Teaching for Transformation

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Adrienne Zarem - roundtable

Adrienne Zarem is an embedded Patient Partner with Healthcare Excellence Canada, and a passionate advocate for patient engagement and partnership in healthcare improvement. After her youngest daughter was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, Adrienne embarked on a journey to partner with local and national organizations to help drive patient-centered safe and high-quality healthcare through effective and meaningful patient and family engagement. She is a past co-chair of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital's Family Advisory Committee, a graduate and instructor of Canada's first Family as Faculty program, a Parent Advisor and Hub Team member of ECHO Autism Ontario, and one of Canada's first Patient Surveyors with Accreditation Canada.

Aman Sium - roundtable 

Director, Client and Family Integrated Care, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Co-Chair, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Task Force, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Aman Sium is Director of Client and Family Integrated Care at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and also inaugural co-chair of the hospital's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) task force. Aman and his team partner with the hospital's community of children, youth and families to co-design meaningful programs and services, research and policy, and direct care experiences. He holds an interest and expertise in the intersections of client and family-centered care, health equity, and human-centered design. Aman is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. 

Ami Goulden - NEW talk

Doctoral candidate, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of TorontoIncoming Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, Memorial University

Ami Goulden is a doctoral candidate at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and incoming Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, Memorial University. Her research interests include reproductive justice among disabled young people, young parenting within the child welfare system, and accessible social work education. Ami is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral fellow and previous recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and Royal Bank of Canada Graduate Fellowship in Applied Social Work Research. She embraces critical qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches in her research agenda and published works.

Ami has been practicing social work for over ten years in various settings including inpatient and ambulatory pediatric and adult healthcare environments and child welfare services. Her most recent experience includes working in multidisciplinary healthcare clinics serving clients with chronic health conditions and their families during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Amy Shawanda - workshop

Amy Shawanda is an Odawa kwe is from Wikwemikong Unceded territory. Amy obtained her Ph.D. at Trent University. Her doctoral work was on Anishinaabe motherhood identifying the challenges, tensions, and strengths of incorporating traditional teachings and pedagogies. Amy's master's research examined the smudging policies in northeastern Ontario hospitals.

Her research interests primarily lie with strengthening Anishinaabe thinking, being, doing, knowing, and living. She has diverse and multidisciplinary interests in Indigenous issues that include language, pedagogies, anti-colonial work, research methods and methodologies, Dream Knowledges, storytelling, and Indigenous Health.

Arno Kumagai - roundtable moderator

Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine
F.M. Hill Chair in Humanism Education, Women's College Hospital

Arno Kumagai received his B.A. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley and his M.D. from UCLA School of Medicine. He completed postgraduate training and postdoctoral research fellowships at UCLA and in Tokyo, Japan. Arno was on faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School from 1996 to 2016 and joined the University of Toronto's Department of Medicine as Vice Chair for Education in April 2016. Arno is also on staff at Women's College Hospital, where he has a clinical practice focused on working with individuals with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Arno is internationally recognized in medical education and has published and lectured extensively on the use of narratives in medical education, medical humanities, transformative learning, dialogical teaching, and teaching for equity and social justice. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards in teaching, humanism, educational innovation, and diversity. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Academic Medicine.

Beck McNeil - abstract committee member & short talks moderator

Beck previously worked at St. Mike's in both Leadership & Organizational Development and the Education Portfolio, with a focus in education and advocacy on topics of inclusion, collaborative leadership, and interprofessional collaboration for staff, students and patients. As a trans man, he gender transitioned professionally while in the Education portfolio, finding both personal support and also very interesting critical lenses on how discourses of "disadvantage", power, equity, and allyship can play out in the health care system and health professions education. Since he left Unity Health, he served as Director of Organizational Development at The 519 Church Street Community (2SLGBTQ+) Centre, and as the lead for the City of Toronto's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) learning program for staff. He has planned and led several educational events for Faculty Development Day and CFD programming, and graduated from the 2016-18 ESP cohort. He has a passion for engaging people in discussions of systemic injustice, and is dedicated to working towards impactful learning at all levels that invites people to see the structures that marginalize people and a to find and authentic path towards confronting those structures discomfort.

