Visiting Scholars

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


Current Visiting Scholars:

Dr. Nasamon (Nick) Wanlapakorn

April 1, 2023 - September 30, 2024

Dr. Nasamon is a general pediatrician, clinical instructor and researcher at the Center of Excellence in Clinical Virology, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Dr. Nasamon received her doctorate in philosophy in infection and immunity from the Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Liverpool. Since 2019, she has been a tenure track faculty member at Chulalongkorn University teaching medical students and pediatric residents both at the bedside (in-patients and OPD) and in classrooms. For the past three years, she has also served on the curriculum committee with the newly launched international medical program (CU-MEDi). Apart from teaching, she was assigned to coordinate and facilitate several workshops and trainings in the Faculty Development Program at (CU-MEDi).

Dr. Wanlapakon’s goal is to enhance her research skills in medical education and to be able to establish the sustainable and comprehensive Faculty Development Program for the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University

Past Visiting Scholars:


Stense Vestergaard is a PhD candidate from the University of Copenhagen, Department of Public Health, Section of General Practice and Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen in Denmark. The subject of her PhD is CPD for general practitioners. She interested in exploring and understanding some of the processes at play both while developing CPD and during learning – with a specific interest in the embodiment perspective. Ms Vestergaard will be visiting the IHSE from April 1 to June 30, 2022.


Dr. Stephanie Meeuwissen is a Medical Doctor from Maastricht University. Her interest is in workplace learning and leadership, specifically concepts of team learning (reaching mutual cognition), psychological safety (speaking up) and co-creation. Translating research insights into (educational and managerial) practice is a major goal. She looks forward to a future career combining patient care, research and education.


Dr. Malcom Turner, Staff Specialist at the Royal Hobart Hospital in Australia joined the Institute from from April 1 to June 21, 2019. While at McGill, Dr. Turner worked on further developing the program for Directors of Physician Education (Program Directors) through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and on developing a framework for supporting Directors of Physician Education from initial induction session to peer support networks.


Dr. Torsten Risør, family physician and the Director of medical education at the The Arctic University of Norway. While at McGill, Dr. Risør worked on a study entitled How Young Doctors Learn Decision-Making in the Context of Family Medicine in Denmark. His research themes also include: the socialization of medical students  and how experienced rural GPs manage uncertainty in daily clinical practice.


Dr. Edvin Schei, professor in the Department of Global Health and Primary Care from the University of Bergen, Norway. While at McGill, Dr. Schei worked on a study entitled The CanNorMent study: A collaborative investigation of physician-mentors’ experiences and perspectives on group-based mentorship programs at three medical schools in Norway and Canada. The purpose of this study was to understand the factors that underpin successful longevity of mentoring groups.


Dr. Michael Saraga
, psychiatrist from Lausanne University Hospital. In coming to McGill, he was interested in developing an epistemological framework of clinical work and clinical competence. His specific aims were 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 main interest while at McGill was to compare the differences and similarities of Brazilian and Canadian standards related to the planning, distribution and assessment of residents.


Dr. Hamish Wilson, 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 the research program works, to examine 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 was 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.

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