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Lieff honoured for outstanding contribution to faculty development

Toronto, March 1, 2012

By Annie Williams

Susan Lieff
Susan Lieff
TORONTO, Ont., Mar. 1, 2012-- Dr. Susan Lieff has received the 2012 Associations of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Award for Outstanding Contribution to Faculty Development in Canada.

The award has been presented annually since 2001 to an individual who has made a broad impact with their faculty development program. Dr. Lieff is director of academic leadership development at the Centre for Faculty Development at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.

Q. How have you contributed to the field of faculty development?

A. My scholarship and research is in faculty development programming for educators. I focus on how development programs are designed and how they can be evaluated. I have been involved in the field in a number of positions. I recently stepped down as the director of the Education Scholars Program (a leadership development program for educators of health professional students), which I created and have been running since 2004. I am also the incoming director of the Canadian Leadership Institute in Medical Education offered by the Canadian Association for Medical Education. Additionally, I just stepped down as director of the Master Educator Certificate Program for the Association of Academic Psychiatry, which is an international organization.

Q. Why is this award important to you?

A. It shows recognition from my peers from across Canada. We certainly think the Centre for Faculty Development is special and winning this award validated that feeling. All my work has been done collaboratively and I am also proud to share this award with my colleagues.

Q. What are you doing next?

A. We are in the process of conducting a needs assessment and creating an advisory group for the academic leadership program supported by the Centre for Faculty Development. This is for people who are involved in or aspire to leadership roles in education, research or academic program development.

About St. Michael’s Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in more than 23 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, and care of the homeless are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Center, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.