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 Assessment Director for the Department and works to improve the competency based assessment of learners. She is also the interim Undergrad director for the Department of Family Medicine. At the National level, she is a member of the group of Chairs for Accreditation and a member of the Accreditation committee, and is a Director of the Board for the College of Family Physicians of Canada.


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.

Accreditation of postgraduate family medicine programs.



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