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MERLIN Team Members

Faculty

Erin Cameron, B.Ed, MA, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medical Education
MERLIN Chair

NOSM at Lakehead
ercameron@nosm.ca

Research Interests: Social accountability, rural medical education, qualitative and participatory research methods

Brian Ross, PhD, MEd
Professor of Pharmacology
Interim Associate Dean, UME

NOSM at Lakehead
brian.ross@nosm.ca

Research Interests: Social accountability, community placements, place-based education theory and practice

Roger Strasser, MBBS, BMedSc, MCISc
Professor of Rural Health
Founding Dean of NOSM

NOSM at Laurentian
roger.strasser@nosm.ca

Research Interests: Social accountability, generalism, rural health, and family medicine

James Goertzen, MD, MCISc, CCFP, FCFP
Assistant Dean, CEPD

NOSM at Lakehead
jgoertzen@nosm.ca

Research Interests: Medical education, compassionate leadership, professionalism,

Sarah McIsaac, MBBCh, MEd, FRCPC
Medical Director, Faculty Development
Assistant Professor, Clinical Sciences Division

NOSM at Laurentian
smcisaac@nosm.ca

Research Interests: Faculty development, needs assessment, and organization change management

Robert Anderson, MD, FRCPC
Program Director, Anesthesiology
Associate Professor, Clinical Sciences Division

NOSM at Laurentian
randerson@nosm.ca

Alex Anawati, BSc, MD, CCFP-EM
Global Health Coordinator
Assistant Professor, Clinical Sciences Division

NOSM at Laurentian
aanawati@nosm.ca

Research Interests: Social accountability of health institutions and health professional education programs (other than medical schools)

Paul Miron, MSc, MD, CCFP
NOSM Family Medicine Program Director
Associate Professor, Clinical Sciences Division

pmiron@nosm.ca
Research Interests: Selection, Assessments, and Program Evaluation

Marion Maar, BSc, MA, PhD
Associate Professor, Human Sciences Division

NOSM at Laurentian
mmaar@nosm.ca

Research Interests:
Cultural Safety (community based curriculum co-design, experiential learning and Indigenous pedagogy, service provider education and development, Indigenous arts in curriculum, evaluation and assessment)
-Opioid use in First Nations
-Anishnaabe cultural, language, and land based approaches

Elaine Hogard, BA (hons), MSc, MEd, PhD
Professor of Program Evaluation in the Human Sciences Division
Director of UME Assessment

NOSM at Lakehead
ehogard@nosm.ca

Elizabeth Wenghofer, BSc, MSc, PhD
Professor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences

NOSM at Laurentian
ewenghofer@laurentian.ca

Research interests include areas of physician performance, medical regulation, continuing professional development, rural physicians and program evaluation

Scholars

Jeff Bachiu
UME Administrative Manager, Curriculum and Planning
NOSM at Laurentian

jbachiu@nosm.ca

Jennifer Fawcett
Senior Director, Postgraduate Education
NOSM at Lakehead

jennifer.fawcett@nosm.ca

John Friesen
Director, UME Education
NOSM at Lakehead

john.friesen@nosm.ca

John Dabous
Instructional Designer
NOSM at Laurentian

jdabous@nosm.ca

John Hogenbirk, PhD
Family Medicine Research Tutor
NOSM at Laurentian

john.hogenbirk@nosm.ca

Christina Tremblay
Assistant Instructional Designer
NOSM at Laurentian

christina.tremblay@nosm.ca

Clare Cook, PhD
CEPD Research Coordinator
NOSM at Lakehead

ccook@nosm.ca

Ghislaine Pilot-Attema
Research Coordinator
NOSM at Lakehead

gpilotattema@nosm.ca

Sophie Regalado, MISt, MA
Research & Scholarly Communications Librarian
NOSM at Lakehead

sregalado@nosm.ca

Staff

 

 

Kirstie Taylor
MERLIN Research Intern

Kirstie Taylor is a Research Assistant Intern at NOSM in the Rural Medical Education research group. She holds a Master’s Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Community Psychology, as well as a BA in Psychology from Cape Breton University. She originates from the East Coast of Canada and grew up in a rural area, sparking her interest in a rural area of study. Her other research interests include LGBTQ+ health and wellbeing, and she has a vested interest in community-based and socially accountable research. When not doing research, Kirstie likes to spend time at her sewing machine, analyzing pop culture media for fun, or writing her own creative fiction.

 

 

Holly Fleming
MERLIN Research Assistant

Holly Fleming is a MERLIN research assistant. She is currently on the tail end of doing a Masters of Environmental Studies in Northern Environments and Cultures where she is working on a project that looks at mapping the story aspect of indigenous knowledge. She holds an undergraduate degree in archaeology with a minor in Russian which she completed at University of Calgary, University of Helsinki and Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is passionate about understanding place and community as it relates to medical education and looks forward to developing this passion through her work with the MERLIN team at NOSM. Outside of research she is an avid cross country skier, hiker, backpacker, runner, biker, kayaker and climber and loves to push her limits in all outdoor activities.

 

 

Brianne Wood
MERLIN Postdoctoral Fellow

Brianne Wood is a postdoctoral fellow with MERLIN at NOSM whose research interests include person- and community-centered research methods and system design, and learning health systems. She recently completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa, and has worked as an epidemiologist in healthcare and public health sectors in Northwestern Ontario since 2015. She is excited to mobilize medical education research by helping to incorporate community and health system voices into the research process. When not in front of a computer, Brianne loves to adventure outside (bike, ski, paddle, …).

