CPD Awards, Publications and Grants

CPD Awards Celebrating Excellence in CPD: 2016-2017 Continuing Professional Development Award Recipients

Photos by Gustavo Toledo

CPD offers up to eight awards per year to celebrate excellence in continuing education. This past year, seven awards were given to leaders in education in our community for their outstanding work, as follows:

Colin Woolf Excellence in Course Coordination Award

Photo of Dr. Cindy Grief and Ms. Lisa Sokoloff with Dr Suzan Schneeweiss

Dr. Cindy Grief and Ms. Lisa Sokoloff have developed and implemented programs in geriatric mental health that reach many continuing education learners across the country through teleconferencing. Their use of needs assessment and incorporating feedback from participants has been used to ensure their content and programs are relevant. They have capitalized on technology to maximize delivery of their programs. Teaching methods include independent on-line learning and teleconference-based demonstrations and instruction and live interaction during sessions. Feedback from participants has shown positive practice change from knowledge gained. From inception to demonstrated outcomes Dr. Grief and Ms. Sokoloff have shown excellence in course coordination.

Colin Woolf Excellence in Teaching Award

Photo of Dr. Jonathan Pirie with Dr Suzan Schneeweiss

Dr. Jonathan Pirie, a pediatric emergency medicine physician, has demonstrated excellence in all aspects of teaching over many years. While teaching all levels of medical learners and other health professionals, he is recognized here for his consistent, outstanding teaching at the CME level. He is an innovator of CME program development for ER medicine, has assisted in course directing of National pediatric CME events and has had leadership roles in ER Fellowship and the Simulation program at Sick Kids Learning Institute. In addition to these administrative roles in teaching, his CME teaching is highly regarded for his ability to combine content mastery with highly effective teaching style leading to repeatedly high teaching evaluations.

Colin Woolf for Long Term Commitment to Continuing Education

Photo of Drs. Kieng Tan and Lisa Di Prospero with Dr Suzan Schneeweiss

Drs. Kieng Tan and Lisa Di Prospero, radiation therapists and both Assistant Professors in the Department of Radiation Oncology, have both contributed to CPD substantially individually over the years holding many CPD positions and receiving recognition for their work. In addition to their individual accomplishments, they have come together to develop and deliver a yearly Radiation Therapy Conference that has international reach. Described by their nominee as “pioneers”, they have not only initiated but sustained over the years the enthusiasm, commitment and excellence meant to be celebrated by this award.

Ivan Silver Innovation Award

Dr. Walid Farhat is a pediatric urologist recognized for developing and ongoing involvement in the Pediatric Urology Laproscopy course which has run for 10 years. This unique course has demonstrated innovation in a CME-accredited course in multiple ways. The course format includes didactic sessions, panel discussions but also hands on lab-training in procedures with direct preceptorship for each skill station. Furthermore, the content is innovative in its approach to include skills currently in use in pediatric urology and skills such as robotics in surgery which is recognized as the future of pediatric urology.

Dave Davis Research Award

Photo of Drs. Sanjeev Sockalingam and David Wiljer with Dr Suzan Schneeweiss

Drs. Sanjeev Sockalingam and David Wiljer are this year’s recipients of the Dave Davis Research award in continuing professional development. Their research has explored factors that exist in residents that influence the lifelong learning practices which is inextricably linked with CPD in the practicing physician. They have examined the development of lifelong learning skills in relation to psychiatry residents’ motivation to learn. This research has led to peer-reviewed publication.

