Established in 1994, the Division of Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, supports the continuum of medical education, including Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Continuing Medical Education.

The Division undertakes and fosters research and development in medical education, with a particular emphasis in Communication Skills, Medical Humanities , Medical Informatics, Interprofessionalism and Critical Thinking.

The Division of Medical Education supports the Mission and Vision Statements of Dalhousie University's Faculty of Medicine.

Mission Statement

Serving the Maritimes, the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, develops highly competent, caring and socially responsible physicians and researchers through programs of the highest academic quality, within a diverse clinical and research-rich environment.

Vision Statement

The Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University contributes to the improved health of Maritime, national and international communities through our pursuit of new knowledge and its integration within academic and clinical settings.

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 will be given out in late April at the upcoming 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.


Fourth session is April 14, 2014 4:00-5:30 p.m.

15th Annual Symposium on Medical/Health Professions Education and Interprofessional Learning

Date:  Thursday, March 27, 2014


JUNE 11, 2014


Distributed via webinar. 


For more information, please visit the Symposium web page.


DME Welcomes Visiting Adjunct Faculty!


Dr. Senga Pemba (Director, Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health), a member of our DME adjunct faculty, will be visiting us from April 23-30, 2014.


Dr. Maree Tombs (Director, Indigenous Health, University of Queensland, Australia), a member of our DME adjunct faculty, will be visiting us from April 14 - May 30, 2014. 


Medical Education Rounds


Date: April 15, 2014 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (AST)


Speaker:  Dr. Brock Vair, Associate Professor and Director of Education, Department of Surgery, Dalhousie University


Topic: An Update on the Simulation Education Network Project


For more information, visit the webpage (Link above)


Our second Medical Education Rounds took place on February 12, 2014, and was a success.  Our thanks to our speaker Dr. Jalali and all who attended.


37th Annual Dr. Paul Cudmore Memorial Lecture and Workshop


Speaker:  Dr. Neel Shah
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Boston MA

Lecture:  Wednesday, May 7, 2014; 4:30-5:30pm


Workshop: Thursday, May 8, 2014; time to be determined.


More details to follow



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:

  • 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


Roxy Pelham:

  • 2013 Collaborator of the Year Award, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University


Diane Gorsky:

  • CAUBO Quality and Productivity Award (Atlantic Region), Canadian Association of Business Officers


Jean Gray:

  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal


Ronald Stewart:

  • 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


Karen Mann

  • 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

Dr. Frager awarded 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

"Rosemary Gill Award Winners Put Students First".

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.