Centre Researchers

Wilson Centre Researchers have specified research responsibilities in conjunction with important educational, administrative or clinical responsibilities. Their primary research appointment is within the Wilson Centre. They may serve as principal investigators or co-investigators in programs of research that advance knowledge relevant to health professions education. Centre Researchers are expected to play an important role in advancing the academic mission of the Wilson Centre through mutually beneficial research collaborations with Scientists. They are expected to assume appropriate administrative responsibilities related to the functioning of the Wilson Centre, to participate in monthly research rounds and participate in the Wilson Centre fellows’ seminars. Appointments to the Centre Researcher category will be made on the basis of sustained participation in research relevant to health professions education, as well as sustained collaborations with other Wilson Centre members. Joanne Goldman is the Assistant Director of Researchers.

Tulin Cil MD MEd FRCSC
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery

Dr. Cil graduated from the University of Western Ontario (UWO)’s medical school in 2000 and received her general surgery training at the University of Toronto (U of T) and UWO between 2000 and 2005. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2005. After completing her general surgery training, she undertook research studies as a graduate student in medical education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (at U of T) and received a master’s degree in education in 2008. She also completed a clinical fellowship in breast surgical oncology at U of T during this period. Dr. Cil began her general surgery staff appointment at Women’s College Hospital and the University Health Network in 2008.

Her education research activity focus in the areas of surgical skills development, the use of social media in surgical education and gender issues in surgery. As the site lead for post-graduate surgical education at Women's College Hospital, she continues to develop the competency based objectives for an ambulatory care rotation in general surgery.

Clare Hutchinson MD MHPE
Lecturer, Department of Paediatrics

As the physician lead for the longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) at North York General Hospital, Dr. Hutchinson has had the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues across her organization in the development and implementation of this exciting program. The values of patient-centered care and advocacy are reported to be enduring in LIC graduates, and with the support of the Wilson Centre, she is involved in several scholarly projects seeking to understand this phenomenon. These projects include a study of the concepts of professional identity formation through relationship-building as reported by the LIC students, their preceptors and their patients. The next steps will include taking the lessons learned from the LIC program and bringing them to the entire clerkship cohort as part of clerkship renewal.

Arno K. Kumagai MD
Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine
F.M. Hill Chair in Humanism Education, Women’s College Hospital

Dr. Kumagai is a full professor at the University of Toronto and Vice-Chair, Education, in the Department of Medicine. He also holds the F.M. Hill Chair in Humanism Education from Women’s College Hospital and the University of Toronto. Dr. Kumagai received his BA in comparative literature from U.C. Berkeley and his MD from UCLA School of Medicine.He completed a residency in internal medicine and an endocrine fellowship and postdoc at UCLA. Dr. Kumagai came to the University of Toronto from the University of Michigan Medical School where he was on faculty since 1996. An endocrinologist with expertise in the intensive management of type 1 diabetes mellitus, Dr. Kumagai is an internationally recognized educational scholar. After a career in bench research, Dr. Kumagai remarkably shifted his research interests from looking into the molecular mechanisms of diabetic complications to medical education.

Dr. Kumagai’s excellence in integration of humanism in medical education is internationally recognized. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the AAMC/Pfizer Award for Humanism in Medical Education, the Leonard Towe Award for Humanism in Medicine, the Kaiser Permanente Award for Teaching Excellence, and the University of Michigan’s Provost Innovative Teaching Prize and the University of Michigan’s Distinguished Leaders in Diversity Award.

Marcus Law MD MBA MEd CCFP FCFP
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Director, Foundations, MD Program, University of Toronto
Director, Medical Education, Michael Garron Hospital | Toronto East Health Network

Dr. Law is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is the Director of Foundations at the University of Toronto MD program where he obtained his MD degree, and the Director of Medical Education at Michael Garron Hospital where he works as a family physician.

He completed an MBA at the W.P. Carey School of Business, and a Master of Education at the University of Toronto. He is a graduate of the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Leading Innovation in Healthcare Education, and the Rotman School of Management Advanced Health Leadership Program.

His academic work and research program focus on the translation of our understanding of the development of expertise by medical students into effective educational design, and the implementation of theory informed large-scale curricular redevelopment in medical schools.

Umberin Najeeb MD FCPS(Pak) FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Co-Director Master Teacher Program
Faculty Lead IMG/IFT Mentorship Program
Department of Medicine , University of Toronto
Staff Internist, Division of General Internal Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Najeeb, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, wants to understand the experiences of International Medical Graduate (IMG) physicians in Canada. An IMG physician herself, Najeeb has been conducting education research to enhance our understanding around challenges and issues surrounding IMG education and training. She is also involved in curricular design and implementing strategies to provide greater support. She has shared her work at national and international conferences like the Canadian Conference of Medical Education and the International Conference on Residency Education, as well as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Najeeb spoke to U of T Medicine about her research and how she’s applying the lessons learned.

Robert Paul, BScH MBA PhD
Adjunct Lecturer, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation

Dr. Robert Paul studies the ideological construction underpinning leadership in academic medicine as it relates to funding mechanisms and practices – its history, its present and its effects. To do this work, Robert draws upon Michel Foucault’s concepts of Critical Discourse Analysis and spatiality to explore the management of academic medical institutions and how academic medicine functions in society. His areas of research include philanthropy, commerciality, globalization and institutional identity formation in academic medicine. He has also done extensive consulting on a variety of issues for academic organizations throughout the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN).