Interprofessional Healthcare Team Continuing Education Award

Photo of Dr. Judith Peranson with Dr Suzan Schneeweiss

Dr. Judith Peranson and her multidisciplinary team at St. Michael’s Department of Family and Community Medicine (Ed Ang, Gilda Barillas, Yee-Ling Chang, Jacqueline Chen, Melinda Glassford, Charlie Guiang, Curtis Handford, Deborah Kopansky-Giles, Bruce Kwok, Laurie Malone, Brenda McDowell, James Owen, Morgan Slater, Karen Weyman, Viola Antao, Sole Fernandez, Abbas Ghavam-Rassoul, Tara Munro, and Barbara Stubbs) used a new site opening as an opportunity to formalize inter-professional learning. It was recognized that all health care professionals needed to learn teaching skills for trainees and a program was developed to teach these health care professionals together. This exceptionally well-developed program demonstrated and exemplified at all levels -planning, development, teaching, and participation, the fundamentals of inter-professional education.

Fear Fellowship

Photo of Dr. Karen Devon, Dr. Andrea Waddell and Dr. Suzan Schneeweiss

This year’s Fear Fellowship, which provides funds to further CPD-related endeavours, will be granted to two co-winners:
Dr. Karen Devon has been a pioneer in formalizing ethics training for surgical trainees and practicing surgeons. Her innovations include development of Surgical Ethics M & M rounds, which is now a foundation at University of Toronto in the Department of Surgery. She has developed a plan to extend this program and she will use her Fear Fellowship to extend this work nationally.

Dr. Andrea Waddell, a psychiatrist with significant credentials and experience in Quality Improvement, will use this opportunity to develop formal skills in fostering quality improvement in healthcare among her peers and colleagues. Dr. Waddell recognizes the importance of developing QI skills in all physicians and will formally train as a coach in QI development which will have impact in her own department and more broadly in the Faculty of Medicine.

CPD Related Grants & Publications

Department of Anesthesia
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Department of Medical Imaging
Department of Lab Medicine and Pathobiology
Department of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department of Ophthalmology
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Department of Otolaryngology
Department of Paediatrics
Department of Physical Therapy
Department of Radiation Oncology
Department of Speech-Language Pathology

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Department of Anesthesia

CPD Research and Development Grant 2017

Investigators: Prof. P. Slinger, Dept. Anesthesia; Prof. David Wiljer – Executive Director of Education, Technology and Innovation, University Health Network; Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation; Dr. Alexandra Rotstein – PGY3 Resident, Department of Anesthesia; Dr. Meredith Giulani, Radiation Medicine; Tina Papadakos, Cancer Education UHN; Janet Papadakos, Cancer Education UHN

Research Project: Anesthesia Minute Multiple Choice Questions (AnMinMCQs): To develop and study an interactive continuing professional education program involving weekly multiple choice questions targeted at practicing physicians. Feedback will be provided to participants on question content and performance compared to a peer group. This will involve the development of a web and mobile-based question platform. A needs assessment will be conducted to refine the platform, followed by a one-year pilot study to further refine the project and evaluate its impact. The study will recruit faculty members of the University of Toronto Department of Anesthesia, residents and fellows, and physicians at affiliated community hospitals.

