Faculty Members

Dr. Shirley Schipper

Vice Dean, Education
Office of Education

About Me

Dr. Shirley Schipper graduated from medical school and completed the Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Alberta. She is an Associate Professor with the Department of Family Medicine. Shirley's clinical practice is based at the Grey Nuns Family Medicine Academic Teaching Clinic, where she was also medical and academic director for 15 years. She was the Director of Postgraduate Medical Education from 2008-2012.

Currently, Dr. Schipper is the Vice Dean, Education for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. Nationally, Dr. Schipper is the Secretary Treasurer and Board Director of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). She has worked with both the CFPC and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada on topics of education, assessment, certification and accreditation. She was an Accreditation Survey Chair and a member of the Residency Accreditation committee for the CFPC.

Dr. Schipper’s areas of interest and expertise include national and international curriculum and program development, competency-based education and assessment, teaching and learning strategies and faculty coaching.


Dr. Schipper has presented locally and internationally on a variety of topics and regularly teaches around faculty development, teaching and learning and on topics in medical education. Her most comment presentation topics include:

Teaching tips for preceptors.
SNAPPS and other teaching tips for ambulatory teaching.
Competency based assessment.
Mindfulness in medical education.
Practice quality improvement and the clinical audit.
Multilevel learners in medical practice.
Critical thinking in clinical medicine: what, why and how.



National and International curriculum and program development
Competency based education and assessment
Teaching and learning strategies
Faculty coaching
International medical graduate education and performance
Accreditation of Postgraduate programs
Critical thinking