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CPD Educators — Region 1

Steve Simpson, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Steve Simpson completed a PhD in Biochemistry in Cardiff in Wales, before undertaking post-doctoral studies in physiology at the University of Manitoba and working in the biotechnology industry in Virginia.

In 1986, he moved permanently to Canada to study medicine at the University of Calgary. He graduated in 1989 before completing a year of Internal Medicine at University of Calgary. In 1990, he began his residency training in psychiatry and completed his fellowship in the summer of 1994. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Oncology at the University of Calgary.

Steve has clinical appointments in the division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at the Calgary Health Region, the Department of Psychosocial Oncology at Calgary’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre and at the Patient and Family Counseling service at the Fraser Valley Cancer Centre in Surrey, BC. He also works part-time at the Breast Cancer Supportive Care Foundation clinic in Calgary.

His research interests are in psycho-oncology and he is currently working on a project looking at the effects of antidepressants on fatigue in cancer patients.

As an educator he directs the CPD programs for the Department of Psychiatry and runs an online journal club for psychiatrists primarily in western Canada. He is also the past chair of the Council of Psychiatric Continuing Educators.

Rod McFadyen, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Rod McFadyen received his MD degree from the University of Manitoba in 1978. He has practiced Emergency Medicine in Victoria, BC at the Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospitals since 1989 and has most recently been focusing on care of the elderly. He is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

In addition to teaching at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels of UBC’s Island Medical Program and residency programs, Rod is Medical Director of Continuing Professional Development at the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

Over the past decade he has also been working as a Transport Advisor for the BC Ambulance Service, The Canadian Forces and The Canadian Coast Guard. His areas of interest include practice assessment, leadership development for physicians and the role of physician CPD in patient safety and quality improvement activities.

CPD Educators - Region 2

Eric Sigurdson, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Eric Sigurdson completed his fellowship in Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba where he is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Continuing Education in Psychiatry. His clinical work is in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Child and Adolescent Mental Health. He is an elected Councillor of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.

Eric first practiced as a CCFP family physician in Dauphin, Manitoba where he was active in community life including serving as president of the youth soccer league and as the lead developer of a multi-disciplinary child abuse and neglect team. In 2014, he received the Ian Logan Memorial Award for leadership in the prevention of child abuse.

In recent years, his continuing education includes a Master of Science in Community Medicine at the University of Manitoba, clinical-based research on child mental health topics and a major project on risk factors in child maltreatment.

Shahid Ahmed, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Shahid Ahmed is a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Adjunct professor of Oncology at the University of Saskatchewan and has worked as medical oncologist at the Saskatoon Cancer Center since 2003. He received his medical degree from Dow University of Health Sciences in Pakistan and completed his postgraduate training at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York State.

Shahid’s areas of interest include gastrointestinal cancer, breast cancer and health service research, with a special focus in medical education. From 2007-13, he was the director of resident education in the division of medical oncology at the University of Saskatchewan and played an active role in supporting education at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He has also worked in collaboration with the Continuing Professional Learning program at the University of Saskatchewan to facilitate cancer education among primary care physicians.

In addition to patient care and education, Shahid has been actively involved in clinical research and has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored several book chapters and presented his work at scientific meetings around the world. He has also currently an active member of Drug Advisory Committee of Saskatchewan.

CPD Educators - Region 3

Suzan Schneeweiss, MD, MEd, FRCPC

Dr. Suzan Schneeweiss is an Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto (UofT) and Director of Education for the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. Suzan is a graduate of UofT’s Faculty of Medicine and completed her paediatric residency training and a clinical fellowship in neonatology at the Hospital for Sick Children. She holds a Masters of Education degree from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at UofT, specializing in health professional education.

Suzan is currently the Academic Director for Continuing Professional Development in the Faculty of Medicine at UofT and has been working with the Royal College as a Regional Continuing Professional Development Educator since 2010. In this role, she is helping to enhance Fellows’ understanding of changes to the maintenance of certification program and support life-long learning.

Amer Burhan, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Amer Burhan is a geriatric and neuropsychiatrist practicing in London, Ontario and an Associate Professor and Chair of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University (UWO). He completed his medical training at Baghdad University’s College of Medicine in 1993 where he earned his MBCHB degree (MD equivalent). After moving to Canada, Amer got involved in basic neuroscience research at the Montreal Neurological Institute and McGill University and was awarded the Timmins-Costello fellowship award in basic neuroscience research.

Amer completed his post-graduate training in psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry before transferring to UWO’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry to complete advanced training in geriatric and neuropsychiatry. He received his Royal College Fellowship in general psychiatry in 2003, Geriatric Psychiatry sub-specialty in 2013 and obtained certification in Neuropsychiatry/behavioral Neurology from the United Council for Neurological Subspecialties in the United States in 2007. In 2015, Amer obtained his Master of Science. in Community Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Vinita Bindlish, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Vinita Bindlish graduated from medical school at McMaster University in 1995. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery from the University of Toronto in June 2000 and began practicing in Kitchener-Waterloo in 2001.