Department of Family and Community Medicine

CPD Awards Received

  • CPD Interprofessional Healthcare Team CPD Award: Judith Peranson and SMH team (2015-2016)
  • Global Health Program Awards Faculty Award for Excellence in Global Health Dr. Eileen Nicolle St. Michael’s Hospital Dr. Nicolle’s passion for family medicine and commitment to global health has been evidenced in her key role as an advocate, clinician, educator, and researcher at Markham Stouffville Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, the Inner City Health Associates, and the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.
  • Dr. Praseedha Janakiram Women’s College Hospital Dr. Janakiram has made outstanding contributions to family medicine and global health particularly though her role as co-coordinator of the PGY3 Enhanced Skills Program in Global Health and Care of Vulnerable populations (GHVP) and Co-lead of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Family Medicine.
  • Dr. Kimberly DeSouza UHN -Toronto General Dr. DeSouza has demonstrated excellence in education as well as humanitarian efforts through activities in global health in a variety of impressive settings throughout her medical career. Her unique skills, collegial nature, enthusiasm for education and medicine have left many inspired.
  • Faculty Development Awards Jamie Meuser Award for Excellence in Leadership and Innovation in Faculty Development Dr. Curtis Handford St. Michael’s Hospital This award recognizes Dr. Handford’s many years of visionary leadership and sustained, top quality contributions to Faculty Development in the Department of Family and Community Medicine’s Academic Fellowship and Graduate Studies Program. He was instrumental in founding the Masters of Public Health (Family Community Medicine) program, which provides a pathway for higher education in Family Medicine that is effectively integrated into Public Health. 10
  • Excellence in Faculty Development Dr. Jana Lazor Undergraduate MD/Office of Education Scholarship Dr. Lazor has created a competency based assessment in the MD program and has contributed to the use of models such as constructive alignment to create coordination between assessment and curriculum.
  • Excellence in Continuing Education The Women’s Health Equity Curriculum Group is a multidisciplinary team that includes health professionals, administrative staff and equity experts who have created a needs assessment addressing health equity issues in family practice. From there the group collaborated to create a health equity curriculum with the hope to take it across the GTA to other family health teams with similar needs. Women’s College Hospital Team: Nicole Bourgeois Karen Burrell Ken Callaghan Tania Denmark Jennifer Dockery Holly Finn Diana Hsiang Inna Genkin Yee Lee Jennifer Muir Sherry Teeter Charlie Wharton Sheila Wijayasinghe
  • Cheryl Woodman Community-based Contributor to Faculty Development Dr. Ahmed Mian DFCM distributed medical site/Humber River Hospital ER Dr. Mian is recognized for his valuable contributions as Post-Graduate Education Lead and established several opportunities for professional development in ER at Humber River Hospital.
  • Excellence in Scholarship in Faculty Development Leigh Caplan Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Ms. Caplan, a Diabetic Nurse Educator from the Sunnybrook Diabetes Education Centre, created an innovative program which was offered to the interprofessional Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team. This unique program provides the opportunity to live with diabetes for a week. Team members learned about the patient experience of living with diabetes and about each other’s roles and perspectives around caring for patients with chronic conditions.
  • New Leadership in Faculty Development Dr. Suzanne Turner and Dr. Maya Nader St. Michael’s Hospital Drs. Turner and Nader’s vision and passion has led to the development of a substance use in pregnancy and addiction medicine consult service within our Family Health Team at St. Michael’s Hospital. They are already recognized as leaders in this field. Their skill as clinicians, teachers and scholars has already had meaningful impact on faculty colleagues, their learners, and their patients in managing a prevalent and challenging illness.
  • New Leadership in Faculty Development Dr. Elana Fric (awarded posthumously) The Scarborough & Rouge Hospital. The late Dr. Fric accomplished a great deal in short period of time. She was a department of Family and Community Medicine Peer Reviewer, a member of the FMTU at The Scarborough Hospital, and a Faculty Development Lead. She supervised EBM and the Journal Club, and was a member of the Ontario Medical Association Health Policy Committee.
  • JANUS Containing Professional Development (CPD) Grant Dr. Kimberly Lazare North York General Hospital

CPD Related Grants

  • Leveraging quality improvement science to generate impactful continuing education design in primary care. Department of Family and Community Medicine. ‘Art of the Possible’ Grant Program. Rezmovitz J, Ellison P, O’Brien P. 2017-2019. $5000.

CPD Presentations

  • Clear Goals in Education Scholarship. Education Scholarship for Staff & Physicians at North York General Hospital Continuing Education Program (ESSNCE). Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Jan 19, 2016. Freeman R, Penciner R. (workshop)

CPD Posters

  • Using the past to improve continuing professional development (CPD) in chronic disease management – a critical discourse analysis. Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Annual Conference, Barcelona, Spain. Aug 29, 2016. Wong R, Whitehead C, Kitto S.
  • Exploring the application of quality improvement coaching concepts to inform continuing education. Department of Family and Community Medicine Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Jun 8-9, 2017. O’Brien P, Peranson J.

