I was fortunate to have outstanding and insightful mentors throughout my career and I believe this is a critical component of career development and maturation for any profession, especially in medicine. Education and mentorship have been my major career focus, for all types and levels of learners: medical students, residents, fellows, colleagues, program directors, and patients. When I began my role as the assistant dean in Postgraduate Medical Education, I added an additional career focus of program accreditation of medical education programs.
Hepatologist and medical educator Dr. Winnie Wong came to the University of Alberta as an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Fellow. She had previously completed her medical degree and residency in internal medicine in Winnipeg, and a clinical gastroenterology subspecialty residency at the University of Toronto. After joining the University of Alberta’s Division of Gastroenterology in 1998, she obtained an MSc (Epid) from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Wong was appointed professor of medicine in 2012.
Leadership and Collaborations:
Dr. Wong is a hepatologist whose teaching and administrative leadership has been recognized with several awards. These include the Medical Students Teaching Association Teaching Excellence Award, the Award of Excellence in Recognition for Program Director for Ten Years for GI Subspecialty Training Program, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Alberta Society of Gastroenterology Distinguished Educator Award and the University of Alberta Internal Medicine Residents Annual Osler Award.
In 2018, Dr. Wong became chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s (RCPSC) Area of Focused Competence Accreditation Committee after serving as a member of the Accreditation Committee for six years. She is also a surveyor for the Royal College nationally and internationally and was part of the RCPSC’s consultation visit to Peking University First Hospital in Beijing in 2012.
She co-created and is physician leader for gastroenterology for Alberta Health Services’ Viral Hepatitis Support Program and Assistant Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.
Former leadership roles of Dr. Wong’s include chair of the RCSPC’s Gastroenterology Specialty Committee and member of its Examination Board in Gastroenterology. She served as president of the Canadian Association of Study of Liver Disease (CASL) and of the Alberta Society of Gastroenterology. She chaired CASL’s Education Committee, the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology’s Gender Committee and the Steering Advisory Committee for Hepatitis C Care and Budget for Alberta Health and Wellness. She co-organized and co-chaired CASL’s 2002 Canadian Consensus Conference on the Management of Viral Hepatitis. Within the University of Alberta, Dr. Wong served as the program director of the GI Resident Training Program and director of the Department of Medicine’s faculty Mentorship Program.
Dr. Wong has taught, supervised and mentored undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education learners. She has given many presentations as an invited speaker at national and international conferences and at regional and provincial continuing medical education sessions.
Dr. Wong has collaborated on gastroenterology and hepatology clinical trials. She has published several scientific papers on liver disease as author or co-author in such publications as Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology, Liver International and American Journal Case Reports. She was a member of the Canadian Journal of Hepatology’s editorial board.