Faculty Affairs

Faculty Development Committee

The FoMD Faculty Development Committee is pleased to assist our University of Alberta colleagues in the city, and around the province. We can provide training and information on a variety of topics, and/or link you with colleagues in these areas:

  • Competency Based Medical Education
  • Teaching and Assessment Skills
  • Graduate and Summer Student Supervision
  • Education Scholarship
  • Annual Report Online
  • Tenure and Promotion
  • Leadership skills

Committee Members

Dr. Mia Lang

Associate Dean, Faculty Development



Dr. Nahla Gomaa

Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Dr. Gomaa believes in innovation, scholarships, and student’s engagement as the way to cope with the ever-changing medical teaching domain, keep professional development, and progression of learners. She is a member of a number of National and International associations in Medial education and Teaching in Higher education.


Gisele Gaudet-Amigo

Curriculum Coordinator, School of Dentistry

Dr. Gaudet-Amigo is the curriculum coordinator in the School of Dentistry. She works to identify, inform and facilitate best practices in teaching and learning.

Dr. Neil Gibson

Clinical Professor, General Internal Medicine

Dr. Gibson is a General Internist actively involved in a clinical career in GIM and Critical Care. He completed all of his training at McMaster University and is therefore deficient in knowledge of Anatomy, but is aggressive about Evidence Based Medicine. His clinical practice is based at the Sturgeon Community Hospital.

Dr. Sujata Persad

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Dr Persad is an associate professor and researcher in the department of pediatrics and adjunct associate professor in the department of Oncology. Her research focusses on  understanding mechanism of cancer metastasis. She completed her PhD training at the University of Manitoba with post-doctoral fellowship at University of British Columbia and first Faculty position at McMaster University. Dr. Persad is also the program director for graduate Education in the Department of Pediatrics.  

Dr. Hanne Ostergaard

Professor of Immunology and Associate Dean Research, Graduate Programs

Dr. Ostergaard takes a special interest in effective graduate student training, mentoring and supervision by our faculty and professional and career development for our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows

Shirley Auvigne

Teaching and Learning Specialist, Postgraduate Medical Education

Dr. Auvigne takes interest in supporting program directors with educational activities for residents, professional development opportunities for Program Directors, and facilitating postgraduate medical education initiatives.

Dr. Nicola De Zanche

Associate Professor, Department of Oncology

Dr. De Zanche is a board-certified medical physicist with the Department of Medical Physics of the Cross Cancer Institute and an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology of the University of Alberta. His field of expertise is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods and instrumentation. His faculty development interests include graduate education and professionalism.

Dr. Sudha Koppula

Faculty Development Director, Department of Family Medicine, Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada



Dr. William Dafoe

Associate Chair, Deptartment of Medicine

Dr. Dafoe's initial interest in medical education came in his role as the medical representative from the U of Alberta for the establishment of a new medical school with the Aga Khan University of East Africa in Nairobi. He was also the Associate Dean of Continuous Professional Development, and then was seconded by the Department of Medicine as Interim Divisional Director of Dermatology.

Dr. Louanne Keenan

Director, Community Engaged Research/Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Dr. Keenan has expertise in qualitative research methods. Dr. Keenan is well-versed in both Photo Voice and Photo Elicitation as methods for working with communities to make changes in their health. Dr. Keenan's other interests include Inner City and Global Health.

Dr. Carol S. Hodgson

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Hodgson entered the field of medical education at the UCLA School of Medicine in 1992.  Her areas of expertise are in curriculum design, evaluation, medical education research, and faculty development. Dr. Hodgson's research focuses in the area of professionalism, cancer education, and care for people with disabilities. 

Dr. Shelley Ross, PhD

Associate Professor, Education Researcher, Director of the CBAS Program

Dr. Ross is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta, where she is a Medical Education researcher and the Education Strategic Planning Team Lead. She obtained her doctorate from the Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership Studies at the University of Victoria.