CPD Events/Courses

  • Undergraduate Education Faculty Development Workshop
  • Celebration of Education Scholarship events
  • INTAPT course
  • Essence of Education Scholarship
  • MSK Connect
  • Clinical Hypnosis
  • Family Medicine Longitudinal Experience
  • Teaching Medical Ethics
  • Journal Clubs
  • Peer Support Writing Groups
  • Faculty Development Retreats
  • DFCM Conference and Walter Rosser Day
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • PriMED 2017

Department of Lab Medicine and Pathobiology

Dr. Yulia Lin was selected as one of three 2017 American Society of Hematology’s (ASH) Choosing Wisely Champions and was invited to give a presentation about her project at the ASH Annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Department of Medical Imaging


  • CE Oncology Grant $2,000 for the Toronto Breast Imaging Conference 2017 organised by the CME program


  • Itri JN; Bakow E; Probyn L; Kadom N; Duong PT; Gettle LM; Mendiratta-Lala M; Scali EP; Winokur RS; Zygmont ME; Kung JW; Rosenkrantz AB. The Science of Quality Improvement. [Review] Academic Radiology. 2017 Mar; 24(3):253-262.
  • Zygmont ME; Itri JN; Rosenkrantz AB; Duong PT; Mankowski Gettle L; Mendiratta-Lala M; Scali EP; Winokur RS; Probyn L; Kung JW; Bakow E; Kadom N. Radiology Research in Quality and Safety: Current Trends and Future Needs. [Review] Academic Radiology. 2017 Mar; 24(3):263-272.
  • Shah R; Sibbald M; Jaffer N; Probyn L; Cavalcanti RB. Online self-study of chest X-rays shows no difference between blocked and mixed practice. Medical Education. 2016 May; 50(5):540-9.


2016 Oct 1 Career Planning: How can I help you find the perfect job? The role of Program Directors in Career Development for Residents. ICRE 2016, Niagra Falls, ON. Presenter(s):  Trinkaus T, Probyn L, Maniate JM.


  • 2016 October 14: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 2016 Extreme Simulation Summit: Ivan Diamond – Assessing competence in emergency radiology via an online simulator (October 14-15, St. John’s, NL)
  • Department of Medicine

    Publications (selected)

    • Sargeant, J., Wong, B. M. and Campbell, C. M. (2017), CPD of the future: a partnership between quality improvement and competency-based education. Med Educ. doi:10.1111/medu.13407
    • Wong, Brian M. MD; Goldman, Joanne PhD; Goguen, Jeannette M. MD, MEd; Base, Christian; Rotteau, Leahora MA; Van Melle, Elaine PhD; Kuper, Ayelet MD, DPhil; Shojania, Kaveh G. MD: Faculty–Resident “Co-learning”: A Longitudinal Exploration of an Innovative Model for Faculty Development in Quality Improvement. Acad Med. 92(8), 1151–1159.
    • Reeves S, Pelone F, Harrison R, Goldman J, Zwarenstein M. Interprofessional collaboration to improve professional practice and healthcare outcomes. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Jun 22;6
    • Parsons JA, Yu CH, Baker NA, Mamdani MM, Bhattacharyya O, Zwarenstein M, Shah BR. Practice Doesn’t Always Make Perfect: A Qualitative Study Explaining Why a Trial of an Educational Toolkit Did Not Improve Quality of Care. PLoS One. 2016. 11(12):e0167878.
    • Goyal S, Lewis G, Yu C, Rotondi M, Seto E, Cafazzo JA. Evaluation of a Behavioral Mobile Phone App Intervention for the Self-Management of Type 2 Diabetes: Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol. JMIR Res Protoc. 2016 Aug 19;5(3):e174.
    • Wong R, Kitto S, Whitehead C. Other ways of knowing: Using critical discourse analysis to reexamine intraprofessional collaboration. Can Fam Physician. 62(9):701-3.
    • Lockyer J, Bursey F, Richardson D, Frank JR, Snell L, Campbell C; ICBME Collaborators. Competency-based medical education and continuing professional development: A conceptualization for change. Med Teach 2017. 39(6):617-622.

