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Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars spend time at the Centre to work and collaborate with Centre Faculty and Members. The Centre for Medical Education offers the opportunity to colleagues in other parts of the world to visit the Centre and work on specific projects with its members.

Current Visiting Scholars:

Dr. Michael Saraga, psychiatrist from Lausanne University Hospital.

His research and teaching activities have focused on psychopathology, with an emphasis on diagnostic processes and their ‘non-medical’ determinants.  In coming to McGill, he is interested in developing an epistemological framework of clinical work and clinical competence. His specific aims are to craft a curricular model that will harness the humanities and social sciences in the service of teaching clinical activity as well as professional identity formation.

Dr. Renato Dos Santos Antunes, a psychiatrist from the Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil.

His research project is entitled: ‘The impact of partnership between the national commission of medical residents and the medical specialities association of Brazil: A Critical Analysis of the Neurosurgery Experience’. He aims to compare the differences and similarities of Brazilian and Canadian standards related to the planning, distribution and assessment of residents.

Past Visiting Scholars:


Dr. Hamish Wilson is a general practitioner and senior lecturer at the University of Otago in New Zealand. His main interest while visitng McGill was in whole person care.

Dr. Takuya Saiki, from The Medical Education Development Center at Gifu University in Japan. His two interests during his visit to McGill were describing a teaching competency/outcome for medical educators and its usage and exploring the cultural difference in small group learning among medical students.

Dr. Lynley Anderson, senior lecturer and professional development convenor for medical students at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Dr. Iêda Aleluia, assistant professor and coordinator-medical Semiology at the Bahia School of Medicine and Public Health in Brazil. She visited the centre to learn the protocol of research in medical education, how thea research program works, to examin the structure and organization, and to learn about Faculty Development.


Dr. Outi Kortekangas-Savolainen (pictured right), is Clinical Instructor and Senior Consultant in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Turku in Finland. She has a variety of interests, including clinical evaluation, residency education and continuing education.

Dr. Riva Brik is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Department of Pediatrics B and Pediatric Rheumatology Unit at Meyer Children's Hospital of Haifa in Israel. The focus of her sabbatical will be to gather information so that she may build a program for post medical education and continuing medical education at her home medical centre.

Dr. Barbara Horney (pictured right), is Associate professor of Clinical Pathology in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island and she is interested in professionalism.


Dr. Peter Cantillon, a family doctor from Ireland, visited the Centre for a period of six months. He is a Senior Lecturer in general practice and Director of Master of Medical Science at the National University of Ireland, in Galway.