Editorial Team


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 a Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. He is also the Assistant Program Director of the University of Toronto Emergency Medicine Residency Program and the Director of Clinical Operations for the Department of Emergency Services at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. His interests include medical education, fatigue management in residency training, physician leadership and healthcare administration.

Kelsey Innes Passport Photo - 8.5.18 copyDr. Kelsey Innes is an emergency physician and clinical educator at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH). In 2018 she completed the American College of Surgery fellowship in Simulation Education. She is now actively involved in resident education and is a member of the VGH residency training committee and the co-director for simulation. In 2019 she received the VGH resident teacher of the year award. She is currently helping to develop a formal simulation program for the UBC Emergency Medicine residency and is helping to expand in situ simulation at VGH. She hopes to remain actively involved in simulation training and research throughout her career.

Hall2019Sept (small) copyDr. Andrew K. Hall is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine (EM) at Queen’s University where he is the Competency-Based Medical Education Lead for the FRCPC-EM training program.  He is a Simulation-based Resuscitation Rounds Instructor and runs the Simulation-based OSCE Assessment Program for EM residents.  He is additionally co-chair of the Canadian Emergency Medicine Simulation Educators Research Collaborative (EM-SERC) and he works with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a Clinician Educator focused on the Competency-By-Design evaluation strategy.  He was a recipient of the 2019 Canadian Association of Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit Award and multiple teaching awards at Queen’s. His current research areas include medical education, simulation and simulation-based assessment, and competency-based medication education, with a focus on innovation, assessment, entrustment, evaluation, and outcomes.

Yang.jpgDr. Thomas Yang is an Emergency Medicine physician and simulation educator at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. His interests within Medical Simulation include patient safety using in-situ simulation, faculty development, global health sim (sim in low-resource settings) and assessment. Thomas obtained his Bachelors of Sciences in SUNY-Geneseo in Biology, Masters of Sciences in Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Biomedical Sciences and Medical Doctor degree in Chicago Medical School.

SameerDr. Sameer Sharif is a emergency physician and critical care fellow at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He is also currently enrolled in the Clinician Educator program at McMaster University. He completed his undergraduate training in Medical Sciences at the University of Western Ontario and his medical degree at McMaster University. Sameer’s interests include critical care, ultrasound, resuscitation, medical education, and simulation training. Sameer is currently focusing on bridging the gap between resuscitation education through his Clinician Educator fellowship.

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.

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.

chorley blog photoDr. Alex Chorley is an emergency physician in Hamilton, Ontario, where he practices both general and pediatric emergency medicine.  He completed his Bachelor of Science at Western University and went on to do his medical degree and FRCP-EM residency training at McMaster University.  He also completed the Royal College’s Clinician Educator diploma during his subspecialty year.  As part of his medical education fellowship at McMaster, he created a new academic half-day curriculum for the FRCP-EM program founded in competency-based medical education principals.  He has enjoyed watching simulation grow and become a core component of residency education at McMaster.

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.

GeorgeDr. George Mastoras is an Emergency Physician at The Ottawa Hospital with special expertise in resuscitation medicine and simulation-based medical education. He has a keen interest in the intersection of resuscitation science, human factors, and quality improvement and is engaged clinically and academically in efforts to enhance care during high-stakes medical crises. He is the Lead for Faculty CPD Simulation and ED in-situ simulation within the Department of Emergency Medicine, Chair of the department’s Resuscitation Committee, and is a regular instructor in the Trauma and Point-of-care Ultrasound programs. Dr. Mastoras’ academic work focuses on team performance in ED critical care and he has published and lectured nationally on a range of topics in patient safety, simulation, and resuscitation.

photoDr. Tamara McColl (@TamaraMcColl) is a clinician educator and Academic Lead of Educational Scholarship at the University of Manitoba, Department of Emergency Medicine. She is currently completing her Masters of Medical Education at the University of Dundee and has a particular interest in simulation, social media and competency-based educational research. She is also an avid FOAMed enthusiast and contributes regularly to Academic Life in Emergency Medicine’s (ALiEM) Medical Education in Cases (MEdIC) series as Associate Editor.

obrienDr. Michael O’Brien is an Emergency Physician and Lecturer at The Ottawa Hospital, and is the Co-Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Simulation program. He completed his residency at The University of Ottawa, and did a Fellowship in Simulation through The University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre. Dr. O’Brien’s academic focus is in simulation curriculum development and the integration of simulation into CBME.

JamesHuffman_PROFILE_FINAL 006 copy.jpgDr. James Huffman is an emergency physician in Calgary, Alberta and a Transport Physician for STARS Air Ambulance. He’s a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine at the UofC and also the associate medical director of education for STARS with the primary responsibility of managing both the internal and external simulation programs. He’s a member of the Canadian Emergency Medicine Simulation Educators Research Collaborative and he’s extremely passionate about airway management, learning, education and how we think. He’s taught and spoken on these topics all across, Canada, the US and Europe. He has authored and co-authored multiple papers and textbook chapters on simulation-based medical education.

unnamedDr. Alexandra Stefan (@astefan12) is an emergency physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and University Health Network, and assistant professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Toronto. She is the Co-Director of Postgraduate Education in the Sunnybrook Emergency Department. Her interests include physician wellness, medical education, global health education, and she has been faculty for several teaching trips with the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration. She believes that simulation is valuable education tool for health care providers to develop and practice a broad range of clinical skills, from ACLS to goals of care discussions.

Junior Editors

2D6156BA-CBDD-412F-AAC0-B8F7F5B45068Dr. Brad Stebner is a PGY3 Emergency Medicine resident at the University of British Columbia. His interests include medical education and leadership, sports medicine, and health care administration. He is particularly interested in using simulation to evaluate system efficiency, crisis resource management, and interprofessional collaboration. He completed his BSc at Michigan Tech University while playing NCAA hockey and his MD at the University of Calgary.

EMcasessiteDr. Katie Maguire is a PGY3 Emergency Medicine resident at the University of British Columbia.  Her interests include medical education, disaster medicine and simulation. She is particularly interested in simulation as an educational technique to develop communication and crisis resource management skills. She completed her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University and her medical degree at the University of Manitoba.

AshleyDr. Ashley Lubberdink is a PGY5 Emergency Medicine resident at McMaster University. Her interests within EM include medical education (the full spectrum of curriculum design, simulation, knowledge translation and FOAMed), and paediatric emergency medicine. She completed her BSc in Biology at McMaster, and her Medical Degree at the University of Toronto.

MullaDr. Ali Mulla is a PGY5 Emergency Medicine resident at McMaster University. He has an interest in disaster and humanitarian-based medicine and is currently completing the European Masters of Disaster Medicine. He is engaged in research investigating how simulation can be used to prepare hospital and emergency department staff for these high-risk, low frequency events. Ali completed a BA (Kinesiology/Physiology) and a MSc (Kinesiology/Neuroscience) at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, and completed his MD at McMaster University.


Dr. Anali Maneshi is a PGY3 Emergency Medicine resident at McGill University. She is interested in acute care and medical education. The many valuable experiences she’s had at the stimulation centre learning technical skills and the importance of successful team functioning in acute care settings have piqued her interest in stimulation. She completed her BSc at the University of Waterloo, her MSc in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, and her Medical Degree at McGill University.

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