Meet the 8 inaugural recipients of the Certified Professional in CPD
(Health Care) designation, Canada’s new CPD credential!
Meet the 8 inaugural recipients of the Certified Professional in CPD
(Health Care) designation, Canada’s new CPD credential!
Craig M. Campbell, BSc, MD, FRCPC, FSACME, CPC(HC)
Dr. Campbell is a specialist in Internal Medicine, Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director, Curriculum for the MD Program in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa (U of O).
Dr. Campbell served as Director, Continuing Professional Development at the U of O from 1999 to 2002 prior to transitioning to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in March 2002. Over a period of 18 years, Dr. Campbell served in several senior leadership roles including Executive Director, Office of Professional Affairs; Director, Continuing Professional Development and laterally as Principal Senior Advisor, Competency-based Continuing Professional Development in the Office of Specialty Education. Dr. Campbell was responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification Program and served as the strategic lead for the development of a competency-based CPD model to support physician learning and practice improvement.
Dr. Campbell co-chaired the Future of Medical Education in Canada, CPD Project steering committee and co-authored the report entitled “Supporting Learning and Continuous Practice Improvement for Physicians in Canada: A New Way Forward”. Dr. Campbell served on the American Board of Medical Specialties Commission to review the ABMS Maintenance of Certification model and standards.
Dr. Campbell is a founding member of the International Academy for CPD Accreditation, a past president and was appointed as a Fellow of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) and has served as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. Dr. Campbell is a peer reviewer for multiple journals including Medical Education and Medical Teacher.
Dr. Campbell has authored or co-authored over 60 peer reviewed publications including several scoping and systematic reviews. His research interests have focused on developing and implementing tools and strategies to promote self-directed learning, and the use of practice data and feedback to enhance competence and performance of individual physicians, groups or health care teams.
Susan Rock MEd CMP CPC(HC)
Susan Garnet Rock earned her Master of Education – Education of Health Professionals degree at the University of Toronto, and her Certified Management Professional (CMP) designation from the Canadian College for Leadership & Management. She was the CPD Manager at the College of Family Physicians of Canada and next spent many years in her position as Director, Continuing and Professional Development in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She served as the Director of Continuing Education and Collaborative Mentoring Networks at the Ontario College of Family Physicians followed, by her role as Director, Continuing Professional Development. Her most recent position was as the Director of Professional Development at the Canadian Society of Club Managers.
Over the course of Susan’s career, she was passionate and instrumental in advancing CPD for Canadian physicians. Known for her passion, creativity, and innovation, she excelled at relationship building and building teams through her strong vision in medical education. Susan created opportunities to partner CPD allies in setting program standards, CPD program design and delivery, research, and evaluation. Susan was an advocate for continuing education and life-long learning in all forms. She actively encouraged her team members to pursue additional credentials and certifications, helping to shape the careers of those new to the field of CPD. As one of the founders of the long running “CPD in the City”, which took place prior to the National CPD Accreditation Conference for many years, Susan leveraged her knowledge and passion to bring CPD innovators together and was a pioneer in CPD administrative leadership in Canada.
Susan was a humble, deceptively funny, energetic, and caring person who was also a fervent proponent of continuing education. A lifelong learner herself, Susan was energized by participating in the successes of others. An active mentor, Susan treated every opportunity as a chance to share knowledge, but more importantly as the beginning of a friendship.
Heather Dow CAE, CPhT, CPC(HC)
Heather Dow brings over 25 years of leadership to the management of charitable and not-for-profit organizations. She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), a professional designation in not-for-profit leadership earned in 2015 and holds the title of Executive Director/CEO for the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (CAPM&R); Canadian Association of Pathologists-Association canadiennes des pathologistes (CAP-ACP); the Canadian Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Association (CSCI-RA), Canadian Advances in Neuro-Orthopedics for Spasticity Consortium (CANOSC) and the Canadian Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (CSGNA). She is also the Senior Manager at Events & Management Plus Inc. in Kingston, ON
Driven by her passion for lifelong learning and continuing education, Heather serves as CPD/CME Accreditation Manager for the CAPM&R, CAP-ACP, and CANP. She manages the certification of Pathologists Assistants in Canada (CCCPA), Electromyography (EMG) Exams and serves as Canada’s pathology representative to the International Liaison for Pathology Presidents (ILPP), and to the International Pathology Council (IPC).