Betty Onyura - keynote

Drawing on an academic background in organizational psychology, Betty Onyura began her career helping organizations evaluate the effects of innovative programs. In the course of her practice, she was intrigued by the disconnect between the perpetual mandate for evaluation and the lack of scrutiny about whether or how program evaluation was an effective mechanism for change or for institutions' self-regulation. Consequently, Betty's program of research is focused on studying program evaluation as a social and scientific enterprise. Her SSHRC-funded lab centralizes questions about integrity and social accountability in how program evaluation is practiced and utilized. This includes collaborative research on practical and ethical tensions in evaluation practice, the evaluation of harmful innovation effects, and on evaluation for long-term sustainability. Notably, Betty is passionate about developing conceptual frameworks and methodological tools that can be applied to enrich the quality of evaluation and bring vitality, equity, and sustainability to innovations. Presently, she is the Associate Director of Evaluation and Knowledge Mobilization at the Centre for Faculty Development, Unity Health Toronto. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and is also a cross-appointed scientist at the Wilson Centre. Notably, Betty serves the Evaluation community via her role as a Director on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Evaluation Society's Ontario Chapter.  

Clara Ho - roundtable

Manager, Client and Family-Centered Care and Partnerships, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Clara is the Manager of Client and Family-Centered Care and Partnerships at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, leading their award-winning Family Leadership Program and Canada's first virtual paediatric alumni network. Previously, Clara spearheaded the Patient and Family-Centred Care strategy, education, and advisory council at North York General Hospital. She is a health care leader and educator who is passionate about meaningful client and family engagement, building inclusive partnership programs, and advancing health equity.

Clara is a Registered Social Worker and a lecturer at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, where she teaches about human services management and leadership.

Elizabeth (Eli) Cadavid - roundtable

Navigating, Negotiating, and Narrating: Re-Envisioning Patient-Centered Chronic Illness Care

Eli Cadavid is the Education Coordinator, Communications & Community at the Centre for Interprofessional Education. Eli manages various projects related to the development and delivery of the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Curriculum at the University of Toronto. Eli also manages the Centre's communication processes, including engagement of our interprofessional Community of Practice, Membership Program, and Patient/Client/Family program and initiatives. Eli Co-Chairs the IPE Patient Partner Advisory Committee which works with the Centre to enhance and foster patient/client/family partnerships and leadership.

Eli is passionate about the work and partnerships that have been fostered with patient/client/family partners who collaborate with and advise faculty/programs to develop, plan, implement, assess, and evaluate the IPE curriculum. These partnerships are essential to our work as it meaningfully includes and foregrounds the needs and priorities for patient/client/family-partnered care. Eli is an enthusiastic, self-motivated, and goal-oriented individual with an interest and expertise in creating meaningful intersections, engagement, and partnership with patients/clients/families.

Farah Friesen - technical co-lead

Farah Friesen, MI, joined the Centre for IPE in a Research & Strategy Associate role beginning September 13, 2021, on the heels of a whirlwind (pandemic-focused) year as the Coordinator, Office of the CEO, Women's College Hospital and a prior 6.5-year tenure at the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD). At the CFD, Farah played a number of pivotal roles including as a knowledge broker, research coordinator, and program coordinator. Trained as a librarian (Master of Information), Farah has a passion for facilitating collaboration and informed decision-making through access to information and knowledge mobilization.

Farah's main research interest is in critically examining traditional academic performance indicators, encouraging alternative perspectives on metrics, and working towards a broader (re)definition of research and educational impact. Farah will extend these efforts into supporting the Centre for IPE's research and scholarship agenda.
In her spare time, Farah enjoys working out, thinking about mind-body dualism, following philosophy and psychology debates on free will/determinism, and attempting to watch all the movies from Roger Ebert's Great Movies List (there are close to 500 films and so far she has watched about 300 of them).

Gregory Collins - technical co-lead

Gregory Collins holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from York University and previously worked at Unity Health Toronto (St. Mikes), where he was a Trauma Education Coordinator. Currently, he is an Education Coordinator at the Centre for Interprofessional Education (CIPE) and The Institute for Education Research (TIER). He assists with IPE Curriculum at the University of Toronto, including tasks such as managing the IPE curriculum calendar, addressing student inquiries, supporting practice IPE electives, overseeing the attendance database and communicating information back to faculty, and overall support in the development and delivery of educational IPE opportunities.
His interests include biking around the city, listening to a variety of podcasts, reading nonfiction, and testing out new recipes. 

