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About MERIT

MERIT's Vision

The McMaster Education Research, Innovation and Theory (MERIT) program has served the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University for more than 45 years. We collaborate with faculty to engage in high-impact, high-value education scholarship. Formerly know as the Program for Research and Development (PERD) we have 6 scientists and several research support staff. Our vision is to grow a community of scientists and clinicians to advance health professions education through research and applied science.



  • Scientists
  • Scholars
  • Members
  • Staff

Dr. Jonathan Sherbino

Assistant Dean

sherbino@mcmaster.ca, x23114

Jonathan is the Assistant Dean, Education Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine. He is the Chair of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada Emergency Medicine Specialty Committee. Jonathan practices as an emergency physician, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and trauma team leader, Hamilton Health Sciences.

Jonathan completed his medical training at the University of Ottawa, followed by residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Toronto. He completed graduate training in education (MEd) and a fellowship in medical education, also at the University of Toronto. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators (United Kingdom)

Jonathan co-edited the CanMEDS 2015 Framework, co-chairs the International Conference on Residency Education, edits the International Clinician Educator blog, and co-hosts the Key Literature in Medical Education (KeyLIME) podcast among other projects. He is the co-chair of the Royal College Clinician Educator AFC. Jonathan’s research interests include clinical reasoning.

For a listing of Jonathan's publications see google scholar and PubMed. More information about Jonathan can be found at www.jsherbino.com and on twitter @sherbino.


Dr. Kelly Dore

Associate Professor, Director - MSc Health Sciences Education

dore@mcmaster.ca

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Kelly is the Inaugural Director of the Masters Science in Health Science Education program at McMaster University. She is a MERIT Scientist and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Post Graduate Medical Education Program. Kelly is affiliated with numerous professional organizations. She is a Canadian Representative at International Network for Researchers in Selection in Healthcare (INReSH), as well as an Executive Member of the Early Career Medical Education (ECME) group. Kelly holds an affiliated appointment with the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University. She is Chair in Faculty Health Sciences for the Geoffrey Norman Day in Education Research, co-chairs Post Graduate Medical Education Residency Medical Education Award, and sits on the Selection Committee for the Faculty of Health Sciences Innovation Grant.

Kelly completed her PhD in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University, under the supervision of Drs. Geoff Norman and Kevin Eva, with a focus on Health Professions Education Research and Cognitive Psychology.

 

Kelly’s current research interests include assessment/evaluation, measures of selection (including personal and professional/ non-academic characteristics) at the undergraduate and postgraduate education level. Additionally, she is interested in the process of transfer of accountability (clinical handover) and the cognitive psychological factors relevant to health professions education. She has held multiple grants from both the Medical Council of Canada and the National Board of Medical Examiners (Stemmler Grant). She has received the Department of Medicine Internal Career Award for Quality in Patient Safety and was the recipient of the Canadian Association of Medical Education Award of Merit.

 

For a listing of Kelly's publications see google scholar and PubMed. More information can be found at www.kellydorephd.com or follow her on twitter @kellyldore.


Dr. Lawrence Grierson

Associate Professor, Associate Director - MSc Health Sciences Education

lgriersle@mcmaster.ca, x22738

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Lawrence is a MERIT Scientist, the Michael G. DeGroote Undergraduate Medicine Program, and the McMaster Community and Rural Education Program (Mac-CARE). Lawrence is also an Associate Professor with the department of Family Medicine, the Associate Director of the Masters of Science in Health Science Education Program, a member of the CFPC Section of Researchers, and a member of the CFCP's Program Evaluation Advisory Group.

Lawrence obtained his PhD in Kinesiology at McMaster University before completing concurrent postdoctoral fellowships with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Sick Kids Learning Institute, Lawrence S. Bloomberg School of Nursing, and The Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science at the University of Toronto.

Lawrence is especially interested in the way sensory-perceptual information processing impacts the control and learning of precision manual movements, and he applies this perspective in studies concerned with understanding the features of effective clinical skills training, the objective assessment of technical skills, and the feasibility of internet-mediated networked learning tools for clinical skills training.

For a listing of Lawrence's publications see google scholar and PubMed. More information about Lawrence can be found at www.lawrencegrierson.com/.


