Stepping Stones

Program Committee

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Abbas Ghavam-Rassoul MD

Betty Onyura PhD

Evaluation Research Scientist, Centre for Faculty Development
Assistant Professor & Evaluation Science Lead-Office of Education Scholarship,Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital

Betty Onyura's work is in Health Professions Education and Faculty Development, informed by both an interest in organizational behavior and a passion for evaluation theory and practice. She holds a doctorate in Industrial Organizational Psychology and is a Credentialed Evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society.

Euson Yeung BScPT, MEd, FCAMT, PhD

Lecturer, Department of Physical Therapy

Euson Yeung is a physiotherapist and a lecturer in the department of Physical Therapy where he teaches orthopaedics in the Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy (MScPT) program. In this role, he draws on his doctoral training in health professions education to continually renew the MScPT curriculum to create a nurturing teaching and learning environment that inspires the next generation of physiotherapists. To this end, he has also contributed to faculty development efforts within the department of Physical Therapy and at the Centre for Faculty Development.

Karen Leslie MD, MEd, FRCPC

Director, Centre for Faculty Development Professor of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Karen Leslie is a Professor of Paediatrics and a staff paediatrician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at SickKids. Since 2009 she has been the Director of the Centre for Faculty Development after serving as Associate Director for several years. Her areas of scholarly focus in health professions education include faculty development, career development and mentoring.

Laura Hayos MScOT

Project Manager – Centre for Faculty Development
Status-Only Lecturer, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
Educator Member, University of Toronto's Centre for Interprofessional Education

Laura is a registered Occupational Therapist and a graduate of the Centre for Faculty Development’s (CFD) Stepping Stones Teacher Development program. Laura joined the CFD as the Project Manager in 2019 with 8 years of experience working in health care as both a clinician and educator in remote Northern communities as well as urban hospitals. She joins the CFD from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), where she worked as an Occupational Therapist clinically, as a Project Coordinator/Educator in the Simulation Centre and as the Manager, Continuing Professional Education. Driven by her own experience as a clinician-educator, Laura was enthusiastic about and committed to supporting her colleagues at CAMH through the coordination, development and facilitation of faculty development across the organization in both simulation-based education and as the CAMH co-lead for the CFD’s Teaching for Learning and Collaboration program.

In her new role, Laura will be involved with strategically developing and implementing new faculty development initiatives. She will work with faculty leads and program committees to plan, implement and deliver CFD programs including the CFD’s New and Evolving Academic Leaders (NEAL) Program.

Lindsay Baker MEd, BEd

Lead Educator-Researcher, Centre for Faculty Development
Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Cross-Appointed Researcher, The Wilson Centre

Lindsay is the Lead Educator-Researcher at the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD). She focuses on purposeful integration of her education and qualitative research expertise, demonstrated through her work developing CFD programs, delivering invited educational workshops, and consulting on and supporting scholarship projects within and beyond the local health professions education community. Lindsay’s teaching focuses on alignment and integration of paradigms in education, ethically important moments in education scholarship, and critical pedagogies.

Lindsay’s main research interest is in using a qualitative approach, with a lens of power, to examine the boundaries and relations between disciplines, professions, and knowledge communities. By explicating the boundaries between knowledge communities, Lindsay’s work raises questions about long-held assumptions. These questions are necessary if we are to aim for actual change through movements like IPE, competency-based education, and interdisciplinary research.

Sacha Agrawal

Staff Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Sacha Agrawal's clinical and teaching practice is focused on the provision of recovery-oriented, person-centred mental health services. He has designed, led and researched collaborations with service users that aim to disrupt and transform health professional education.

Tova Nathanson

Umberin Najeeb MD, FCPS (Pak), FRCPC

Co-Director Master Teacher Program & Faculty Lead IMG/IFT Mentorship Program
Department of Medicine, University of Toronto

Umberin Najeeb is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and a staff internist in the Department of Medicine at Sunnybrook health sciences center. Since 2018 she has been the Co-Director of the Department of Medicine's Master Teacher program. Her areas of scholarly focus are 1) transition and integration of IMGs (and other Internationally Educated Health Professionals) into their training and working environments 2) health professions education including faculty development and mentorship.