Janet Rodriguez (she/her)

Disability Justice advocate, Health Mentor for Inter Professional Education (CIPE)

Janet is a cis gender racialized immigrant woman living with visible and invisible disabilities. She is a Lived Experience Expert Advisor in the St Michael's Hospital AFHT Social Determinants of Health committee. She is a trainer and educator for accessibility and anti-ableism, and advocates for Disability justice and inclusion in health care as a member of various Patient Partner Councils (Unity Health Toronto and OHT - Toronto Region). Janet is a co-organizer of the annual Toronto Disability Pride March since 2011 and is part of the Ethno Racialized People with Disabilities Coalition Ontario (ERDCO) and the Disability GTA Coalition

Javeed Sukhera - keynote

Chair of Psychiatry, Institute of Living (IOL)
Chief of Psychiatry at Hartford Hospital (Hartford Healthcare Behavioral Health Network)

Dr Javeed Sukhera is the Chair of Psychiatry at the Institute of Living (IOL), and Chief of Psychiatry at Hartford Hospital under the Hartford Healthcare Behavioral Health Network. He has published highly impactful empirical and theoretical work on how health professions educators can grapple with implicit bias in their teaching, toward transforming practices and systems for a more just world. A thought leader, educator, physician, and researcher with extensive experience across several sectors, at TforT Javeed will share experiences and science that offer the health professions educators a hopeful way forward, to do less harm and enable more justice.

Jeffrey Kiyoshk Ross - abstract committee member & short talks moderator

Jeffrey Kiyoshk Ross is of the marten clan, and a registered member of Walpole Island Unceded First Nation. He is an Ontario Certified Teacher with over 20 years of communications, journalism, and marketing experience working with First Nation communities and organizations in Ontario. He has been fortunate to teach in Pikangikum, Pickle Lake, and Thunder Bay, and develops and delivers curriculum that is informed by Canada's First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples' diverse histories and cultures. He is also an Indigenous consultant who has taught at the Art Gallery of Ontario facilitating discussion on the TRC and Anishnaabek knowledge, and works with organizations to help them inform their hiring practices, help improve Indigenous community involvement, and facilitate cultural competencies. He has a long history of Indigenous program development, intentional community building, and evaluation of learners (both young people and adults). 

Julia Gray - workshop

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Health Humanities Program Liaison, University of Toronto

Professor Julia Gray is a cultural and performance studies scholar, a critical social scientist, and a playwright and theatre director; she is the playwright/director of several research-informed theatre projects. She completed a PhD in Education at OISE and her scholarship focuses on disability, aging, arts and social justice. She has published and presented across disciplines, including rehabilitation sciences, nursing, public health, education, gerontology as well as in the arts and humanities such as applied literature, and theatre and performance studies. At TforT, Professor Gray will lead a workshop that helps health professions educators understand the transformative potential of the arts and humanities.

Keith Adamson - NEW talk

Keith Adamson joined the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work as an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in August 2017. He holds more than 20 years of progressive senior management experience in clinical, management and professional practice leadership roles, as well as expertise in Clinical Governance at Mackenzie Health , Women's College Hospital, St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto, and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. His management roles have expanded from providing a professional practice lens for the Social Work profession to being responsible for the professional practice of other health disciplines, as well. Dr. Adamson pursues research that seeks to explore innovative pedagogical approaches to interprofessional education and practice, research that explores new roles for social work within a changing healthcare system, as well as research that explores how compassionate care and empathy can be enhanced in social work education through collaboration with service users, clients and their families. 

Lindsay Baker - workshop & TforT program lead

Associate Director, Curriculum Integration and Partnerships, Centre for Faculty Development
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Lindsay is Associate Director, Curriculum Integration and Partnership at the Centre for Faculty Development. She has over a decade of experience in health professions education research in the context of faculty development. Lindsay brings this researcher-practitioner lens to her role as program director (Stepping Stones, Best Practices in Education Rounds, Online Supplements for Education) and program developer (Summer Education Institute) and plays an integral role bridging education and research across all of CFD's programs.

