McMaster University

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About PERD

Mission Statement

The Program for Educational Research and Devleopment is a centre for research and scholarship in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Educational research and educational programs are mutually dependent and the quality of both rests upon careful consideration of the best available evidence. Health professions education should be informed by general priniciples of teaching, learning, and assessment. We are dedicated to the advancement of research and scholarship in health professions education, in this faculty, locally, nationally, and internationally.



  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Scholars

Dr. Jonathan Sherbino

Assistant Dean

sherbino@mcmaster.ca, x23114

Jonathan is the Assistant Dean for the Program for Educational Research and Development, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine. He is also the Chair of Emergency Medicine for the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, an emergency physician for St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and the trauma team leader for Hamilton Health Sciences. Jonathan co-edits 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 an editor for the Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training journal and is on the advisory board for the International Competency-based Medical Education Collaborators. His research interests include clinical reasoning, curriculum design and assessment.

Jonathan completed his medical training at the University of Ottawa, followed by residency in emergency medicine and MEd at the University of Toronto. He joined McMaster's academic hospital partners in 2006 and McMaster in 2007, and he was a clinician educator for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada from 2006 to 2015. More information about Jonathan can be found at www.jsherbino.com/.


Dr. Kelly Dore

Assistant Professor, Director - MSc Health Sciences Education

dore@mcmaster.ca, x22956

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Kelly is a Senior Scientist in the Program for Educational Research and Development, and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also holds an affiliated appointment with the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact and she is the Director of the Masters Science in Health Science Education Program. Her current interests include assessment/evaluation, measures of admission (including personal and professional characteristics), the process of transfer of accountability (clinical handover), and the psychological factors relevant to health professions education and clinical decision making.

Kelly completed her PhD in Health Research Methodology with a focus on Health Professions Education Research and Cognitive Psychology. She has held multiple grants from both the Medical Council of Canada and the National Board of Medical Examiners (Stemmler Grant).


Dr. Lawrence Grierson

Assistant Professor, Associate Director - MSc Health Sciences Education

griersle@mcmaster.ca, x22738

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Lawrence is a Senior Scientist in the Program for Educational Research and Development, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, and the McMaster Community and Rural Education Program (Mac-CARE). Lawrence is also the Associate Director of the Masters of Science in Health Science Education Program. Lawrence is especially interested in the feasibility of internet-mediated networked learning tools for clinical skills training as well as peer feedback, the way various forms of sensory information impact our control of precision movements and on the innovation and application of assistive technologies for both health professions skills educators and persons from special populations. His research has exciting application in a number of areas of health care education research.

Lawrence obtained his PhD in Kinesiology at McMaster University and worked as a post doctoral fellow with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Sick Kids Learning Institute, and Psychomotor Skills for Health Professions Education laboratory group that is/was housed at the University of Toronto’s Wilson Centre.


Dr. Sandra Monteiro

Assistant Professor

monteisd@mcmaster.ca, x22614

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Sandra is a Senior Scientist in the Program for Educational Research and Development, 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. Her primary program of research focuses on the mechanisms, processes, and systems issues that contribute to diagnostic errors. Additionally, she is interested in understanding how errors contribute to learning in medical residency.


Dr. Meredith Vanstone

Assistant Professor

meredith.vanstone@mcmaster.ca, x22113

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Meredith is a Senior Scientist in the Program for Educational Research and Development, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis. 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. 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, and has completed postdoctoral studies in Health Policy at McMaster University. She has provided social and ethics evidence and consulting to provincial, national, and international health policy decision-makers. More information about Meredith and her research can be found at www.meredithvanstone.com/.


Dr. Geoff Norman

Professor

norman@mcmaster.ca, x22119

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Geoff has been a Senior Scientist in Program for Educational Research and Development 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 MA 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.

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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.


Darci Hill, Administrative Assistant PERD / MSc Health Sciences Education

perd@mcmaster.ca, x23114

Darci supports the Senior Scientists, Director and Program coordinator in their responsibilities and activities related to PERD. 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.


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Tamara Caceres, Research Assistant

caceretl@mcmaster.ca, x26690

Tamara, working closely with Dr. Kelly Dore manages multiple research projects and experiments within the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Medicine and the Master's Health Science Program.


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Molly Pottruff, Research Assistant, IPPT Administrator

pottrumm@mcmaster.ca, x27241

Molly manages PERD's online testing applications and associated databases, the server and website. She also analyzes performance data for PERD's progress test partners.


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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.

Scholars are individuals with sustained interest and productivity in Health Professions Education (HPE) and HPE research. Scholars benefit from such services as consultations, academic support, presentation/paper consultation, data services, and survey services. Scholars are responsible for managing HPE research studies/programs; present at lab meetings/rounds; methodological support; local/national/international conference presentation and manuscript publication under the Program logo. Scholars are self-selected and must maintain continued, active membership. A current list of our Scholars can be found below:

Name Department
Khalid Azzam, MBBS DABIM FACP Department of Medicine
Judy Baird, MD MEd CCFP Undergraduate MD Program, Department of Family Medicine
Stephen Bates, MD MSc Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Keyna Bracken, MD CCFP Department of Family Medicine
Amie Cullmore, MD MSc FRCSC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Donna Fedorkow, MD Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Nancy Fowler, MD CCFP Department of Family Medicine
Azim Gangji, MD MSc Pharm FRCPC FACP Department of Medicine
Christina Grant, MD FRCP(C) Department of Pediatrics
Brian Klar, MD CCFP Department of Family Medicine
Valerie Mueller, MD Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Juan Munoz, MD CCFP Department of Family Medicine
Ameen Patel, MD FRCP(C) FAC Department of Medicine
Harold Reiter, MD MA FRCPC Department of Oncology
Inge Schabort, MD CCFP Department of Family Medicine
Alan Taniguichi, MD CCFP Department of Family Medicine
Allyn Walsh, MD CCFP Undergraduate MD Program, Department of Family Medicine
Parveen Wasi, MD FRCPC Department of Medicine
Anne Wong, MD FRCPC PhD Department of Anesthesia
Joyce Zazulak, MD CCFP Department of Family Medicine
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