Special Event Highlights


Special event highlights

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 16:00

Room C1-C2A Convention Hall Level

Changing My Mind

Margaret Trudeau, Celebrated Canadian & Mental Health Advocate

Margaret Trudeau is a Canadian icon, celebrated both for her role in the public eye and as a respected mental-health issues advocate. From becoming a prime minister’s wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to living with bi-polar disorder, Margaret tirelessly shares her personal stories to remind others of the importance of nurturing the body, mind, and spirit.

Margaret is the author of four books, including her bestselling title, Changing My Mind, which charts her life’s ups and downs, and her latest title, The Time of Your Life, which offers women an inspirational and practical approach to creating a healthy, happy, secure and satisfying future.

Margaret sits on the Executive Advisory Board of the UBC Mental Health Institute as a community advocate, and she was for many years former the Honorary President of WaterAid, a charitable Canadian non-governmental agency that is dedicated to helping poor communities in developing countries build sustainable water-supply and sanitation services. She is also the proud mother to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


Canadians fell in love with Pierre Elliott Trudeau's beautiful bride when he brought her to the world stage as the youngest First Lady in the history of the country. Yet, as time went by, Margaret was unprepared for public life, and plagued by mood swings. After three sons with Pierre, the marriage ended. She then remarried and had two more children. But the tragic loss of her son, Michel, in a skiing accident and the passing of Pierre Trudeau a few years later, were too much to bear, and she became severely ill.

Today, Margaret has rebuilt her life once again. Now, she brings her formidable life story to the stage in her quest to help others, sharing her message of resilience with the goal of helping to inspire others and to erase the stigma surrounding mental health issues.


Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 17:30

Mingle and mix in the Ballroom Foyer following the J. Wendell Mcleod Opening Plenary Session for local fare, drinks, and some Halifax entertainment! The welcome reception follows the Opening Plenary session in the Convention Hall at the Halifax Convention Centre. See you there!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 08:30

Room C1-C2A Convention Hall Level

Cost, Safety, Quality: Is CBME the solution to driving Health System Transformation?

Eric S. Holmboe, MD, MACP, FRCP, FAoME(hon), Senior Vice President for Milestones Development and Evaluation

Dr. Holmboe is Senior Vice President, Milestones Development and Evaluation at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). He is also Professor Adjunct of Medicine at Yale University, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

He also served as the Associate Program Director, Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program, Director of Student Clinical Assessment, Yale School of Medicine and Assistant Director of the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program. Before joining Yale in 2000, he served as Division Chief of General Internal Medicine at the National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Holmboe retired from the US Naval Reserves in 2005.

His research interests include interventions to improve quality of care and methods in the assessment of clinical competence. His professional memberships include the American College of Physicians, where he is a Master of the College, Society of General Internal Medicine and Association of Medical Education in Europe. He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London and the Academy of Medical Educators.

Dr. Holmboe is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed his residency and chief residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University


  • Analyze the relationship between institutional context and educational outcomes
  • Discuss the role of competency-based education in improving quality and value in health systems
  • Discuss the tensions inherent in a CBME approach
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 10:00

C1-C2A, Convention Hall Level, Halifax Convention Centre

This year's Education Innovation Symposium promises to be one of the most exciting yet!

Speaker Spotlight

Leslie Nickell, MSW, MD, CCFP

Leslie Nickell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, University ofToronto,and has been a Faculty member since 1993. Throughout her career, Dr. Nickell has been involved in many aspects of medical education, in undergraduate and postgraduate domains. From 2009 to 2017, she served as the Associate Dean of Health Professions Student Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She was the Chair of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Student Affairs Committee from 2011 to 2017 and is the current Chair of the AFMC Learner Education Handover working group. Dr. Nickell is a clinical staff member at the Bridgepoint site of the Sinai Health System in Toronto. Her academic and clinical interests include medical education and transitions, the learning environment, physician/student wellness and resiliency, generalism, complexity care, caregiver well-being and supporting health care systems.

Margo Mountjoy MD, PhD, CCFP (SEM), FCFP, FACSM

Margo is an Associate Clinical Professor in Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and is the Chair of Admissions.  She is also the Director of Student & Resident Affairs and the Accreditation Lead at Waterloo Regional Campus. Margo is the Clinical and Academic Lead of the Health & Performance Centre at the University of Guelph where she has worked as a community sports medicine consultant. She holds a part time position with Athletics Canada as a member and is the national team physician for Olympic athletes that train in the region. Internationally, Margo is a member of the FINA Executive Board with the portfolio of Sports Medicine. Her area of research is in injury & illness prevention. She is also the Chair of the ASOIF Medical Group and is a member of the IOC Medical Commission Games Group and the WADA Health, Medical and Research Committee.