Dominique Piquette MD MSc MEd PhD FRCP(C)
Staff Physician, Department of Critical Care Medicine,
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Assistant Professor, Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine
University of Toronto

Dr. Piquette completed her medical training in internal medicine and critical care at the University of Montreal in 2005. She undertook an additional clinical critical care fellowship at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, followed by a research fellowship at The Wilson Centre and a Master in Education at the Ontario Institute of Sciences in Education (University of Toronto). She joined the Department of Critical Care Medicine of Sunnybrook as an intensivist in July 2007. In July 2014, she completed a PhD in medical education at the University of Toronto. Her PhD thesis addressed the multifaceted relationships between clinical supervision and learning in acute care environments. Dr. Piquette's current research interests are primarily focused on better understanding how physicians learn in acute care contexts at the postgraduate and post-certification levels in a competency-based medical education model. In order to achieve this goal, she uses a range of research methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative approaches, and conducts research both in real and simulated clinical environments. Dr. Piquette is also actively engaged in critical care curriculum development and evaluation, as well as in teaching at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and post-certification levels.

Lisa Richardson MD MA FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

In 2016, Dr. Richardson joined the Wilson Centre as a Centre Researcher and was the inaugural recipient of the Wilson Centre Investigator Award in Indigenous Medical Education at University Health Network. Her academic interest lies in the integration of postcolonial, indigenous and feminist perspectives into medical education. She is the Faculty Co-lead in Indigenous Medical Education for the University of Toronto's MD Program. She was a 2014-2016 AMS Phoenix Fellow for her work related to the creation and integration of cultural safety teaching into the medical school curriculum. She continues to be an active member of the Indigenous Physicians’ Association of Canada and a member of the planning committee for the annual Indigenous Health Conference. She is also a member of the University of Toronto’s TRC Steering Committee whose role is to advise the University about how to implement the Calls to Action from Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Lynfa Stroud MD Med FRCPC
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Dr. Stroud completed medical school (2000) and postgraduate training in Internal Medicine (2004) at the University of Toronto. She subsequently received her MEd from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto) in 2007. In 2009 she joined the Division of General Internal Medicine at Sunnybrook HSC as a clinician educator; where after 3 years as site director for medicine clerkship, she assumed the role of postgraduate site director for internal medicine in July 2013. At the Department of Medicine she is the Director of the Core Internal Medicine OSCE, taken annually by approximately 200 residents, and of the PGY1 Entry Assessment Exam. Dr. Stroud’s education scholarship focuses on postgraduate assessment. Through her innovations in directing the Internal Medicine OSCE she has effectively developed a working educational lab that has facilitated research in her area of interest, the feedback process and inherent biases within this. She is also interested in the impact of the clinical environment on assessment of resident performance and in the perceptions of providers and recipients of multi-source feedback. Her work has been supported by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada and the Medical Council of Canada. In 2018, Dr. Stroud won the UofT Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Medical Education - Development and Innovation. This award recognizes outstanding contributions of faculty members in program development, administration and innovation in postgraduate medical education.

Sanjeev Sockalingam MD MHPE FRCPC
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Vice President, Education at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and became the Vice President, Education at CAMH in July 2018. He completed his medical school at the University of Manitoba and his psychiatry residency at the University of Toronto. He is currently the co-lead for the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Ontario Mental Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental and Health and the University of Toronto, which is a provincial hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing network model building mental health and addiction capacity in rural Ontario. He is the Director of Curriculum Renewal for the Medical Psychiatry Alliance, systems and education initiative building capacity in integrated physical and mental health care.

Dr. Sockalingam has >125 peer-reviewed publications and is a lead investigator on several peer-reviewed clinical and medical education grants. His clinical research interests are focused on C-L Psychiatry, specifically obesity and mental health. His education research is focused on training for managing complexity, 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 including the 2018 Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (ACLP) Alan Stoudemire Award for Innovation and Excellence in C-L Psychiatry Education and the Association of Chairs of Psychiatry of Canada Award for Excellence in Education.

Glendon Tait MD MSc FRCP FCPA
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Student Assessment, MD Program,
Universitiy of Toronto

Dr. Glendon Tait is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is Director of Student Assessment in the MD Program where he has led the implementation of programmatic assessment as part of the program’s new Foundations curriculum, now being extended to competency based clerkship education. Clinically, Dr. Tait practices consultation-liaison psychiatry with Sinai Health System.

Dr. Tait completed a B.A. (Hons) from the University of New Brunswick, an M.Sc. from the University of Alberta, and M.D. from the University of Calgary. He subsequently completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto and a Fellowship in Health Professions Education Research at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Tait’s current academic foci are in two main areas: programmatic assessment as an approach for assessing and guiding learning of medical students, including the roles of policy, technology, coaching, and holistic academic decision making; and understanding patient, team, and health system complexity using qualitative and complex adaptive system lenses.

Having served in several national leadership capacities, he is currently the President of the Canadian Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.