    CPD Posters & Presentations


    Presenters Title Session Type

    Rene Wong, Cynthia Whitehead, Simon Kitto

    A Sociohistorical Exploration of Continuing Professional Development in Chronic Disease Management – A Critical Discourse Analysis

    Oral Presentation


    Presenters Title Session Type

    Rene Wong, Cynthia Whitehead, Simon Kitto

    Using the past to improve continuing professional development (CPD) in chronic disease management – a critical discourse analysis

    Jennifer Bryan, Firas Al Rawi, Tina Bhandari, Jennifer Chu, Shandi Hansen, Michelle Klaiman

    Development of targeted sessions on adult education for emergency physicians Posters
    Joanne Goldman, Jeannette Goguen, Leahora Rotteau, Elaine van Melle, Ayelet Kuper, Brian Wong Mentorship of quality improvement experiential projects in resident training: Faculty perceptions and experiences Short Communication

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


    • Kim Liu: Chair’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Program Development and Innovation, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Toronto.
    • Jackie Thomas: Wightman Berris Academy Postgraduate Teaching Award
    • Rory Windrim: Wightman Berris Anderson Academy Award for Extraordinary Contribution to Education


    Chair’s Summer Student Award Emily Landon.  Supervisor Dr. Amanda Selk University of Toronto.  3,500 CAD. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Experience of Canadian Obstetrical Residents Who Take Parental Leave During Training



    Practice makes better. Rory Windrim. Editorial, Prenatal Diagnosis. July 2016.

    Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

    ITIF Grant Report to be submitted Oct 31, 2017.
    Modular Online Framework for Public Education, Undergraduate and Entry‐Level Professional Curricula and Post‐Professional Certification

    Department of Paediatrics


    • RCPSC CPD Innovation Award for Implementation and Evaluation of a Self-Assessment Strategy for a live CE conference (TEL at SickKids Annual Paediatric Update)
    • Colin Woolf Award for Teaching Excellence – Dr. Jonathan Pirie (Dept of Paeds)
    • Dept of Paeds Award for CE – Angela Punnett for Annual Oncology Conference

    CPD Presentations

    • AMEE (Helsinki) – Research Presentation – Testing Test-Enhanced Education in CE (M.Feldman) August 2017
    • CCME (Manitoba) – Test-Enhanced Continuing Education A Randomized Controlled Trial. Presenters: Kulasegaram, M., Feldman, M., Fernando, O. Martimianakis, M. A. April, 2017

    Department of Physical Therapy

    CPD Related Grants

    Dina Brooks, Brenda Mori, and Euson Yeung received funding from the Open Course Initiative Fund (OCIF) for the development of a MOOC, “Managing You Health: The Role of Physical Therapy and Exercise.”

    CPD Publications

    Church K, Landry D, Frazee C, Ignagni E, Mitchell C, Panitch M, Patterson J, Phillips S, Poirier T, Yoshida K.K, Voronka J. Exhibiting activist disability history in Canada: Out from Under as a case study of social movement learning. Studies in the Education of Adults (Int.). Dec. 2016. Article DOI 10.1080/02660830.2016.1219479 (CA). (CPA- Table A. Create & Disseminate CDS History- Creative Excellence. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02660830.2016.1219479

    Daniels S, Lee A, Switzer-McIntyre S, Evans, C. (2016) An Innovative Program to Support Internationally Educated Health Professionals and Their Instructors: Role of the Clinical Practice Facilitator: JCEHP Fall 2016 Volume 36 Number 4 – p 269-277

    Daniels S, Switzer-McIntyre S, Lee AM, Evans C. (Fall, 2016) Supporting Internationally Educated Health Professionals and Their Instructors: An Innovative Clinical Practice Facilitator Role. Journal of Continuing Education in Health Professional Education, 36(4), 269-27

    Landy R, Cameron C, Au A, Cameron D, O’Brien KK, Robrigado K, Baxter L, Cockburn L, O’Hearn S, Oliver B, Nixon SA. Educational strategies to enhance reflexivity among clinicians and health professional students: A scoping study. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research. 17(3). Art. 14. September 2016. http://www.qualitative‐research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/2573

    Onyura, B., Baker, L., Millar, B-A., Ng, S., Mori, B. A mandala of faculty development: using theory-based evaluation to explore contexts, mechanisms and outcomes. Advances in Health Sciences Education (2016): 1-22.