Through her work at CFD, Lindsay has established a reputation as an innovative qualitative methodologist and an award-winning educator. Her research uses constructivist and critical approaches to examine the boundaries and relations between disciplines, professions, and knowledge communities. Lindsay also integrates constructivist, transformative, and critical pedagogical approaches to education in her faculty development practice.

Megan Boler - keynote

Megan Boler is Full Professor at the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto and earned her Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her books include Affective Politics of Digital Media: Propaganda By Other Means (eds. Boler and Davis, London: Routledge forthcoming October 2020); Feeling Power: Emotions and Education (Routledge 1999); Democratic Dialogue in Education (Peter Lang 2004); Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times (MIT Press 2008); and DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media (eds. Ratto and Boler, MIT Press 2014). Funded by Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council for the last 15 years, her current three-year SSHRC-funded includes a mixed-methods study of how emotions surrounding political polarization, racism, and the January 6 Capitol Riots are expressed in social media. She is also completing research for the Canada Heritage of media literacy in the contexts of disinformation and fake news. She is regularly invited to provide talks and keynotes internationally on emotions and education, digital media and democracy. She teaches graduate courses in diversity, cultural studies, media and communications, critical theory and feminist theory. Her work on pedagogy of discomfort has been taken up around the world as a theoretical approach for equity and justice work, and integrated into educational practices in diverse classrooms in countries including South Africa, Australia, Israel and Palestine, and across the UK.

OmiSoore H. Dryden - NEW talk

James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
Associate Professor, Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
Co-Lead, The Black Health Education Collaborative

Dr. OmiSoore H. Dryden, a Black queer femme and senior scholar, is the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Faculty of Medicine, and the co-lead of the new national organization - The Black Health Education Collaborative. Dr. Dryden engages in interdisciplinary scholarship and research that focuses on Black LGBTQI communities, blood donation systems in Canada, anti-Black racism in health care, medical education, and Black health curricular content development. Dryden is a content expert and Associate Scientist with the Maritime Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) SUPPORT Unit (MSSU). In that capacity, she provides guidance on Canadian Black Health metrics needed to inform the development of health policies and improve the health care system, this specifically focuses on survey data and demographic information, determinants of trust, sexual health and qualitative data collection and analysis. OmiSoore has published in peer-reviewed journals and book collections and has an edited collection (with Dr. Suzanne Lenon): Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging (UBC Press, 2015); and the co-authored Commentary (with Dr. Onye Nnorom), Time to Dismantle Systemic anti-Black Racism in Medicine in Canada" (2021) in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Dr. Dryden is a member of the Black Feminist Health Science Studies International Collective (https://blackfeministhealth.com/), a board member of the Health Association of African Canadians (https://haac.ca/); and the past co-president of the Black Canadian Studies Association (2019-2021, https://www.blackcanadianstudiesassociation.ca/).

Onye Nnorom - NEW talk

Associate Program Director, Public Health & Preventative Medicine Residency Program, University of Toronto
Black Health Theme Lead, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Onye Nnorom is a Family Doctor and a Public Health & Preventive Medicine specialist. She is the Associate Program Director of the Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto, and is the Black Health Theme Lead for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. As the Black Health Theme Lead, she is tasked with developing educational content for teaching medical students about Black Canadian health, and inequities due to systemic racism. She is also a clinical consultant for the Nicotine Dependence Clinic at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

She is the President of the Black Physicians' Association of Ontario. From 2013-2018, she was also the chronic disease prevention lead at TAIBU Community Health Centre, where she led a number of successful cancer screening initiatives. Most recently she has taken the role as the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, within the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. And she is the host of a podcast called Race, Health and Happiness where she interviews successful Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color, providing wisdom on how to stay well in a "racialized world".

Sarah Wright - Abstract Chair & short talks moderator

Scientist, The Wilson Centre and Michael Garron Hospital
Assistant Professor, Dept of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Sarah Wright's research program explores the (un)intended consequences of educational action that occurs in the intersections between assessment theory and practice. Her work is inspired and informed by a decade of experience as a psychometrician at Newcastle University Medical School (UK). This practical experience has given her insight into how assessment frameworks can limit or support educational goals such as fostering compassionate practitioners or striving for social change. For example, she has combined psychometric and critical approaches to investigate the ways in which admissions policies often work to favour culturally and socially privileged medical students, thereby limiting attempts to improve student diversity. Through improved understanding of how emerging education goals transpire within existing education structures, her research seeks to improve education practice. 

