Current Fellows

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Gharid Nourallah Bekdache is a clinical fellow in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital pursuing a master towards a PhD degree at the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. She is also a fellow at the Wilson Center. She received her master in Professional Health Education from OISE/UOFT in 2016.Her research focuses on competency based Curriculum, assessment, and adaptive expertise.

Supervisor(s): Maria Mylopoulos,  Mahan Kulasegaram


Arija Birze is a PhD student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in the Social & Behavioural Health Sciences stream. She received her Master of Arts in Sociology & Equity Studies in Education from OISE/UT in 2009. Before starting her doctoral program, Arija worked at the Wilson Centre as a Research Analyst II. She is now a 2014-16 Currie Fellowship recipient. Her current research interests include how the gendered organization of emotional, high stress occupations is written into the body and biologically translated into health inequalities. Supervisor(s): Elise Paradis


Madison Brydges is a Health Studies PhD student in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Jim Dunn. She completed her Master of Arts from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science specializing in Paramedicine from the University of Toronto. Her research takes a sociological approach to explore changes to paramedic roles within the context of broader health care system reforms. Supervisor(s): Elise ParadisWalter Tavares


Leigh Chapman is a PhD Candidate at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing under the supervision of Sioban Nelson. Leigh’s doctoral research will explore how regulated health professionals competency assessment is understood in a Canadian academic hospital. Supervisor(s): Brian Hodges, Elise Paradis


Jeffrey Cheung is a PhD student of the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. Previously, he completed a HBSc in Neuroscience and a MSc in Medical Science. His PhD research explores the impact of integrating conceptual (Knowing Why) and procedural knowledge (Knowing How) in the instructional design of simulation-based procedural skills, with a specific interest in the transfer of learning to novel contexts that require adaptive expertise. Supervisor(s): Ryan BrydgesCarol-anne Moulton


Steve Durant is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He has a Master’s in Public policy, Administration and Law from York University and a BA in political science from Memorial University. Steve’s dissertation project is a critical historical analysis of reform of mental health services from the early nineteenth century to the present. Inspired by the methodological and theoretical contributions of feminist sociologist Dorothy Smith and social historian Michel Foucault, this research explores the relationship between discourse and actual developments in policy and practice at the systemic and institutional levels. Supervisor(s): Fiona Webster


Jacquelin Forsey is a first-year MSc student in the Rehabilitation Science Institute at the University of Toronto, and a research fellow at the Wilson Centre and the Centre for Ambulatory Care Education. Under the supervision of Dr. Nikki Woods and Dr. Stella Ng, she is employing statistical semantics to explore the way clinicians are taught to speak to aging patients and about the older population. Supervisors:  Stella Ng and Nikki Woods


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Cathy Fournier is a returning Research Fellow at the Wilson Centre, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University. Her research interests focus on the integration of Aboriginal healing practices and traditional forms of medicine within biomedicine, using decolonizing research methodologies. Cathy has been awarded a SSHRC Joseph Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship to support her studies. She has been a registered massage therapist for over 25 years and remains involved in massage therapy education. 

Supervisors: Lisa Richardson, Cynthia Whitehead, Ayelet Kuper


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Simon Haney is a Masters student at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. Previously, he completed an Honours BSc in Health Studies from the faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. His current research is focused on how to better incorporate the patient perspective into the assessment of professionalism in medicine.

Supervisor(s): Shiphra Ginsburg


Jamie Kellar is a PhD candidate at the School of Health Professions Education (SHE), Maastricht University, and a Fellow at the Wilson Centre supervised by Dr. Elise Paradis. She received an Honours Bachelor of Science (human kinetics) from the University of Guelph, and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, both from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto.  Jamie is a registered pharmacist and an Assistant Professor – teaching stream at the Faculty of Pharmacy, U of T.  For her PhD studies she is using a Foucauldian approach to explore the dominant discourses of pharmacist identity over the last century in North America, questioning the past to shape the future of pharmacy practice. Supervisor: Elise Paradis


Rabia Khan is a PhD student at the Institute of Medical Science and Research Fellow at the Wilson Centre, University of Toronto. Previously, Rabia completed an honours B.Sc. (Life Science) and B.A. (Political Science). She is currently part of the Collaborative Program in Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Her current research interests lie in the intersection of global health and medical education. Her work focuses on the ‘health of health workers’ and specific to her PhD, on the systemic factors that affect the mental health of physicians in training. Supervisor(s): Brian HodgesTina Martimianakis


