I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Elene Khalil, MDCM, FRCPC Pediatrics, FAAP, Founder Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, as the new MUHC Director of Education. In this role, Dr. Khalil will report to me and the Director of Professional Services Dr. Ewa Sidorowicz will continue to be closely involved until a permanent President and Executive Director is nominated.
As the Director of Education, Dr. Khalil will promote a positive learning environment for students in all disciplines who come for training (medical, nursing, allied professions) at the MUHC (adult and pediatric). She will also contribute to the quality and safety of patient care and services by providing educational and training activities, and she will ensure that the curriculum and student training programs are developed in a continuum that meets the needs of learners, teams and the organization.
Dr. Khalil brings much expertise to this position. Just three years after being hired by the Montreal Children’s Hospital she was asked to run the residency training program in pediatric emergency, which at the time was still not fully developed. During her five and a half years as residency program director, she also presided over two Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) accreditation visits, both of which received excellent ratings. In addition, Dr. Khalil developed the residency program curriculum, when none existed, and wrote rotation specific objectives for all rotations of the residency program. And in the absence of any formal evaluation process, she developed an examination for Pediatric Emergency Medicine residents. This involved the MCH and Ste-Justine Hospital.
Due to this experience, Dr. Khalil understands the importance of attention to intricate detail when developing relationships with other academic centers. She also excels at the development of new and innovative programs. For example, Dr. Khalil spearheaded a robust simulation-based interprofessional training and maintenance of competence program in Emergency Preparedness at the MCH and she shares her significant experience in full-scale disaster simulation with the scientific community on a regular basis.
Finally, in the current context of increasing medical knowledge and case complexity, Dr. Khalil appreciates the importance of team based care, where each expert’s contribution is an integral part of the whole patient experience. In this vein, she is clear on her overarching teaching philosophy: a team that plays together, practices together. And she believes the best strategies to practice together are interactive, innovative and interprofessional.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Khalil to the position of MUHC Director of Education. We look forward to the impact she will have on education at the MUHC.
Interim President and Executive Director
December 20, 2017