Kaylynn Purdy, H.BHSc

Kaylynn is a 4th year medical student at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Thunder Bay, and the  2017/2018 Canadian Federation of Medical Students Vice-President of Medical Education. She is interested in student-led medical education initiatives, flipped classrooms, social accountability, and ensuring that students have a positive voice in shaping their medical education experience.

Aliya Kassam, MD

Dr. Kassam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is also the Research Lead within the Office of Postgraduate Medical Education. A born and raised Albertan, Dr. Kassam completed her PhD at King's College London in England in 2010. Her study population of interest is that of resident physicians. She is interested in the areas of professionalism, assessment as well as transitions from medical school to residency and residency into practice. She is also passionate  about how medical education intersects with health services research. Dr. Kassam teaches graduate level courses in the Medical Education specialization and runs a Medical Education journal club. In her spare time, Dr. Kassam enjoys cooking, writing poetry, yoga and travelling with her baby daughter, 5-year-old son and her husband.

Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 10:00

Room 503 Ballroom Level

WCWC White Coat Warm hART Exhibit 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 12:00

Room A2-A3, Argyle Level and Atrium

Promoting Wellness among Learners: From Damage Control to Upstream Approaches


Medicine has always been demanding both during training and in practice. The volume of knowledge and skills to be acquired in a complex professional setting, combined to the emotional demands of working with ill people, can prove to be a significant burden and source of distress for many medical students and residents. Academic success, professional progress and personal development require good mental and physical health. Medical training and practice are demanding undertakings that bring trainees under significant stress, which can be normal, but can also lead to distress/burnout. For many trainees, the transition into medical education comes at the age where mental illness often presents. Additional individual factors, such as ethnic, gender, sexual, religious and political diversity, past experiences of conflict, violence or trauma, as well as resilience have implications for mental health during under and postgraduate medical education. Medical Faculties are becoming increasingly conscious of the role of the “hidden curriculum” as a catalyst for stress in medical learning. Among medical learners across the country, it is often felt that the best or even the only way to survive and succeed amidst the intense academic pressure is to give up all other activities that compete with academics for time—even those activities of great personal importance. Such decisions made in the interest of short-term survival frequently lead to longer-term sacrifices in healthy living, as habits developed in the formative years of medical school are carried into post-graduate training and, ultimately, one’s profession.


  • To explore the issues underpinning the stresses on learners in medicine and solutions to the increasing concerns about student and resident wellness
  • To describe best practices in providing support to learners
  • To address the cultural and population differences in dealing with wellness and interpreting it from differing perspectives
  • To nurture a safe learning environment for all learners by addressing systemic issues
  • To recognize the factors leading to burnout among learners and examine solutions to prevent it


Dr. Sarita Verma, VP Education, AFMC


Dr. Melanie Bechard PGY 3 Resident, President, RESIDENT DOCTORS OF CANADA




Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 13:00

Ballroom B3 Ballroom Level

Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 15:00

Room C1-C2A Convention Hall Level

Introduce participants to the concept of sociomateriality

  • Propose sociomateriality as a powerful way to help medical educators grapple with complex challenges in medical education research
  • Explore concrete examples of how researchers have worked with sociomateriality in a variety of medical education contexts
  • Engage participants in an interactive exploration of how sociomaterial approaches might help them to reconsider their own challenges and interests

Rola Ajjawi PhD, Senior Research Fellow
Mark Goldszmidt MD PhD, Research Scientist and Associate Director, Centre for Education Research & Innovation
Anna MacLeod PhD, Education Research Scientist and Director, Medical Education Research
Angus McMurtry PhD, Associate Professor

Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 18:00

Many medical schools and medical societies host receptions for their Alumni and friends who attend CCME.
Check back for details. They will all be announced soon.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 10:30

Room C1-C2A Convention Hall Level

CBME: Are we getting any closer to the promised land?

