About the Advisory Board


sherbino croppedDr. Jonathan Sherbino
is an associate professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, McMaster University. Jonathan is a senior Clinician Educator with the Royal College, co-editing the CanMEDS 2015 framework, co-chairing the International Conference on Residency Education and serving as a member of the Emergency Medicine specialty committee, among other projects. He is a member of the International CBME Collaborative, contributing to a series of landmark papers on CBME in 2010 with a new series of papers set for publication. An adjunct scientist with Program for Education Research and Development, McMaster University, his education research focuses on clinical decision-making.

T chanDr. Teresa Chan is an emergency physician and clinician educator in Hamilton, ON. Since 2014, she has also been the Director of Continuing Professional Development for the Division of Emergency Medicine at McMaster University. Nationally, she has held positions with the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine as the journal’s inaugural Social Media Editor. She has a broad interest in educational research and scholarship. Her most recent areas of interest have been competency-based assessment and social media-based teaching, learning, and knowledge translation.

quang croppedDr. Quang Ngo is a an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University and is currently the Associate Program Director for the Pediatrics program at McMaster. He graduated from Western University in 2006, and later completed his pediatric training and a chief residency year at the Children’s Hospital – London Health Sciences Centre.  He subsequently completed a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.  His enthusiasm for medical education has been recognized throughout his training, having received awards for excellence in teaching both as a resident and as a fellow.  During his fellowship, he developed an interest in medical simulation and continues to pursue advanced simulation training as it pertains to medical education and quality improvement in the pediatric emergency department.

Cheryl French copyDr. Cheryl ffrench completed her undergraduate education at the University of Manitoba.  After a brief foray into the world of nursing, she entered medical school at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 2006 and proudly accepting a position in their FRCPC Emergency Medicine Program.  Dr. ffrench is a staff physician at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg and is also the Associate Program Director for the University of Manitoba’s FRCP-EM residency program.  Dr. ffrench is actively involved in medical education and has been the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Director of Simulation since 2011.  In this capacity, she has developed four simulation curriculums for post graduate emergency medicine training including a joint trauma simulation program with General Surgery.  She has also developed and run simulation based courses for practicing physicians.

Andrew HallDr. Andrew Hall is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University where he is a Simulation-based Resuscitation Rounds Instructor and runs the Simulation-based OSCE Assessment Program for EM residents.  He has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Medical Education and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Medical Education through the University of Dundee in Scotland.    His current research areas include the development and validation of competency-based assessment tools for EM trainees and the use of simulation and novel technologies for assessment and self-assessment.

chris hicksDr. Chris Hicks is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital, as well as a Clinician-Educator and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto.  His program of research involves exploring and improving the boundaries of human and team performance for high stakes resuscitation, drawing from cognitive psychology and high risk, high performance industry to develop novel training solutions for emergency medicine.  He is the associate program director for the FRCP-EM residency program in Toronto, an avid speaker and lecturer, and vociferous #FOAMed supporter, tweeting out tidbits of med-ed goodness, ill-informed opinions on world politics, and the occasional quotation from HBO’s The Wire.  Chris attempts to keep sane by spending time with his three boys, gregarious dog, the running trails of High Park and the life-threatening bike lanes of downtown Toronto.  He is thrilled to be supporting this stellar simulation endeavour.

BrentDr. Brent Thoma is an attending emergency physician in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with an academic interest in technology-enhanced learning. He is also the program director for the University of Saskatchewan’s FRCP-EM residency program. During residency he embraced the creation of open educational resources by founding the learner-centered medical education blog boringEM. After seeing the potential of simulation education during his residency program, he completed a simulation fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He remains actively involved in simulation teaching and research.

Kaif croppedDr. Kaif Pardhan studied medicine at the University of Manitoba and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Medical Education at the University of Dundee. Dr. Pardhan is a Staff Emergency Physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and McMaster Children’s Hospital and is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. His interests include medical education, fatigue management in residency training, physician leadership and healthcare administration.

Catherine Grossman_MDDr. Catherine (Cathy) Grossman is Associate Professor of Medicine, within the division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems in Richmond, Virginia.  She has been practicing all sorts of medical simulation since 2006, and is now acting as Interim Medical Director for the Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety at VCU.  While not from Canada nor an Emergency Medicine Physician, she is a welcome addition to our peer review team and provides a unique perspective to our cases.

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