Heather also specializes in association governance and provides significant organizational and governance support to Hereditary Angioedema Canada (HAEC). She also volunteers on several national committees including Vice Chair of the CEO Roundtable of Canadian National Medical Organizations, member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPSC) Rapid Response Team – CPD, and the RCPSC National Specialty Summit Committee for the National Accreditation Conference.
Heather has contributed to several published peer-reviewed journal articles in both physical medicine and rehabilitation and pathology specialties and is the Content Manager of the Canadian Journal of Pathology (CJP). In addition to her primary job functions, she served as the project lead for University of Toronto’s “100 Years Since the Discovery of Insulin” Scientific Symposium.
Jennifer Gordon MEd, CAE, CPC(HC)
Jennifer’s journey in CPD began in 2007 when she was hired into the CPD Department at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. After completing her MEd, with a focus in adult learning, she knew that CPD was a natural fit. The principles of CPD and adult learning anchor her; they guide her in how she thinks about needs assessment, learning design, development, delivery, and evaluation with a lens to continuous quality improvement.
Jennifer spent over a decade at the Royal College where she led or contributed to several significant initiatives. These include the development of the National standard for support of accredited CPD activities, the joint RC/Committee on Accreditation on CME (CACME) provider standards, the launch of the CPD Educators program and the International Academy for CPD Accreditation, and the creation of substantive equivalency agreements between global CPD systems and the Royal College International CPD system implementation in Qatar.
Since joining the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), Jennifer has contributed as an educational advisor and led their digital learning strategy. She is currently in the role of Director, Safe Medical Care Learning, and is accountable for leading the team that develops and delivers learning activities to the CMPA’s over 100,000 members.
Milan Gupta MD, FRCPC, FCCS, CPC(HC)
Dr. Milan Gupta is a cardiologist who has run a busy clinical practice in Brampton, Ontario for more than twenty years (www.oslercardiology.com). He is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and received his MD from the University of Toronto, where he then completed residency in internal medicine and fellowship in adult cardiology. Dr. Gupta is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is actively engaged in clinical research, medical education, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He serves on numerous professional advisory boards and guidelines writing committees.
Dr. Gupta is the medical director of the Canadian Collaborative Research Network, a leading physician organization (www.ccrnmd.com), and a past executive member of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. He is co-founder and past chair of the Greater Toronto Area Community Cardiologists (GTACC) and past board member of CorHealth Ontario. He also chairs the Board of Directors of SANSAR (www.sansar.org), a national charitable organization whose mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in South Asians. Dr. Gupta lectures globally, with a specific interest in developing innovative medical education initiatives. His research interests include ethnicity and heart disease, emerging risk factors in vascular disease, heart failure, and prevention. He is a recipient of the Dr. Harold Segal Award of Merit from the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and the Colin Woolf Award for Excellence in Course Coordination from the University of Toronto. In 2020, Dr. Gupta wrote his first novel, The Mariner’s Grandson.
Alan Kaplan MD CCFP(EM), FCFP, CPC(HC)
Dr. Alan Kaplan is a family physician practicing in York Region, Ontario. He serves as the Medical Director of regional Pulmonary Rehabilitation clinics, as a community-based pain consultant, and as a hospitalist at the Brampton Civic Hospital. He is a noted CPD educator and recognized leader in respiratory medicine in family medicine.