Jonathan Sherbino, MD MEd FRCPC FAcadMEd
Dr. Sherbino is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine, McMaster University. He is the chair of the Specialty Committee for Emergency Medicine, Royal College of Physicians &Surgeons of Canada. Jonathan is a Clinician Educator, co-editing the CanMEDS 2015 Framework and co-hosting the Key Literature in Medical Education podcast among other projects. He is on the editorial board of several journals, and is the editor-in-chief of the International Clinician Educators blog. Jonathan is the Assistant Dean, Education Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University.  His own research focuses on clinical decision-making.

Pim Teunissen, MD, PhD
Professor of workplace learning in healthcare at the Faculty of Health Medicine & Life Sciences, Maastricht University, and Gynecologist, department of Obstetrics & gynecology, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, both in the Netherlands Pim Teunissen, MD, PhD, combines a career as a clinician with research in medical education. He is a maternal-fetal-medicine specialist at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. He combines this with a position as professor of workplace learning in healthcare at the School of Health Professions Education (SHE) at Maastricht University. Dr. Teunissen uses his clinical experience to inform his research and vice versa. In his research, he focuses on how education supports learning from work. He does this by connecting concepts and methodologies from different scientific disciplines to pertinent issues within healthcare education. His research activities span the continuum from medical students to new consultants in a variety of specialties and he has published more than 75 scientific articles and book chapters related to workplace learning in healthcare


  • Contrast and compare viewpoints on CBME implementation
  • Identify strategies to overcome perceived and actual barriers
  • Discuss how best to move the Canadian CBME agenda forward
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 15:00

Room C1-C2A, Convention Hall Level, Halifax Convention Centre

Facing Canada’s Mental Health Crisis through a Systems, a Patient and a Physician Lens


Participants in this session will:
1. Learn about Canada’s mental health situation- facts and realties;
2. Explore patient perspectives on how to teach and assess a person in crisis;
3. Discuss ways to integrate mental health into all levels of medical education;
4. Learn about addressing psychiatrist workforce supply to meet the needs of Canadians.


In any given year, one in five people in Canada experiences a mental health problem or illness and it affects almost everyone in some way.

  • More than 6.7 million people in Canada are living with a mental health problem or illness today. By comparison 2.2 million people in Canada have type 2 diabetes.
  • Mental health problems and illnesses hit early in people’s lives. More than 28% of people aged 20-29 experience a mental illness in a given year. By the time people reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 people in Canada will have had or have a mental illness.
  • If we include families and caregivers, mental health problems and illnesses impact almost everyone in some way.
  • The economic cost to Canada is at least $50 billion per year. This represents 2.8% of Canada’s 2011 gross domestic product.
  • Health care, social services and income support costs make up the biggest proportion of these costs. But it also cost business more than $6 billion in lost productivity (from absenteeism, presenteeism and turnover) in 2011.
  • Over the next 30 years the total cost to the economy will have added up to more than 2.5 trillion.

Dr. Margaret Steele HBSc, MD, FRCPC, MEd, DFCPA, CCPE

Louise Bradley President and Chief Executive Officer
Stephanie Reidy
Dr. Maria Alexiadis
Dr. Pamela Forsythe

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 18:00

Ticket price $100

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at PIER21: step into the past and experience what it was like for newcomers immigrating to Canada through Pier 21. Browse through the displays on a self-guided tour, join us for dinner and kick up your heals to dance the night away on April 30 in Halifax.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 10:30

Room C1-C2A Convention Hall Level

Rx for Change: Goals, Champions and a Tincture of Time

Dr. Ian Bowmer

Dr. Ian Bowmer has been the Executive Director of the Medical Council of Canada for ten years. An internist, infectious disease specialist and HIV researcher and care provider, he is the former Dean of Medicine and Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University NL. The Medical Council of Canada has as its vision to “strive for the highest level of medical care for Canadians through excellence in the evaluation of physicians”. As part of this work we source-verify all physician credentials for the thirteen medical regulatory authorities in Canada, provide a common application for medical registration of physicians and administer knowledge and clinical ability assessments for all (domestic and international) physicians wishing to enter practice in Canada. The Medical Council provides pre-immigration assessment of physician credentials for IRCC and a knowledge assessment of physicians wishing to practice in Canada that can be taken in 80 countries and over 500 sites around the world.


  • Through a series of narratives participants will be able to identify critical steps in organizational and personal change.
  • The participants will be able to list up to five common mistakes and
  • Identify three critical change agents