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Patricia LivingstonMD, FRCPC, MED

Associate Professor

Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine

Email: plivings@dal.ca
Phone: 902-473-2331
Research Topics:
  • Global health
  • Medical Education
  • Simulation-based education
  • Anesthetists’ non-technical skills
  • Obstetric anesthesia safety

Education:

  • MEd (Acadia University)
  • Fellowship, pain management (Dalhousie University)
  • Anesthesia residency (University of Toronto)
  • MD (University of Colorado School of Medicine)
  • BA, chemistry (University of Colorado)

Research interests:

Dr. Livingston’s main academic interests are in curriculum development, medical education and improving health care in low- and middle-income countries.

Selected publications:

  • Patricia Livingston, Lauren Zolpys, Christian Mukwesi, Theogene Twagirumugabe, Sara Whynot, & Anna MacLeod (2014). Non-technical skills of anaesthesia providers in Rwanda: an ethnography. PanAfrican Medical Journal, 19. DOI: 10.11604/pamj.2014.19.97.5205
  • Livingston P, Evans F, Nsereko E, Nyirigira G, Ruhato P, Sargeant J, Chipp M, Enright A (2014). Safer obstetric anesthesia through education and mentorship: a model for knowledge translation in Rwanda. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, 61(11), 1028-1039. DOI: 10.1007/s12630-014-0224-8
  • Livingston P, Bailey JG, Ntakiyiruta G, Mukwesi C, Whynot S, Brindley P (2014). Development of a simulation and skills centre in East Africa: a Rwandan-Canadian partnership. Pan African Medical Journal, 17, 315. DOI: 10.11604/pamj.2014.17.315.4211
  • Chritton S, Weinkauf J, McClain C, O'Flaherty J, Livingston P, Evans F, Kessler S, Nelson E, Durieux M (2013). Teaching Anesthesiology in Rwanda: A Multi-pronged Approach. American Society of Anesthesiologists Newsletter, 77(6), 52 -55.

Biography:

Dr. Livingston is an associate professor of anesthesia and medical director of global health in the Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine at Dalhousie University. She is an Honourary Associate Professor at the University of Rwanda. Her clinical practice includes anesthesia and chronic pain management. She is active in medical education at both Dalhousie University and the University of Rwanda. Her work in Rwanda has included anesthesia curriculum development, establishment of a simulation and skills centre and introduction of the Rwandan the Safer Anesthesia From Education (SAFE) Obstetric Anesthesia Course. Dr. Livingston and her colleague, Dr. Ruth Covert, have developed the Teaching and Learning Course to help residents and consultants improve build skills as lifelong learners.

Selected awards and honours:

  • Mentor/Role Model of the Year, Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine (2014)
  • Certificate of Merit, Canadian Association for Medical Education (2014)
  • Dr. John Savage Memorial Award in Global Health, Dalhousie University (2012)

Service & activity:

  • Vice chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society International Education Foundation (2014 – present)
  • Co-chair, Curriculum Renewal Committee, Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine (2011 – present)
  • Member, Fellowship Advisory Committee, Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine (2011 – present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society International Education Foundation (2008 – 2014)

Teaching (current):

  • OSCE development – Dalhousie University
  • Teaching and Learning Course – Dalhousie University and University of Rwanda
  • Foundations level, Anesthesia Practice Unit– Dalhousie University
  • Core level, Regional and Pain Curriculum – Dalhousie University
  • Simulation scenario creation and facilitation – Dalhousie University
  • Obstetric Anesthesia and Respiratory Units – University of Rwanda