Dr Kaplan is the Chair of the Family Physician Airways Group of Canada (www.fpagc.com) and is a noted educator. He is the past Chair of the Respiratory Medicine community of practice at the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is a Senate member of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group and was President of their fifth biennial meeting in Toronto in 2010. He is an Honorary Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine of the Observational and Pragmatic Research Institute, Singapore. He also serves as the Vice President, Respiratory Effectiveness Group.
Dr Kaplan serves as numerous guideline panels, including Canadian Consensus Guidelines for H pylori, Asthma, COPD and Sinusitis. He is a member of the Health Canada Section on Allergy and Respiratory Therapies and serves on Health Quality Ontario’s Community management standards committees for both COPD and asthma. He is a Board member of Thrombosis Canada and the international editor for Nature’s Primary Care Respiratory Journal. Dr Kaplan is the author of 137 peer reviewed articles and over 100 conference abstracts.
Suzan Schneeweiss MD, FRCPC, MEd, CPC(HC)
Dr Suzan Schneeweiss is a Professor of Paediatrics and serves as the Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (U of T). As Associate Dean of CPD, she promotes the academic mission of the largest CPD office in Canada. She is a staff physician and Director of Education for the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She is a graduate of the U of T, Faculty of Medicine and holds a Master of Health Professional Education degree from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, U of T. She has worked with local, provincial, national and international organizations over her career to enhance and support lifelong learning. As an academic program director and conference chair for a variety of CPD programs and conferences, she has acquired a broad range of experience in the complexities of program development and has been extensively involved in teaching. She is immersed at the national and international level in CPD faculty development, building capacity for the next generation of CPD leaders. She serves as Chair of the CPD Committee of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, leading the CPD Deans from across Canada.
Jeff Sisler MD MClSc CCFP FCFP CACE CPC(HC)
Dr. Jeff Sisler serves as the Executive Director, Professional Development and Practice Support at the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). He is responsible for the ways in which the CFPC supports its 40,000 members through the Mainpro+ credit system and the creation of CPD activities and practice tools, guidelines and supports.
Dr. Sisler formerly served as the Vice-Dean of the Office of Continuing Competency and Assessment in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, where he is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. He received his Master of Clinical Science in Family Medicine degree from Western University in 2002. He also holds a MD degree and Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Manitoba. He is a Fellow of the CFPC, who awarded him an Award of Excellence in 2013 for his work in cancer care in Manitoba. He led the UPCON program, a novel primary care-cancer centre continuing education and liaison program which built connection and capacity for the care of cancer patients in primary care by family physicians and nurse practitioners.
David Wiljer PhD
Dr. David Wiljer is the Executive Director of Education, Technology & Innovation at the University Health Network in Toronto ON. He is also a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Radiation Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is a past President and Fellow of the American Association of Cancer Education, and the President-Elect for the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME).
Dr. Wiljer has led research and development projects that focus on putting data and knowledge into action by utilizing health information technologies and knowledge management approaches to promote lifelong learning and better patient care. Through his work he explores the short and long-term impact of digital technologies on the patient experience, patient engagement, healthcare professional education and development. His current interests are on co-creating digital technologies to promote compassionate care, contributing to a healthier world.
Valerie Schulz MD, FRCPC, MPH, CPC(HC)
Dr. Valerie Schulz graduated from Queen’s School of Medicine, completed a Royal College Fellowship in Anesthesiology at Western University, and a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Alberta. She focused her clinical career on advancing palliative medicine, patient care options and learner education programs. In 2017, Dr. Schulz received the Royal College designation, Founder, Palliative Medicine through participation in the inaugural Palliative Medicine Specialty and Examination Committees.
Dr. Valerie Schulz is dedicated to medical education scholarship and life-long learning for practicing physicians. As the Associate Dean for Continuing Professional Development at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University in London ON she has recognized the value in guiding physicians to maintain competence in their medical practice and engage in faculty development education to best support medical learners. She also serves as a CPD Educator for the Royal College.