MD Program

Associate Dean's Message

Dr. Richard Fedorak, dean, and Dr. Fraser Brenneis, vice-dean, education, are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tracey Hillier as the associate dean for the MD program. Following a careful search and recommendation process, Dr. Hillier starts July 1, 2015. She assumes the role following the completion of the one-year term as the interim associate dean, MD program, by Dr. Peggy Sagle.

Dr. Hillier, BSc (Honours) Nursing, MD, MSc, CCFP, RCPSC, is a radiologist in the Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging. Her clinical practice focuses on emergency trauma radiology and breast radiology, and more recently health professions education, where her current research and administrative focus lies. Dr. Hillier completed her MD (1997) with family medicine training (1999) at McMaster University, flight surgeon training (2001) with the Department of National Defence (DND), followed by training in radiology and diagnostic imaging at the University of Alberta (2009), and then fellowship in emergency trauma radiology at the University of British Columbia (2011). She completed a fellowship in medical education in radiology from the University of Alberta (2009) and is completing a master’s in Education from the University of Alberta. Dr. Hillier currently practices at the Misericordia Hospital.

Dr. Hillier joined the Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging as a clinical lecturer in 2009, became assistant professor (special continuing) in 2012, and assistant professor in 2014. She assumes her new role having been the associate dean curriculum in the MD program since 2012. As the associate dean, curriculum, Dr. Hillier was instrumental in the highly successful 2014 MD program accreditation. Her leadership efforts, with others, included the adoption of the CanMEDS roles as the objectives for the MD program, the introduction of the new data management/learning management system-MedSIS, implementing central management and oversight of the MD curriculum, and significant faculty and student engagement in the curriculum.

We would like to thank Dr. Sagle for her substantive contributions to the MD program during this period of transition. Dr. Sagle embarks on a well-deserved administrative leave where she plans to pursue further training in medical education at University College London.

Please join us in warmly welcoming Dr. Hillier to her new role and offering a sincere thank you to Dr. Sagle.

Richard N. Fedorak, MD, FRCPC, FRCP (London), FRSC
Dean, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
University of Alberta

Fraser Brenneis, MD, CCFP
Vice-dean, education, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
University of Alberta