By Matthew Brett

There are moments of joy and celebration in these difficult times, and this is certainly one of those moments. There is very good reason to recognize three Faculty members for their outstanding contributions to medical education.

Drs. Ilana Bank, Fraser Moore and Geoffroy Noel, three members of the Institute of Health Sciences Education, recently received the 2020 Canadian Association of Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit.

The Certificate recognizes and rewards faculty members from across Canadian medical schools who are committed to medical education.

These deserving colleagues were to be honoured during the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME), which is now partially taking place though asynchronous delivery of virtual panels and events under the timely theme of, “weaving humanism into the fabric of medical education.” All original plenaries will be recorded and available from May 15 to August 14, 2020.

The Institute looks forward to recognizing this dynamic trio during a members’ meeting on June 4.


Harnessing the Power of Simulation:

Dr. Ilana Bank
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Attending staff, Montreal Children’s Hospital
Associate Member, Institute of Health Sciences Education
Director, Montreal Children’s Hospital Institute for Pediatric Simulation
Dr. Bank has developed a reputation for her skill in simulation-based education and her ability to mobilize a broad range of individuals to design, implement, and participate in innovative large-scale simulation training programs.

She has designed disaster simulations that engage entire hospital and municipal disaster response teams. She has tested hospital functioning for patient safety issues by simulating complex multi-trauma patient response from arrival to disposition. And she has managed to translate findings from these and other simulations into formal academic submissions, policy development and refinement, and local culture change around simulation-based education.

“To receive this recognition during the pandemic, when I feel my work has a particular salience, is extremely humbling,” Dr. Bank said. “I believe in the essential role of simulation training and in putting the lessons learned into practice.”

Dr. Bank is also the pediatric director of subspecialty education and chair of the sub-committee on multiple mini interviews for medical admissions at McGill University.


Making Neurology Understandable:

Dr. Fraser Moore
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Associate Member, Institute of Health Sciences Education
Dr. Moore is the Leader of Block J (“Human Behaviour”) in the McGill Medical School curriculum and the Program Director for the McGill Adult Neurology residency program.

His current education and research interests include the teaching of medical students and residents, particularly as it relates to the neurological exam and electrophysiology, and curriculum design for neurology education in medical school.

“My interest in evidence-based medical education has continued to grow over time,” said Dr. Moore. “The Institute of Health Sciences Education at McGill has been invaluable in stimulating ideas and providing critical feedback. As neurologists, we should always be looking for better ways to help students understand and appreciate Neurology.”

Dr. Moore has published the results of his work in medical education research in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Perspectives on Medical Education and Neurology.

He has been named the McGill Neurology teacher of the year on three occasions and in 2017 was the recipient of the prestigious Osler teaching award from the graduating medical school class.

Innovation in the Anatomy Lab:
Dr. Geoffroy Noël

Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Director, Anatomical Sciences Division
Associate Member, Institute for Health Sciences Education
Dr. Noël’s most recent educational innovations include the deployment of augmented reality (AR) technology in the anatomy lab. This fascinating AR platform is intended to improve the quality of training for surgeons, dentists and other health professionals, and the early results are promising.

“We have only begun to scratch the surface of the benefits, limitations and concerns of new technologies in health sciences education training,” Dr. Noël said. “This is sensitive terrain but also incredibly rewarding for our learners.”

If this AR project were not enough, Dr. Noël created and studied the benefits of innovative teaching tools to help students build better mental maps of anatomy, including a low-fidelity T-shirt model of the peritoneal cavity that he published in Anatomical Sciences Education journal, as well as a 3D printed model for rhinoplasty approaches, under review. Dr. Noël also developed 3D printed models of various anatomical regions and researched their value on near-peer teaching of bedside ultrasound in undergraduate medical programs.

He is co-leading a study on the impact of the internationalization of medical education with Columbia University, Kyoto University, National University of Taiwan, Helsinki University and King’s College London, which was accepted in the journal, Medical Science Educator.

On behalf of the Institute, we would like to not only congratulate you for your excellence in medical education – we would also like to commend you for being kind and generous colleagues and friends. Santé!



April 21 2020