Endowed Academic Chairs
The Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chair
in Health Professions Education Research
Brian David Hodges MD PhD FRCPC
As holder of the Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chair in Health Professions Education Research, my goal is to see our field rise to take its place among the most important branches of healthcare research. Health professions education is a long and complex process that has enormous impact on patients, families, healthcare systems and societies. We must ask provocative questions about the nature of this education, to ensure we have diverse perspectives. As Chair, my priority is to engage with, and learn from, colleagues from cultures and contexts around the world, challenging current assumptions about the ways it is possible for health professionals to think, speak and be.
BMO Financial Group Chair
in Health Professions Research
at University Health Network
Cynthia Whitehead MD PhD
As holder of the BMO Financial Group Chair in Health Professions Research at University Health Network Chair my priority is to build capacity in health professions education research.An important aspect of this is to support the next generation of researchers, who come from diverse fields to become part of our community. We are enriched by engaging with graduate students and colleagues from different disciplinary perspectives, contexts and cultures. As Chair, my goal is to help expand the horizons and deepen understanding of our field. This will allow us collectively to explore complex issues in health professions education. By learning and working together, we will find creative ways to improve and enrich the education of future health care professionals.