 

 

Sophia Myles
MERLIN Postdoctoral Fellow

Sophia Myles is a postdoctoral fellow with MERLIN at NOSM. She recently completed her PhD in Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University. Her research interests include physician scope of practice, medical education, medical regulation, and primary health care in rural communities. She has collaborated with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada on the Future of Medical Education in Canada – CPD project, as well as with the Royal College’s Health Policy and Practice Committee, and developed recommendations related to the relevance, educational design, integration, and evaluation of a “scope of practice” tool within the Royal College’s MAINPORT ePortfolio. She looks forward to advancing research at NOSM related to social accountability in medical education. Outside of research, Sophie is an avid sports fan. When not following a number of sports, she enjoys travelling, exercising, spending time outdoors, reading, watching movies, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.

 

 

Brenton Button
MERLIN Postdoctoral Fellow

Brenton Button is a postdoctoral fellow with MERLIN at NOSM. He was born and raised in rural Northern Ontario. He completed his undergraduate and Bachelor of Education at Lakehead and his Ph.D. in Health Geography at the University of Western Ontario. During his Ph.D., he examined the environmental impact on rural children’s health and well-being. His current research focuses on examining educational strategies that effectively prepare students for rural careers.
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Medical Students

 

 

Chandelle Mensour

Chandelle Mensour is a medical student at NOSM who just completed her second year on the East Campus. Prior to medical school, she completed her BSc in Biomedical Biology at Laurentian University. She hopes to stay here and practice medicine in Sudbury and its surrounding smaller communities. This summer, Chandelle will be working as a student researcher at MERLIN and hopes to learn more about social accountability in Northern Ontario. In her free time, Chandelle enjoys spending time outdoors, doing activities such as hiking and snowshoeing. She is currently interested in pursuing family medicine with an interest in women’s health, or a specialization in obstetrics/gynecology.

 

 

Emily Booth

Emily Booth is a medical student at NOSM, who has just completed her second year. She will be acting as a MERLIN student researcher over the course of the summer, eager to learn more about healthcare in rural communities. Emily holds a Master of Public Health from Queen’s University where she completed a practicum placement in Indigenous Engagement focused on cultural competency enhancement. She completed her undergraduate degree in Health Promotion at Laurentian University. Emily was born and raised in Sudbury, and enjoys spending time outside hiking, fishing and downhill skiing.

 


 

Hannah Mikhail

My name is Hannah and I just finished my second year of medical school at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Sudbury campus. I have lived in Huntsville for the majority of my life and absolutely love it there. I completed my Undergraduate Degree in Life Sciences at Queen’s University and gained one year of experience in a Master of Public Health program at Queen’s University, before my acceptance to medical school. My current research interests are medical education and projects focusing on health equity. In my free time I enjoy being outside, swimming, painting and reading!

 

 

Sadie Barnett

Sadie Barnett is a medical student at NOSM. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Lakehead University and a BA in Kinesiology from Western University. Her research interests include rural health education and community-based research to address health inequities experienced in rural and northern populations. She is passionate about advocating for healthy public policy through a social justice lens to achieve health equity.

 

 

Sébastien Labelle

Sébastien Labelle is a first-year medical student at NOSM on the West campus. He was born and raised in Timmins, Ontario. He completed an undergraduate degree in biomedical science at the University of Ottawa. Sébastien is a proud Franco-Ontarian who will be undertaking a research project in the area of Francophone Health Curriculum at NOSM. In his free time, Sébastien loves to cook and bake, spend time outside fishing, hiking, and playing tennis.

 

 

Sophie Thomas

My name is Sophie Thomas and I am a medical student at NOSM and researcher with MERLIN. I completed my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Queen’s University where I completed a thesis project examining individual variability in exercise tolerance. I grew up in a small town in Ontario which sparked my research interest in Generalism and Primary Care. I am looking forward to working on my MERLIN project which is part of a national study to examine Generalist curricula in pre-clerkship programs across Canada using the Toronto Generalism Assessment Tool (T-GAT). My other research interests are in the area of Emergency Medicine particularly pre-hospital and retrieval medicine, as well as wilderness medicine. Outside of research, my passion is in search and rescue where I worked for four summer with the Canadian Coast Guard marine search and rescue crews. I also enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, boating, skiing and running.

 

 

Zvia Mazal

I’m Zvia, a 3rd year medical student at NOSM. I was born and raised in Sudbury, ON. I graduated from Laurentian University in Biomedical Biology where I gained quantitative research experience in a wet lab focusing on metabolism. I also have work experience as a TA for multiple undergraduate courses and as a pharmacy assistant. Coming from a scientific background, I’m now looking to explore my other interest of poverty/social medicine. I’m currently leaning towards Emergency Medicine as a career path, but am open to learning about all areas of medicine! Outside of academics, I love to do anything that gets me active in nature- running (road and trail), hiking, skiing (xc and downhill), snowshoeing, camping, etc. During my downtime I love to read, spend time with friends and hangout with my cats.

Former Members

We are incredibly thankful for the contributions made by the following individuals during their time at MERLIN. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!

Hafsa Siddiqui

MERLIN Research Intern

Devon Lee

MERLIN Research Assistant

Jacqueline Harvey

MERLIN Medical Student

Roslyn Graham

MERLIN Medical Student

Breezy Beaudry

MERLIN Medical Student

Miranda Waugh

MERLIN Medical Student