MD Program

MD Program Leadership


In addition to close to 1000 instructors who teach students in all four years of the undergraduate program, we have a team of Assistant Deans, Directors, Course Coordinators, and Thread Leads who have responsibility for making our program one of the best in the country.

The organizational chart demonstrates the relationships between people in the MD Program.


Dr. Tracey Hillier, Associate Dean, MD Program - Oversees all aspects of the MD program, including strategic planning, curriculum development, accreditation, collaboration with other team leaders within the MD program and across the faculty, as well as the day-to-day operations of the Undergraduate Medical Education office.


Assistant Deans

Dr. Sita Gourishankar, Assistant Dean, AdmissionsLeads all aspects of the admissions process, promotes diversity in the recruitment and admissions process, chairs the Admissions Committee, and ensures that all admissions policies and procedures are followed.


Dr Vijay Daniels, Assistant Dean, Assessment - Leads the assessment practices for the MD Program, chairs the Assessment Committee, and ensures that all policies and procedures related to assessment in the MD Program are followed.


Dr. Hollis Lai, Assistant Dean, Education Quality & Accreditation - Oversees the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s commitment to educational quality improvement, as well as the accreditation process for programs in the Faculty, with an emphasis on the MD program.


Dr Dan Livy, Assistant Dean, Program Evaluation - Leads the program evaluation practices for the MD Program, chairs the Program Evaluation Committee, and ensures all aspects of our program evaluation processes align with the policies, procedures and accreditation standards.

Dr. Tammy McNab, Assistant Dean, AcademicsProvides support for students experiencing academic difficulties and upholds the academic integrity of the program through chairing the academic standing committees (yrs 1 to 4) and managing student academic appeals.




Dr. Lana Bistritz and Dr. Anna Oswald, Co-Directors, Pre-Clerkship ProgramProvide leadership for and oversight of all of the systems-based pre-clerkship courses - collaborating with 10 course coordinators and hundreds of instructors to ensure the operation of the pre-clerkship curriculum. They also collaborate with the UME team to oversee the pre-clerkship absence policy.

Dr. Pamela Brett-MacLean, Director, Arts & Humanities in Health & MedicineIs responsible for the Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine program, which promotes the arts and humanities in all aspects of medicine. For more about the AHHM program, please see the story later in this newsletter.

Dr. Vijay Daniels, Director, Clinical Assessment & Physical Exam LeadOversees the first and second year physical examination course and is responsible for clinical assessment in the MD program through OSCEs and workplace based assessment.

Director, MMI - Leads the annual Question Creation Committee in developing questions for the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) part of the Admissions process and oversees the organization and implementation of the MMI weekend each year.

Dr. Karen Forbes, Interim Director, Clerkship Program - Provides leadership for and oversight of all of the clerkships - collaborating with more than 10 clerkship coordinators who are responsible for the third and fourth year undergraduate curriculum.

Dr. Helly Goez, Director, Physicianship & Longitudinal Themes - Oversees the four-year physicianship course and supports almost 25 thread leads who implement the physicianship curriculum.

Dr. Sita Gourishankar, Director, Academic Records & Remediation - Collaborates with the Assessment Committee, the course and clerkship directors and coordinators to support students in need of remediation for academic or professionalism reasons.

Director, Assessment & Evaluation - Oversees all aspects of assessment and evaluation for the MD program, including student assessments, course evaluations, and program evaluation, as well the systems that are in place to run these aspects of the program.

Vacant, Director, Electives - Oversees and approves all the electives for the four years of the MD program.

Dr. Tim Winton, Director, Discovery Learning - Supports the Discovery Learning (DL) components of the MD program curriculum by leading DL groups, recruiting and training DL facilitators and supporting staff and students in Discovery Learning as required.

In addition to this group, there is a large list of dedicated coordinators and thread leads who support instructors and students at the course and clerkship levels.



Clerkship (Years 1 and 2)

Pre-Clerkship Course

Course Coordinator

DMED 511: Foundations of Medicine & Dentistry

Dr. Tim Winton

DMED 513: Endocrine System

Dr. Elizabeth Rosolowsky

DMED 514: Cardiology, Pulmonary, & Renal

Cardiology: Dr. Brian Sonnenberg

Pulmonary: Dr. Ron Damant

Renal: Dr. Alan McMahon

INTD 410: Interprofessional Health Team Development

Dr. JoAnne Davies

DMED 521: Gastroenterology & Nutrition

Dr. Lana Bistritz

MED 522: Reproductive Medicine & Urology

Dr. Momoe Hyakutake              

MED 523: Musculoskeletal System

Dr. Jaime Yu & Dr. Matthew Menon

MED 529: Psychiatry

Dr. Ron Oswald

MED 524: Neurosciences & Organs of Special Senses

Dr. Jennifer McCombe

MED 525: Oncology

Dr. Andrew Scarfe


Dr. Dan Livy

Clerkship (Years 3 and 4)


Clerkship Coordinator

MED 543: Integrated Community Clerkship

Dr. Darren Nichols

MED 546: Medicine

Dr. Steven Caldwell

OBGY 546: Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Venu Jain

PAED 546: Pediatrics

Dr. Karen Forbes

PSYCI 546: Psychiatry

Dr. Alberto Choy

FMED 546: Family Medicine

Dr. Ann Lee (Urban)

Dr. David Moores (Rural)

SURG 546: General Surgery

Dr. Ken Stewart

MED 555: Geriatrics

Dr. Martin Moran

MED 556: Internal Medicine

Dr. Adrianna Lazarescu

MED 558: Emergency Medicine

Dr. Boyd Edgecumbe

SURG 556: Speciality Surgery

Dr. Peter Kwan

Physicianship (Years 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Physicianship Thread

Thread Lead

1st Year Coordinator

Dr. Sarah Burton MacLeod

2nd Year Coordinator

Dr. Helly Goez

3rd & 4th Year Coordinator

Dr. Helly Goez (interim)


Dr. Jackie Lee

Dr. Roshan Abraham


Dr. Jackie Lee

Physical Exam

Dr. Vijay Daniels

Integrated Cases (Year 1)

Dr. Sarah Burton MacLeod

Patient Immersion

Dr. Sarah Burton MacLeod

Dr. Pam Brett-MacLean

Physicianship Discussion Groups (PDG)

Dr. Sarah Burton MacLeod

Medical Humanities

Dr. Pam Brett-MacLean

Integrated Cases (Year 2)

Dr. Helly Goez

Cultural Competency/Safety & Health Equity

Dr. Helly Goez

Academic Service Learning

Dr. Helly Goez

Ethics & Law



Dr. Sita Gourishankar

Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM)

Dr. Sebastian Straube

Health Systems

Dr. David Moores

Patient Safety

Dr. Tamizan Kherani

Public Health


Student Physician Wellness

Dr. Cheryl Goldstein

Longitudinal Clinical Experiences in Family Medicine Thread (LCE)

Dr. David Pickle

Clinical Reasoning

Dr. Karen Forbes


Dr. Lisa Steblecki


Dr. Lana Bistritz

Indigenous Health Curriculum

Dr. Helly Goez

Jennifer Ward

Tibetha Kimble

Library Resource Support

Maria Tan

To everyone involved in the MD program, from Assistant Deans, Directors, and Coordinators to Thread Leads, Course Instructors and Preceptors, thank you! Our program wouldn’t run without the many people who are devote so much time and energy and enthusiasm in making the MD program one of the best in the country!