John Cunnington


Associate Clinical Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine

McMaster University Medical Centre


Education and Professional Standing

John Cunnington was in the first class of the new McMaster Medical School, graduating in 1972. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, in internal medicine, in 1978. Presently he is an associate professor of medicine at McMaster University and deputy chief of medicine for Hamilton Health Sciences. His practice is in internal medicine and respirology.

Dr. Cunnington is the director of the Physician Review Program for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Previous appointments include chair of the evaluation committee for the McMaster MD Program. He is an associate editor of the American College of Physicians Journal Club.

Research Interests

Research interests have included assessment of performance in medical students, residents, and practicing physicians, and cognitive factors influencing clinical decision making

Selected Publications

  1. Cunnington JPW, Southgate L. Relicensure, recertification, and practice based assessment, in International Handbook of Research in Medical Education, Norman GR, van der Vleuten CPM, Newble DI, Eds. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishing, p. 883-912, 2002.
  2. Defensible assessment of competency of practicing physicians. Cunnington JPW, Hanna E, Turnbull J, Kaigas T, Norman GR. Academic Medicine 72, 9-12, 1997.
  3. The Effect of Presentation Order in Clinical Decision Making. Cunnington JPW, Turnbull J, Regehr G, Marriott G, Norman GR. Academic Medicine 72, 10 (suppl) S40-42, 1997.