Andrea Kirou-Marou is a resident in the Pediatric Clinician Investigator program pursuing a Master of Science in Health Science Education at McMaster University under the supervision of Lawrence Grierson. She is also a fellow at the Wilson Centre under the supervision of Ryan Brydges. Andrea’s research focuses on mastery learning through simulation, the acquisition of procedural skills and the prevention of skill decay. 
Supervisor(s): Ryan Brydges


Patti Leake is a PhD student at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Elise Paradis and Heather Boon. She completed an honours degree in biology at Queen's University, and a teaching degree at Simon Fraser University.  Her research interests are in midwifery research capacity building and the discourse of research in the profession of midwifery in Ontario.
Supervisor(s): Elise Paradis


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Kinnon Ross MacKinnon is a PhD candidate in public health at the University of Toronto. His doctoral work investigates key clinical texts used in transition medicine. Informed by the tenets of institutional ethnography, Kinnon is curious about the ways that standards of care govern the clinical interactions between transgender people and medical providers. Kinnon holds a Master of Social Work and locates his broad area of research and practice at the intersections of LGBTQ health, advocacy, and community-based research. 
Supervisor(s): Stella Ng


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Sydney McQueen is an MD/PhD student at the University of Toronto. She has completed the first two years of the MD curriculum and is now a PhD student at the Institute of Medical Science. She previously completed a BSc in Life Science and Neuroscience at Queen’s University, and an MSc in Health Science Education at McMaster University. Sydney’s research interests include competency-based assessment and feedback in surgical training and the development of expertise. Her current work is focused on the nature and impact of surgeon stress in the operating room.
Supervisor(s): Carol-anne Moulton. 


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Janice Mokanski is a PhD student in higher education in the department of Leadership, Higher & Adult Education at University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.  Prior to coming to the Wilson Centre, Janice completed her Masters at UT/OISE in Education Administration and has worked as an Educator Researcher in the public safety and hospital sectors.  Her doctoral research concentrates on the influence of sources of bias in forensic science and medicine, with an objective to understand how bias affects decision making in expert teams.
Supervisor(s): Maria Mylopoulos


Robert Paul is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation. With a background in financial management and politics, he is interested in the developing narrative of rising costs and declining revenue in health care. Drawing on social science theories, Robert’s research explores processes related to revenue generation and globalization and their impact on academic health science centres. Supervisor(s): Tina Martimianakis


J. Cristian Rangel is a medical sociologist whose research and teaching agenda are dedicated to studying the social determinants of health as material and symbolic structures. In specific terms, he studies the ways in which health-care priority-setting for marginalized populations depends on clinicians, patients and activists’ ability to produce people in need of care as morally-worthy subjects. Cristian's agenda finds expression through four current research areas: The Production of Proper Humanitarian Subjects in Global Health, patients engagement with new medical technologies through studying the digital life of HIV prevention biotechnologies, Health Professions Education as Capacity Building, and Critical Theories and Methods in Health Professions Education.  Supervisor(s): Cynthia Whitehead


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David Rojas is an engineer and currently a PhD candidate at the Institute of Medial Science, University of Toronto. He is also a fellow at the Wilson Centre under the supervision of Ryan Brydges. His research focuses on program evaluation, specifically on creating a framework to a conduct program evaluation with a holistic approach. Using his background knowledge in engineering David evaluates educational programs in health professions education beyond “do they work?”. His framework is meant to capture unintended/emergent processes and outcomes, as well as planned processes and outcomes, to better understand the real effect/impact of the programs under evaluation. David also has expertise working with online platforms as preparatory tools for simulation. He is an advocate for the use of new technology in education, specifically simulation, virtual reality and game-enhanced educational environments. Supervisor(s): Ryan Brydges


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Omar Selim is a first year Masters student in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, which he is pursuing under the auspices of the Surgeon Scientist and Clinician Investigator Programs.  He earned his MD degree from McMaster University in 2014 and began his post-graduate training in Vascular Surgery at the University of Toronto that same year. His research interests include novel uses of simulation and telesimulation in surgical curricula both in resource-rich and resource-poor settings. 
Supervisor(s): Ryan Brydges


