Established in 1994, the Division of Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, supports the continuum of medical education. We also undertake and foster research and development in medical education.
Creating Quality Medical Education for the Best Patient Care
The Division of Medical Education is the home for medical education expertise and research. We:
- Are a specialized resource for clinician educators, faculty and learners interested in medical education and research
- Support the education continuum - undergraduate through postgraduate medical education and continuing professional development
- Provide leadership and expertise in our core programs: Communication Skills, Medical Humanities, Medical Informatics, Interprofessional Education, Critical Thinking and simulation-based training at our Learning Resource Centre
- Conduct medical education research applying evidence-based findings to advance teaching, assessment and program evaluation
- Collaborate to enhance the learning environment for physicians-in-training to enable the provision of quality patient care
Farewell to Dr. Gerri Frager
Join our celebration honouring Dr. Gerri Frageron her retirement as Director, Medical Humanities-HEALS program
June 24, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
Tupper Link, Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building
Please RSVP to AnaBela Sardinha
TJ Murray Visiting Scholar in the Humanities
Hold the date: Dr. Gary Block, Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto will be joing us for various activities from January 14 to 16, 2015.
Brief biography [PDF - 104 KB]
Fear Memorial Conference Upcoming
Hosted by the Department of Surgery and the Division of Medical Education
Dates: November 14-15, 2014
Topic: Simulation Education in the Maritimes
More information upcoming - the webpage will be updated soon.
Deadline date: October 17, 2014
On May 7 and 8, 2014, the Division welcomed Dr. Neel Shah as the guest speaker at the Annual Cudmore Memorial Lecture and Workshop. Both were well received and generated enthusiasm for value-added care initiatives within our medical school and community. Visit the website for additional details
2014 CAME Certificate of Merit Winners
We are pleased to announce this year's winners:
- Dr. Patty Livingston (Division of Anaesthesia)
- Dr. Wendy Stewart (Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick)
The certificates were given out in late April at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education in Ottawa.
Living Laboratory Progress Sessions: Building a Community of Medical Education Researchers
These monthly sessions are open to those who are interested in medical education research. To find out more (on the sessions and the Fund), please visit the Living Laboratory Research Fund webpage.
Upcoming session (including replacement sessions):
- Wednesday, June 25 4:00-5:30 p.m.
This took place on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Our third Medical Education Rounds took place on April 15, 2014. Our thanks to our speaker Dr. Vair and all who attended. Our next session will be in the Fall of 2014.
DME Hosts Visiting Scholar from Bali
Dr. Utami at work during her visit to the Division
Dr. Desak Utami (Dept. of Neurology, Medical Faculty of Udayana University/Sanglah General Hospital) spent the month of November learning about inter-professional education. During her visit, she met with many members of the IPE team, attended workshops, seminars and poster presentations. She has now returned to Bali and will use the knowledge gained to implement IPE there.
DME Bids Farewell to Roxy Pelham
Roxy with one of her gifts, guests and cake
On November 20, the Division and many other friends and family honoured Roxy Pelham with speeches and gifts at a farewell reception. Roxy has worked at Dalhousie for over 35 years; many of those years with the Division. She will be greatly missed.
Studying Dalhousie's distributed medical education program
Dr. Anna MacLeod is doing a three-year study of our Dalhousie distributed medical education program. This study on our use of technology to provide medical education is the first of its kind. Read more...
Farewell Reception for Bruce Holmes
Bruce Holmes receives a thank-you plaque from Dr. David Anderson, Department of Medicine, at his farewell reception on October 28, 2013
On October 28, the Division and the Faculty of Medicine aknowledge the long sevice of Bruce Holmes, Director of the Learning Resource Centre at a farewell reception. The many guests spoke of his time with the Faculty and wished him well in his new position with the Nova Scotia Regulated Health Professions Network.
Division of Medical Education Review
Dr. Joanna Bates, Director for Health Education Scholarship, University of British Columbia, recently completed a review of DME. During her visit in late October, she met with many people who provided her with information on the Division. We thank all those who assisted Dr. Bates in this review. We look forward to her report.
DME Research Retreat - July 18, 2013
This interactive half-day research retreat took place in Halifax. For more information, please see the DME Research Retreat webpage
Congratulations to Our Award-Winning Faculty and Staff
Various people in the Division have been recognized for their skills and achievements. Our best wishes to:
T.J. (Jock) Murray:
- Osler Lifetime Achievement Award
- Canadian Medical Hall of Frame 2014 inductee
- Kay Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
- Hononary Doctor of Fine Arts, Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design
- Honorary Doctor Of Laws, Dalhousie University
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
- 2013 Collaborator of the Year Award, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
- CAUBO Quality and Productivity Award (Atlantic Region), Canadian Association of Business Officers
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
- 2013 Award for Distinguished Service, Canadian Health Care Association
Gerri Frager (for more detail, see below):
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
- Rosemary Gill Award, Dalhousie University
- 2013 Duncan Graham Award, Royal College of Physicians and Surgerons of Canada
Dr. Anna MacLeod received DalVision award for "Development of a Digital OSCE Scoring System"
Dr. MacLeod and her colleagues are using their Academic Innovation funding to develop an innovative, digital approach to OSCE assessment (currently captured in a basic paper-scoring booklet).
To read more, please see "Supporting new approaches in teaching and learning..."
Medical Informatics Faculty Publish Book Chapters
Congratulations to Brett Taylor, Grace Paterson, Jacqueline MacDonald and Naomi Nonnekes Mensink for their book chapters in the forthcoming Research Perspectives on the Role of Informatics in Health Policy and Management (El Morr C, editor) coming out in early August 2013.
In it, Brett has authored Chapter 1: Decision-making and Decision Support in Acute Care; and Grace, Jackie and Naomi have co-authored Chapter 8: Research Perspectives on the Role of Informatics in Health Policy and Management.
Dr. Karen Mann receives the Duncan Graham Award from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
Our congratulations to Dr. Karen Mann on being awarded the Duncan Graham Award by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.
The College noted that "Dr. Mann is a truly global leader in the field of medical education. Throughout her career, she has taught, developed and implemented innovative and effective programs across Canada and internationally. An award-winning teacher and researcher, Dr. Mann is currently advancing medical education at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. and the University of Manchester in Manchester, U.K."
Dr. Gerri Frager receives the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal
Our congratulations to Dr. Gerri Frager on being awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her significant contribution and achievements in Palliative Care at the IWK. For more details on this, visit "Dr. Gerri Frager Take a Bow!".
Dr. Gerri Frager receives Rosemary Gill Award
Our congratulations to Dr. Gerri Frager for being one of those who "goes the extra mile" for students according to Dal's President Dr. Traves. For more details, visit
Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) Online Courses
Two new ESME Online Courses are being offered by AMEE for teachers and trainers engaged in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education in the healthcare professions. These offer a flexible, practical and engaging approach to personal development.
ESME Online: A 12 week overview of key principles and up-to-date approaches to curriculum planning, teaching and learning and assessment, led Professor Ronald Harden. Visit the AMEE-ESME Online Course website for more information.
ESME Leadership: This 8 week ESME Online Course organized by Stewart Mennin is designed to help participants to identify and strengthen their leadership skills, to understand the dynamics of change, to develop dynamic strategies for sustainability and to enhance negotiation skills. Visit AMEE-ESME Leadership Online course website for more information.