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Northern Constellations 2017

Meet our Plenary Speakers for Northern Constellations 2017!

Plenary Pics NC2017(2)Dr. Arno Kumagai is currently Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and holds the FM Hill Chair for Humanism Education at Women’s College Hospital. He recently moved from the University of Michigan where he was founding director of the Family Centered Experience, a unique small group-based program that engages individuals and their stories of chronic illness to teach medical students patient-centered care. Arno received his B.A. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley and his M.D. from UCLA School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and an Endocrine fellowship and postdoc at UCLA. Arno’s research and educational interests include use of narratives in medical education, transformative learning, faculty development, critical pedagogy, and multicultural education. Arno is married to Eleni Dimaraki. They have a very energetic 7-year-old son, Apollo Akira, and a chocolate labradoodle, Cosmo.

Judy McKimm is currently Director of Strategic Educational Development and Professor of Medical Education at Swansea University Medical School in Wales. From 2011-2014, she was Dean of Medical Education at Swansea. Judy initially trained as a nurse and has an academic background in social and health sciences, education and management. She has worked on over sixty international health workforce and education reform projects for the World Bank and WHO in Central Asia, Portugal, Greece, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Australia and the Pacific.   She writes and publishes widely on medical education and leadership and runs health professions’ leadership and education courses internationally.

Dr. Jeff Turnbull is currently Chief, Clinical Quality for Health Quality Ontario and Chief of Staff at the Ottawa Hospital. In addition to a Masters Degree in Education, he received his Doctorate in Medicine and later achieved specialty certification in Internal Medicine. Jeff has pursued an interest in poverty and its effect on health nationally and internationally. He is one of the founders and currently the Medical Director of Ottawa Inner City Health for the homeless which works to improve the health and access to health care for people who are chronically homeless. He has been involved in education and health services initiatives to enhance community and institutional capacity and sustainable development in Bangladesh, Africa and the Balkans. 

Northern Constellations 2017 Call for Workshops 

Deadline for submissions: December 4, 2016

Northern Constellations 2017 is designed to assist and further develop NOSM faculty for their varied roles and responsibilities. The conference schedule includes three plenary presentations, along with two 90-minute concurrent session blocks on Friday afternoon and an additional two 90-minute concurrent session blocks on Saturday morning. Workshops and innovative presentations will be interactive in order to give conference participants the opportunity to share experiences and further develop specific skills. During the concurrent session blocks, multiple workshops and short innovative presentations will be offered in each time slot allowing conference attendees to select topics most relevant to their individual learning needs.

Conference workshops and presentations will cover four themes:


Health, wellness and resiliency

- Self-care/care of others

- Care giver burnout/compassion fatigue

- Mindfulness/meditation/visualization

- Healing/spirituality

- Personal growth

- Journaling/narratives/reflection

- Curriculum/program development


Leadership Development

- Self-awareness/self-reflection

- Faculty engagement

- Communication/collaboration

- Quality improvement

- Conflict management/negotiation

- Leading change/System transformation

- Facilitating meetings or educational/health care teams

- Mentorship


Preceptoring and teaching

- Assessment/Feedback/Evaluation

- Educational innovations

- Small group/large group/virtual presentations

- Competency-based medical education

- Simulation

- Educational technology/resources

- Professionalism/unprofessional behavior


Scholarship and research

- Research collaborations

- Funding/grant opportunities

- Research proposals/ethics

- Research methods/analysis/interpretation

- Writing/presenting/publishing

- Faculty promotion


Workshop Proposal

Workshops will be 90-minutes in length. Submissions including a NOSM faculty member preferred.  Collaborations between faculty in multiple disciplines or divisions are encouraged.   Ensure your workshop proposal includes time for faculty to share their experiences and challenges.   

Click here to complete the workshop submission form

Educational Innovations Proposal

New to Northern Constellations 2017 is a forum to high light and support the development of NOSM educational innovations. Each presenter will be allocated ten minutes to show case their innovation along with five minutes for peer questions and discussion. Join us and share your creativity and educational experimentation!   

Click here to complete the educational innovations submission form


Based on the overwhelming response last year, we anticipate that we will be unable to accommodate all workshop submissions due to venue space limitations. Thus, ensure you submit your workshop proposal by December 4, 2016, as late submissions will not be considered.


Helpful Tools for Presenters:

- 12 Tips for Conducting Effective Workshops

- Managing Conflict of Interest and Transparency to Learners

- Quick Tips for Writing Learning Objectives


If you have questions about your submission, feel free to contact us:


James Goertzen

Assistant Dean, CEPD                      


CEPD Office

1-800-461-8777 ext. 7464



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