Shanon Phelan - NEW talk

Associate Professor, School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University

Dr. Shanon Phelan is an Associate Professor at the School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University. Informed by critical disability theories and participatory methods, she engages in research to (re)imagine inclusion in ways that subvert normative assumptions, are founded in belonging, and centre the voices of children, young people, and families who experience disability. (Re)imagining is a recurring theme in her teaching philosophy. Shanon draws upon the critical social sciences and humanities, arts-based approaches to education, critical reflection, and reflexivity to re-imagine rehabilitation in health professional education and research.

Stella Ng - workshop & TforT program lead

Director & Scientist, Centre for Interprofessional Education
Program Lead, Teaching for Transformation and Best Practice in Education Rounds Centre for Interprofessional Education
Associate Professor, Dept. of Speech-Language Pathology and the Institute for Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, and Wilson Centre Scientist, UofT

Stella is passionate about the transformative potential of health professions education, particularly critical pedagogies to enhance the collaborative, compassionate, and ethical aspects of health care practice. This passion was sparked by challenges experienced as a pediatric audiologist in the public-school system, which motivated her to study how people respond to value-conflicted, uncertain zones of interprofessional and collaborative practice. Her tri-council-, ministry-, and foundation-funded research thus explores theories of reflective practice and optimizes educational approaches that foster critical reflection, which she mobilizes into her education and leadership work.

Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh - NEW talk

Executive Director, Black Health Education Collaborative (BHEC), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Clinical Public Health Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh is the Executive Director of the Black Health Education Collaborative (BHEC) and an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Public Health Division at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is a catalytic leader who mobilizes knowledge and activates networks to advance policy and practice on social and economic issues that impact health and wellbeing. She spent a decade with the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, where she provided leadership to public health practice on health equity, the social determinants of health including racism, in partnership with institutions across Canada.

She has served in an advisory capacity for working groups and committees led by numerous national health organizations including the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Institutes for Health Information and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Sume provides strategic consultations to organizations as principal of Another World Lab. She holds a Master of Health Sciences in Health Promotion and Global Health from the University of Toronto. Hailing from Cameroon, she is grateful to live, work and play in Turtle Island and is committed to working towards decolonial futures.

Sylvia Langois - roundtable

Sylvia Langlois is the Associate Director Curriculum and Faculty Relations for the Centre for Interprofessional Education and an Associate Professor in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She has a longstanding passion for advancing partnerships between faculty and with those with lived experience in the education of health profession students. 

Victoria Boyd - NEW talk

Research Fellow, Wilson Centre
PhD student, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Victoria Boyd is a PhD Candidate in the Health Professions Education Research (HPER) concentration at IHPME, University of Toronto and Fellow at the Wilson Centre, UHN. Victoria aims to advance our understanding of dialogic approaches to education in the health professions. Dialogue may represent a possible antidote to the division of our times. Victoria's doctoral research has demonstrated the powerful impacts of dialogic teaching and learning on students' ability to practice in critically reflective ways. She also has many complex and nuanced questions for the field of HPE as it continues to grow in relation to a complex and changing society.

Yasser Ismail - Keynote

Yasser is a Credentialed Evaluator (C.E.) whose work spans the continuum of evaluation, evaluation-driven policy and program design and evaluation-driven learning and development. Currently completing his Doctor of Education (EdD) at the University of Western Ontario, focusing on the use of transformative evaluation approaches for building health professional capacity for critically-reflexive, structurally competent clinical engagement. In his role as the inaugural Manager of Program Evaluation & Knowledge Translation at Casey House, Yasser is particularly passionate about moving paradigmatic and theoretical concerns from both the evaluation and educational leadership fields into practice at the point-of-care.

Teaching for Transformation (TforT) OS is a suite of offerings including online education supplements, annual conference, and custom consultations. TforT is brought to you in partnership by the Centre for Faculty Development and the Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare & Education, extra-departmental units of the University of Toronto, hosted at Unity Health Toronto and University Health Network, respectively.

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