Dr. Anna MacLeod

Professor and Director, Education Research


Related information

Email: anna.macleod@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-7861
Fax: 902-494-1479
Mailing Address: 
2L-20, Sir Charles Tupper Link Building, 5850 College Street
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Distributed medical education
  • Learning and technology
  • Social issues in medical education
  • Sociomaterial approaches to medical education
  • Cadaver-based simulation


  • PhD (University of South Australia)
  • MAEd (Mount Saint Vincent University)
  • BEd (University of New Brunswick)
  • BA (University of New Brunswick)

Brief bio

Dr. MacLeod is a social scientist with an active research portfolio. A qualitative researcher, she uses ethnographic methods to learn about distributed medical education and learning with technology. She is particularly interested in understanding the social and material influences associated with developing professional identities.

Research interest

Dr. MacLeod maintains a Tri-Council funded program of research exploring the complexities of medical education in a digital age. She is currently the Principal Investigator on grants funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Selected publications

  • MacLeod, A., Luong, V., Cameron, P., Kovacs, G., Patrick, L., Tummons, J. and Kits, O. (2021), When I Say…Human. Medical Educationhttps://doi.org/10.1111/medu.14537
  • Cleland, J., MacLeod, A. & Ellaway, R. (2021). The curious case of case study research. Medical Education, https://doi.org/ 10.1111/medu.14544.
  • Cleland, J. & MacLeod, A. (2021). The visual vernacular: embracing photographs in research. Perspectives on Medical Education, (In press).
  • Burm S, MacLeod A. (2020). A sense of sociomaterialism: How sociomaterial perspectives might illuminate health professions education. Focus on Health Professions Education, 21(1), 1-12.
  • MacLeod A., Ellaway R., Paradis E., Park Y., Young M., & Varpio, L. (2020). Being ‘edgy’ in health professions education. Academic Medicine, DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003250
  • Varpio L., MacLeod A. (2020). Harnessing the multidisciplinary edge effect by exploring paradigms, ontologies, epistemologies, axiologies, and methodologies. Academic Medicine, DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003142.
  • MacLeod A., Ajjawi, R. (2020). Thinking sociomaterially: Why matter matters in medical education. Academic Medicine,  DOI:10.1097/ACM.0000000000003143.
  • MacLeod A., Ajjawi, R., Cameron, P., Kits, O. & Tummons, J. (2019). Actor network theory and ethnography: Sociomaterial approaches to researching medical education. Perspectives on Medical Education DOI: 10.1007/s40037-019-0513-6.
  • MacLeod A., Cameron, P., Kits, O., Power, G. & Tummons, J. (2019). Teaching and Learning with Videoconferencing at Regional Medical Campuses. Journal of Regional Medical Campuses. DOI: https://doi.org/10.24926/jrmc.v2i2.1559 
  • MacLeod A., Cameron, P., Kits, O., Tummons, J. (2019). Technologies of exposure: Videoconferenced distributed medical education as a sociomaterial practice. Academic Medicine 94 (3), 412-18.
  • Kits, O., MacLeod, A., Tummons, J. & Angus, C. (2019). Progressive research collaborations and the limits of soft power. Perspectives on Medical Education 8 (1), 28-32.

Awards & honours

  • 2018 Elected to Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars
  • 2016 Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit
  • 2013 DalVision Academic Innovation Award: Development of a Digital OSCE Scoring System
  • 2010 Most Popular Article Award: Advances in Health Sciences Education: Theory and Practice. (Mann K, Gordon J, MacLeod A. Reflective Practice in Health Professions Education: A Review of the Literature. Advances in Health Sciences Education: Theory and Practice, 2009; 14: 595-621).


  • Association for the Study of Medical Education
  • Canadian Association for Medical Education
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association for the Study of Medical Education in Europe
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Education


  • Associate Professor & Director,Education Research, Division of Medical Education , Faculty of Medicine & Continuing Professional Development, Dalhousie University (2014-present)
  • Assistant Professor & Education Specialist, Division of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University (2011 –2014)
  • Education Specialist with Assistant Professor Appointment, Division of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University (2010 – 2011)
  • Educational Objectives and Case Writing Specialist, Division of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University (2010)
  • Sessional Faculty, Faculty of Education, Acadia University (Interprofessional Health Sciences Cohort) (2010  - present)
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Education, Saint Francis Xavier University (2009–present)


  • Graduate Education, Acadia University, Faculty of Education, Interprofessional Health Education Cohort
    • EDUC 5634 - Major Theoretical Developments in Curriculum Studies
    • EDUC 5633 - Advances in Curriculum Foundations
  • Undergraduate Medical Education, Dalhousie University, Faculty of Medicine
  • Professional Competencies I and II, Tutor
  • Research in Medicine, Mentor
  • Research in Medicine, Curriculum Lead (Qualitative Research, Education Research)

Service & activities

  • Board of Directors, the Canadian Association for Medical Education
  • Member, Dalhousie University Health Sciences Research Ethics Board
  • Member, Department of Medicine Education Strategic Plan Committee