Vinita completed a Masters in Business Administration at Wilfred Laurier University in 2012 and a Masters in Health Law from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2014. She spends her spare time raising her two sons with her husband, who is also a surgeon.

Craig Campbell, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Craig Campbell is the Director of Continuing Professional Development in the Royal College’s Office of Specialty Education. He is also a specialist in Internal Medicine and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Craig leads the national Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program, serves as Registrar for the Royal College and has oversight for the ePortfolio development project within the Competence by Design strategic initiative, the Affirmation of Continuing Competence for Physicians in Practice project, the International Academy of CPD Accreditation, and promoting scholarship and research in continuing professional development (CPD).

Craig’s research and development interests focus on the role of ePortfolios in supporting lifelong learning, developing and implementing tools and strategies to promote ‘informed’ self-assessment and workplace based assessments of competence and performance of individuals, groups or health care teams.

Ranjit Baboolal, MD, MRCP, FRCPC

Dr. Ranjit Baboolal is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto and Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He is currently on staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

He graduated from Ireland’s Royal College of Surgeons in 1980 and completed MRCP (UK) in 1987 before moving to Canada. In 1990, he subsequently completed his residency in Pediatrics and a Fellowship in Neonatology at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children. Ranjit also completed his Masters in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at Northwestern University in Chicago in 2012 and a Diploma in Medical Education from the University of Dundee in 2015.

CPD Educators - Region 4

Frédéric Bernier MD, MHA, FRCPC

Dr. Frédéric Bernier is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the Endocrinology and Metabolism Residency Program at the Université de Sherbrooke. He received his Medical degree from the Université de Sherbrooke and completed his residency training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke. He has also completed a Master in Health Administration at the University of British Columbia, a Certificate in Adult and Continuous Education at the University of Victoria, as well as the CLIME Program of Leadership in Medical Education from the Canadian Association of Medical Education.

Frédéric presently practices general endocrinology at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS) with a special interest in pituitary diseases and diabetes. In 2012, he was awarded the Award of Excellence from the CHUS board of administration – Category New Generation.

At a provincial and national level, Frédéric is a member of the Continuous Professional Development Committee of the Association des Médecins Endocrinologues du Québec (the Québec Endocrinologists Association) and is a member of the Dissemination and Implementation Committee of the 2013 Guidelines of the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Sam Daniel, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Sam Daniel is a Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatric Surgery and Associate Chair of Pediatric Surgery at McGill University. He is a clinician-scientist who established the McGill Auditory Sciences Laboratory, a world-class facility that develops models to further the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. He also runs a tertiary care clinical practice in pediatric Otolaryngology at the Montreal Children's Hospital, where he also heads the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery division.

Sam has been an educator for the Royal College since the inception of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program and is the CPD Director of the Federation of Medical Specialists of Quebec. He also serves on the CPD committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

He has received multiple awards including the 2013 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Continuing Professional Development Innovation Award, Canada's top 40 under 40, Honour Awards from the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and The American Academy of Otolaryngology, and he was also inducted into the Triological Society. He is the recipient of The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation's Medical Award of Excellence, which is awarded to a physician whose exceptional patient care, superior knowledge, valued teaching abilities and generous accessibility to the Hospital Community are an inspiration to others.

CPD Educators — Region 5

Ford Bursey, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Ford Bursey was Assistant Dean for Professional Development in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University in St. John’s from 2004 until 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Medical Science and received his MD from Memorial University. Following completion of his basic medical training, he completed two years of postgraduate training in gastroenterology at the University of Ottawa before returning to Memorial in 1988.

Ford is currently a staff physician in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Eastern Health in St. John's. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and serves as the Governor for the Atlantic Provinces for ACP.

In addition to serving two terms on the Education Committee of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, Ford is a former Chair of the Education Committee for the Medical Advisory Committee of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada. He has also served as President of the Medical Staff Association of the St. John's Health Care Corporation, President of the Atlantic Association of Gastroenterology, Program Director of the training program in Internal Medicine at Memorial and has participated in Accreditation Survey teams for both the Royal College and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.

Laurette Geldenhuys, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Laurette Geldenhuys is an Anatomical Pathologist and Division Head and Service Chief of Anatomical Pathology at Halifax’s Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre. She was trained in South Africa, receiving a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at University of the Witwatersrand and also has Master degrees in Anatomical Pathology and Medical Education. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Pathology at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine.

Laurette is Chair of the CPD Accreditation Sub-committee of the Canadian Association of Pathologists and is the Royal College CPD Educator for Nova Scotia.

Jo-Ann Talbot, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Jo-Ann Talbot is an emergency medicine specialist who works at the Saint John Regional Hospital Emergency Department. She teaches the evidence-based medicine course for the Dalhousie University emergency medicine residency program and has taught at the New York Academy of Medicine. She has also taught other courses including the Teaching Evidence Assimilation for Collaborative Health Care (TEACH), the McMaster Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Course, and the Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM) course. Her scholarly interests include medical education, knowledge translation and quality improvement.

As a faculty member in the Dalhousie University Emergency Department, Jo-Ann teaches all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate medical learners as well as continuing medical education for practicing physicians.

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