Allyn Walsh MD CCFP FCFP is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University. She is currently President of the Canadian Association of Medical Education. Until recently, she chaired the Faculty Development Education Committee for the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and led the development of the Fundamental Teaching Activities framework, used to prepare and coach teachers for their roles. Allyn was a member of the group that developed the CFPC’s Triple C Competency based curriculum. Nationally, Allyn has chaired the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada’s Committee on Faculty Development and the CFPC’s Accreditation Committee. She is the immediate past chair of the World Organization of Family Doctor’s Working Party on Education, and led the development of global standards for postgraduate family medicine education. Allyn continues to direct the Practice Based Small Group Education program, based at McMaster and has authored or edited all 10 of their modules for clinical teachers in the health professions. She has held a number of educational portfolios at McMaster, including that of Family Medicine Postgraduate Program Director, Assistant Dean Program for Faculty Development in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Chair, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Medical Education.

Allyn is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Ian McWhinney Family Medicine Education Award for her significant impact on the development of family medicine education in Canada, has published on a variety of topics in medical education, has served committees both external and internal too numerous to count.

Dr. Karen LeslieKaren Leslie, University of Toronto (co-recipient)

Dr. Karen Leslie is a staff paediatrician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She is a clinician-educator, involved in many aspects of educational development and evaluation. Her scholarly work is in the areas of faculty development, career development and mentoring in academia.

Dr. Leslie is the Director of the Centre for Faculty Development, Faculty of Medicine, and in that capacity oversees the development, delivery and evaluation of programs and initiatives aimed at enhancing faculty roles and experiences at the individual and organizational levels. Nationally she is chair of the Association of Faculties of Medicine Canada (AFMC) Faculty Development Network and also chairs the Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Professional Development Committee.

Internationally she is on the Association of Medical Education of Europe (AMEE) Faculty Development Committee Executive and has been involved on the Program and Scientific committees for the inaugural as well as the last 3 International Conferences on Faculty Development in the Health Professions.

In order to emphasize the importance of faculty development and to recognize an individual or a group in Canada who has made an exceptional contribution in the area of Faculty Development, AFMC is pleased to offer the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Faculty Development in Canada.