Dr. Sandra Monteiro

Assistant Professor

monteisd@mcmaster.ca, x22614

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Sandra is a MERIT Scientist, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, and she has Associate status with the Departments of Anesthesiology and Radiology. Sandra is also the Assistant Director of Research at the Centre for Simulation Based Learning at McMaster and the Director of Research and Analysis at Touchstone Institute in Toronto. She teaches measurement and the cognition of learning in the Masters of Science in Health Science Education Program and the Health Research Methodology Program.

Sandra completed her PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University.

 

Sandra’s primary research program focuses on the cognitive processes that contribute to overall learning, expertise and errors in judgment and clinical reasoning. She is currently working on a project to establish a benchmark of visual diagnostic performance. The project is funded by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and uses an experimental paradigm to categorize residents and faculty according to skill level at detecting abnormal and normal images.

 

For a listing of Sandra's publications see google scholar and PubMed.


Dr. Meredith Vanstone

Assistant Professor

meredith.vanstone@mcmaster.ca, x22113

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Meredith is MERIT Scientist, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis. She teaches qualitative research methods and social theory for the Masters of Science in Health Science Education and Health Policy PhD programs.

Meredith has a PhD in Health Professional Education from Western University (2012), and has completed postdoctoral studies in Health Policy at McMaster University (2013).

 

Meredith is an interdisciplinary researcher who uses qualitative approaches to examine social and ethical issues related to health professional practice, education and health policy. Her research in the area of health professional education uses a policy lens to explore the social complexity of practice. Meredith has provided social and ethics evidence and consulting to provincial, national, and international health policy decision-makers.

 

For a listing of Meredith's publications see google scholar and PubMed. Meredith's personal academic website can be found at www.meredithvanstone.com/ and she is on twitter @MGVanstone.


Dr. Geoff Norman

Professor

norman@mcmaster.ca, x22119

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Geoff has been a MERIT Scientist since 1971. His primary faculty appointment is in Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, and he also has an associate membership in Psychology, Neurosciences. and Behaviour. His long-standing interest is in cognitive psychology, particularly as it applies to clinical reasoning, learning, and decision-making. Allied to this is a recent interest in the role of technical simulation in learning. He has particular expertise in statistics and measurement, and has authored several popular books in this area, with David Streiner. He has taught these subjects for years at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Geoff has a PhD in Nuclear Physics from McMaster, in 1971, which was followed sometime later by a M.A. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University. He has won numerous awards, including the Medical Council of Canada Outstanding Achievement Award, the Hubbard Award of the National Board of Medical Examiners, US, and the Karolinska Prize. He received an honorary degree from Erasmus University, Rotterdam in 2010. He has held a Canada Research Chair since 2001.

For a listing of Geoff's publications see google scholar and PubMed.


To learn more about what it means to be a MERIT Scholar, please visit our membership page.

To learn more about what it means to be a MERIT Member, please visit our membership page.

Anita Riddell, Program Coordinator

riddella@mcmaster.ca, x22859

Anita is responsible for managing the administrative components of the program including financial, human and resource management. She also manages the Education component of MacFacts, the Faculty of Health Sciences CV management system.


Darci Hill, Administrative Assistant MERIT / MSc Health Sciences Education

perd@mcmaster.ca, x23114

Darci supports the Senior Scientists, Director and Program coordinator in their responsibilities and activities related to MERIT. She is also the graduate administrative assistant for the MSc Health Sciences Education program.

 


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Betty Howey, Research Assistant

howeyb@mcmaster.ca

Betty specializes in computer programming using LiveCode software, and survey development and management using LimeSurvey software.


Tamara Caceres, Research Assistant

caceretl@mcmaster.ca, x26690

Tamara works for the Masters of Health Science Education to facilitate online learning through the Avenue to Learn management. Tamara is also involved in planning both the MSc Health Science Education Residency week and Geoff Norman Day in Education research.


Dana Russell, Research Assistant

russed4@mcmaster.ca, x21653

Dana engages in research in areas in trainee selection, professionalism, and transfer of accountability (handover) with Dr. Kelly Dore. Dana also supports the Masters of Science in Health Science Education in departments of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Post Graduate Medical Education Office.


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Mary Lou Schmuck, Research Assistant

schmuck@mcmaster.ca, x22732

Mary Lou collaborates with students (both undergraduate and graduate) and faculty to define and implement their statistical research methodology and analysis.

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