2015 Dalhousie Medical Education Institute

In conjunction with the 38th Annual Dr. Paul Cudmore Memorial Activities

About the Institute


In response to changing accreditation requirements and advances in assessment espoused by thought leaders in Medical Education, Dean Marrie convened the Assessment Unit Working Group (AUWG) in 2014 to advise on and ensure a high quality, sustainable assessment program spanning the medical school continuum .

To support faculty in this transition, the 2015 inaugural Medical Education Institute (which follows on the heels of the Cudmore lecture with Dr. Cees Van der Vleuten) will focus on current paradigms in assessment and the preliminary recommendations of the AUWG.



At the Institute you will learn:
    - Characteristics and advantages of programmatic assessment
    - Principles of effective assessment, applied to the evaluation of learners
    - How to incorporate programmatic assessment into your learning context


The Institute is intended for:
    - Clinical, basic, and health science faculty members
    - Medical educators
    - Health professionals
    - Learners


As an accredited provider, Dalhousie University, CPD designates this continuing medical education activity for up to 5.75 credit hour for MAINPRO M-1 of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and as an accredited group learning Section 1 activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama-assn.org/go/internationalcme


Presenting Location
Theatre A, Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building (Link)
5850 College Street
Halifax, NS


Videoconference Locations
for the morning presentations only

Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick | Saint John, NB   Rm. 218
Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital | Fredericton, NB Rm. 208
Moncton Hospital | Moncton, NB   Rm. 1712
Upper River Valley Hospital | Waterville, NB
Rm. 14-020A
Saint John Regional Hospital | Saint John, NB Rm. 1D South
Colchester Regional Hospital | Truro, NS   Rm. D1750
Miramichi Regional Hospital | Miramichi, NB   Rm. 3112


The Lord Nelson Hotel is offering a special rate for May 20 – 21. To make a reservation, call toll-free (1-800-565-2020) or locally (1-902-423-6331) and ask for the Education Institute rate/room block. Room are on hold until April 22.


On the agenda

Time Title Speakers
8:00 Registration  
8:30 Welcome & Introductions
8:45 Programmatic Assessment (PA): Reimagining Assessment at Dalhousie Medical School (Town Hall Discussion)
Assessment Unit Working Group with
Dr. Cees van der Vleuten, Maastricht University
Break (refreshments provided)
10:30 Engaging Faculty in the Assessment of Learners
Dr. Dale Dauphinee
11:15 Using 360 Degree Assessment from School to Practice Dr. Joan Sargeant
12:00 Break (lunch on your own)  
12:30 Concurrent Workshops Block 1  
  How to Create Excellent  Multiple-Choice Questions Dr. Keith Wilson
  Assessments in Competency-Based Education: Putting them Together & Coaching for Change Drs. Janice Chisholm &
Joan Sargeant
  Clinical Evaluation & the Failure to Fail
Dr. Mary-Lynn Watson
1:45 Concurrrent Workshops Block 2  
  The Dalhousie Medicine Assessment Unit Working Group (AUWG) Recommendations: What do they mean for you?
Assessment Unit Working Group
  How to Remediate for Issues of Professionalism
Drs. Pam Forsythe & Michael Teehan
  Choosing Wisely: Collaboration, Communication and More
Dr. Constance LeBlanc
3:00 Reception (refreshments provided)  

About the speakers

Click on the speakers for more information.

Dr. Cees van der Vleuten, MA, PhD | Professor, Dept. Educational Development and Research; Scientific Director, School of Health Professions Education, University of Maastricht






Cees van der Vleuten has been at the University of Maastricht in The Netherlands since 1982. In 1996, he was appointed Professor of Education and Chair (until 2014) of the Department of Educational Development and Research in the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences and he has been the Scientific Director of the School of Health Professions Education since 2005. He mentors many researchers in medical education and has supervised more than 70 doctoral graduate students.

Dr. van der Vleuten has been published widely in his primary area of expertise, evaluation and assessment, and holds numerous academic and career awards. In 2005 he received the John P. Hubbard Award for a significant contribution to research and development of assessment of medical competence from the National Board of Medical Examiners in the US. In 2010, he received a Dutch royal decoration for the societal impact of his work and in 2012 the Karolinska Prize for Research in Medical Education.

He frequently serves as a consultant and holds honorary academic appointments in the Department of Surgery and Internal Medicine, University of Copenhagen in Denmark, Department of General Practice, Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, in the United Kingdom, School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide in Australia, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in South-Africa and Curtin University, 2014-2015, Perth in Australia.

Dr. Dale Dauphinee, MD | Adjunct Professor, Division of Clinical Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University; Senior Scholar, Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education & Research; Senior Advisor, World Federation for Medical Education





Dr. Dale Dauphinee, former Chair and Professor in the Department of Medicine at McGill University, also served as the founding Director of the Division of Clinical Epidemiology at the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Associate Dean of Medicine (Medical Education), and the Director of the McGill Center for Medical Education Research.

