Current Position: Associate Dean and Division Director, Community Engagement. This portfolio includes responsibilities for Global, Indigenous, inner city, rural & regional health and community engaged research.
Associate Professor, Family Medicine, in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta.
Previous Academic Positions: Associate Dean, Rural & Regional Health, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta; Associate Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Degrees received are: Honours BA in political science (Carleton University), MD and residency in Family Medicine (University of Calgary) and a Masters in Clinical Sciences in Family Medicine (Western University).
Clinical Practice: Comprehensive rural family physician until recruited to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in 2003 as the first Associate Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs. Currently doing locums for comprehensive rural family physicians.
Educational Initiatives: Longitudinal integrated clerkship (Rural Integrated Community Clerkship) initiated in 2007; Preclinical Networked Medical Education Initiative (delivery of a 2nd year preclinical course in rural/regional communities) initiated in 2010; Aboriginal Health rotation implemented in 2015.
Professional Activities: Membership in the College of Family Physicians of Canada Working Group that developed the new national Family Medicine residency curriculum; membership in the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Future of Medical Education in Canada – Postgraduate Steering Committee; Co-Chair of FMEC-PG Working Group on Learning and Working Environment; Chair of the AFMC Distributed Medical Education Group; member of planning group for the Consortium of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships; Past President, Society of Rural Physicians of Canada; Past President, Alberta College of Family Physicians.
Research Interests: rural medical education, professional identity formation, rural health care delivery, interprofessional education and social accountability.