Cynthia Whitehead MD, PhD

Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Ian Hart Award

External Education and Teaching Award Recipients

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Dr. Cynthia Whitehead has served in many leadership, research, and teaching roles within the field of medical education. Dr Whitehead is Director and Scientist, Wilson Centre for Research in Education, and holds the BMO Financial Group Chair in Health Professions Education Research at University Health Network. Dr Whitehead’s program of research uses critical discourse analysis and other social science theories to better understand the history of health professions education (HPE), the globalization of medical education, competency-based medical education (CBME), and interprofessional education (IPE). She is a Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and a family physician and clinical teacher at Women’s College Hospital. She is also the Scholarly Capacity Building Lead for the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration, a partnership that aims to build capacity for medical education to be led by Ethiopians in Ethiopia. As an educator, Dr Whitehead aims to provide learners with an environment and structure that enables them to flourish intellectually and build their identities as thoughtful, caring practitioners and rigorous and questioning scholars.

About the Award

Established in 1992 in honor of Dr. Ian Hart, founder of CAME, this award recognizes senior faculty who have made an exceptional contribution to medical education throughout their academic career.