From 1993-2006 he was the Executive Director of the Medical Council of Canada where he established its first in-house research program, an external research grants program, directed their pioneering move to adaptive on-line assessment methods, and created the national physician identifier and physician credential verification services. During that time, he was a Trustee of the American Board of Internal Medicine and received many awards for distinguished service, including the John Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners for excellence in contributions to medical assessment and evaluation, an Honorary Membership in the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. 

He currently sits on several editorial and international advisory boards and continues to conduct research into workforce production, developing informatics infrastructure and assessment outcomes strategies, as well as consulting and advising universities, national professional bodies, governments, and health sciences educational programs internationally.

Dr. Joan Sargeant, PhD | Professor & Head, Division of Medical Education; Education Researcher, Continuing Professional Development, Dalhousie University




Joan Sargeant is a Professor and Head, Division of Medical Education, Dalhousie University. She is an educator and researcher in medical education, with a particular interest in the assessment of learners and practitioners. Her current research explores how to facilitate feedback to learners in a way that will increase its acceptance and usefulness.

Dr. Keith Wilson, BA, MD, PhD, CCFP | Assistant Professor, Dept. Family Medicine, Dalhousie University



Dr. Keith Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and teaches at both the undergraduate (at DMNB) and postgraduate levels at Dalhousie. He has a keen interest in the assessment of learners in medical education and has had a number of opportunities to learn from experts in assessment worldwide. Dr. Wilson is currently applying his knowledge in the undergraduate Professional Competencies course to enhance assessment for and of learning.    

Dr. Janice Chisholm, BSc, MD, FRCPC | Associate Professor, Dept. Anesthesia & Critical Care & Program Director - Postgraduate, Dalhousie University



Dr. Janice Chisholm is an Associate Professor and the Residency Director in the Department of Anesthesia, and Chair of the Critical Care Simulation Program at Dalhousie. She is also a staff anesthesiologist at the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

Dr. Chisholm has earned a number of teaching awards including: Anesthesia Undergraduate Teacher of the Year (2007), Critical Care Educator of the Year (2007 & 2010), Clinical Teaching Recognition Award (2006 - 2007), and Resident Mentor of the Year (2013).  Her love of teaching extends beyond Dalhousie and the QEII, having participated in a teaching mission to Rwanda in 2009, 2011, and 2013.

Dr. Mary-Lynn Watson, MD, CCFP(EM) | Associate Professor, Dept. Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University

Dr. Watson is an active staff member of the Emergency Department at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center in Halifax and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine. She holds a cross appointment in Family Medicine and Continuing Medical Education at Dalhousie University. She is also a member and former Chair of the Progress and Promotion Committee at Dalhousie University Medical School. 

Dr. Watson is the former Residency Director for the CFPC(EM) program at Dalhousie University and former President of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians.      

Dr. Pam Forsythe, MD, FRCPC, DFCPA | Assistant Professor, Dept. Psychiatry, Dalhousie University; Assistant Professor, Dept. Psychiatry, Memorial University; Director of Student Affairs, Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick



Throughout her rather eclectic career as a general psychiatrist, medical administrator, and educator, Dr. Forsythe has seen the best and worst of professionalism behaviors. As the Chair of the Professionalism Committee for the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie, she is keenly aware of the complexities of teaching and modeling professionalism excellence, and remediating professionalism lapses within medicine. As a psychiatrist, she has had a longstanding interest in physician health matters and through the Student Affairs portfolio she sees opportunities to encourage the next generation to be both committed and resilient.

Dr. Michael D. Teehan, MD, FRCPC | Associate Professor, Dept. Psychiatry & Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University

Dr. Teehan completed his specialty training at Dalhousie, and joined the faculty in 1985 upon graduation. He has served in senior leadership roles, including Residency Training Director, from 1994 - 1999.

In 2010, he was appointed to the newly created post of Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. In that capacity, he has dealt with issues of professionalism in medical students, and the consequences for breaches of professional behaviour.

Dr. Constance LeBlanc, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP, MEd | Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development & Professor, Dept. Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University




Dr. LeBlanc has had the privilege of providing clinical care in the Emergency Department at the QEII for over 26 years. Throughout this time, she has also assumed academic responsibilities as Director for Undergraduate Medical Education in Emergency Medicine, Director of Postgraduate Medical Education in Emergency Medicine, Program Director for the CCFP(EM) Medicine program at Dalhousie, and currently as Associate Dean of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

During the eight years she was Chair of Continuing Medical Education for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP),  Dr. LeBlanc developed the Risky Business Roadshow [funded by, and in collaboration with, the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)], the Musculoskeletal Injuries in Adults & Children Roadshow (funded by CAEP), and the Infectious Disease Roadshow (funded by CAEP). She was also a developer and speaker for the first iteration of the ED STAT Roadshow and is currently a speaker in the CAEP Review Series.

Currently she serves as the CAEP representative for the International Federation of Emergency Medicine  representing Canada on both the Education and CPD Committees, and sits on the CAEP Academic Emergency Medicine Committee.