Naomi Steenhof is a Masters student in the School of Health Professions Education at Maastricht University. She previously completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include exploring the role of basic sciences in pharmacy education and preparation for future learning. Supervisor(s): Nikki Woods and Maria Mylopoulos


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Raksha Sule is a PhD student at the Institute of Medical Science, supervised by Dr. Shiphra Ginsburg and Dr. Ivan Silver. She completed a MSc in Global Health from McMaster University, and a BMSc in Medical Science from Western University. Raksha is passionate about the intersection between global health equity, capacity building and medical education. Her PhD research explores how case-based learning can be used to develop professionalism amongst medical students in India and Canada. Raksha is also the Curriculum Developer at Global Mental Health Incubator for Disruptive Solutions at Western University, and sits on the Trainee Advisory Committee for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

Supervisor(s): Shiphra Ginsburg


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Evan Tannenbaum is a Masters student in Health Science Education at McMaster University. He previously obtained his MD from University of Toronto and is completing his residency in obstetrics and gynaecology. He is enrolled in the Clinician Investigator Program and his research interests include exploring the role that gender plays in the assessment of medical trainees.
Supervisor(s): Walter Tavares


Anastasia(Stasey)Tobin is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto and a Fellow at the Wilson Centre supervised by Dr. Vicki Leblanc. She received an honours BSc in clinical nutrition from the University of Western Ontario and a MHSc in public health nutrition from the University of Toronto. Drawing upon social theory and science and technology studies, Anastasia is exploring how children and their families engage with health care professionals to care for cystic fibrosis as they cycle through the clinic and home life. Anastasia’s graduate studies have been supported by: a 2015 University of Toronto Doctoral Completion Award, the 2012-14 Currie Fellow at the Wilson Centre, a CIHR Banting and Best Canada Graduate Scholarship and a CIHR Cross-STIHR Fellowship in Healthcare, Technology and Place at the University of Toronto.  Supervisor(s): Cynthia Whitehead


Rene Wong MSc obtained his MD degree at Dalhousie University, then completed internal medicine residency followed by a fellowship in Endocrinology. He has been on faculty as a Clinician-Educator at the University of Toronto, Department of Medicine since 2009. In 2014 he started a Masters degree through the Institute of Medical Science with the goal to use a Foucauldian approach to how clinical practice guidelines in diabetes impacts the roles and relationships between family physicians and diabetes specialists. He continues to be involved in the development and implementation of continuing professional development activities in diabetes. Supervisor(s): Cynthia Whitehead


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Stephanie Yang completed her MD degree at the University of Calgary, followed by internal medicine and rheumatology residency at the University of Toronto. She is currently practicing as a rheumatologist at St. Michael’s Hospital and pursuing a Master of Science in Health Science Education at McMaster University. Under the supervision of Nicole Woods and Ayelet Kuper, Stephanie’s current research focuses on the integration of clinical learning concepts and the intrinsic CanMEDS roles. She is also a part of the Department of Medicine’s Master Teacher Program and the Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Educator Training Program. 
Supervisor(s): Nicole Woods, Ayelet Kuper


Wendy Yen obtained her M.A. from the University of Toronto in 2005 in Measurement and Evaluation. She has been leading research studies and program evaluations for the past ten years in health and educational settings. She is currently a Research Associate at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and plays a key role in developing and evaluating assessment programs for physicians in practice. She is also the principle investigator leading a complex, multiyear initiative examining the performance of internationally trained medical graduates. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Adult Education and research interests include physician assessment, physician education, multi-source feedback, internationally trained medical graduates and program evaluation. Supervisor(s): Tina Martimianakis


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Alaa Youssef is a MSc student at the Institute of Medical Science and a Research Fellow at the Wilson Centre, University of Toronto. Previously, Alaa obtained a Spec. B.Sc. (Hons). Kinesiology & Health Sciences from York University.  Alaa’s research focuses on understanding complex patients’ needs to optimize care and provide a patient-centred care experience. Under the supervision of Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam and Dr. Maria Myolopoulos, her project aims to identify essential knowledge domains and skills to inform medical training.

Supervisor(s): Maria Myolopoulos, Sanjeev Sockalingam