    Yeung E, Kulsegaram M, Woods N, Hodges B, Dubrowski A, Carnahan H. Validity of a new assessment rubric for a short-answer test of clinical reasoning. BMC Medical Education. 2016 ;16 :192 https://bmcmededuc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12909-016-0714-1

    Department of Psychiatry

    CPD Awards Received

    Colin Woolf Course Coordination – Dr. Cindy Grief and Ms. Lisa Sokoloff

    Dave Davis – Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingham and Dr. David Wiljer

    Fear Fellowship – Dr. Andrea Waddell

    Canadian Psychiatric Association Paul Patterson Innovation in Education Leadership Award – Dr. Mark Rapoport

    Council on Psychiatric Continuing Education Best Paper Award by a Psychiatry Resident – Dr. Paul Benassi

    Joint Canadian Psychiatric Association-Council on Psychiatric Continuing Education for Most Outstanding Continuing Education Activity in Psychiatry in Canada – Drs. Bruce Ballon, Eileen Lacroix, and Ayal Schaffer.

    CPD Related Grants

    2017 Jun – 2019 Jun Data and Lifelong learning (LLL): Understanding Cultural Barriers and Facilitators to Accessing and Using Clinical Performance Data to Support Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Phil Manning Grant Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education. Investigators: Sockalingam S (co-PI), Wiljer D (co-PI), Tavares W, Mylopoulos M, Campbell C, Silver I, Davis D. 50, 000 USD

    2017 Jun – 2020 Jun Evaluating the impact of the Project ECHO model on primary care management of mental health and addictions. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant. Investigators: Crawford A (co-PI), Sockalingam S (co-PI), Alloo J, Kurdyak P, Serhal E, Furlan A, Mylopoulos M. 573,750 CAD

    CPD Publications

    • Sockalingam S, Soklaridis S, Yufe S, Rawkins S, Harris I, Tekian A, Silver I, Wiljer D. Incorporating lifelong learning from residency to practice: a qualitative study exploring psychiatry learner needs and motivations. J Cont Educ Health Prof 2017; 37(2): 90-97.
    • Shen N, Yufe S, Saadatfard O, Sockalingam S, Wiljer D. Rebooting Kirkpatrick: Integrating information systems theory into the evaluation of web-based continuing professional development interventions for interprofessional development. J Cont Educ Health Prof March 2017; 37(2): 137-146.
    • Zhou C, Crawford A, Serhal E, Kurdyak P, Sockalingam S. The impact of Project ECHO on primary care outcomes: a systematic review. Acad Med 2016 Oct; 91(10): 1439-1461.
    • Benassi P, MacGillvray L, Silver I, Sockalingam S. Understanding the Role of Morbidity and Mortality Rounds in Medical Education: A Scoping Review. Med Educ 2017;51(5):469-479.

    Department of Radiation Oncology

    • Pamela Catton UTDRO Interprofessional Award: Lisa di Prospero 2017
    • Dr. Ewa Szumacher elected to Vice President of the American Association for Cancer Education 2017-2018
    • Lisa Di Prospero Director, Practice-Based Research and Innovation Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre,
    • Inaugural Fellowship in geriatric Oncology Matthew Neve, collaboration between Departments of Radiation Oncology,
      Medical Oncology and Geriatric Medicine Division

    • AMEE Conference, Copenhagen, Finland, 2017 Developing CEPD to Optimize IP Clinical, Educational and Research Practices within UTDRO –Challengers and Opportunities (poster presentation)