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OPDES 2021-2022 Year in Review

Richard van Wylick, MD FRCPC
Vice-Dean, Health Sciences Education
Faculty of Health Sciences
Queen's University, Kingston, ON

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great excitement that I share with you the 2021-22 Year in Review for the Office of Professional Development and Educational Scholarship.

In a year that, once again, saw much change, and many ups and downs, the OPDES Team has once again shown an incredible ability to adapt to the circumstances they face – even through multiple mid-pandemic office moves!

This report highlights for you the many accomplishments of the OPDES Team over the past year. The impact of their work is felt by the many who benefit from the various educational programs and products, and their relentless scholarly pursuit of improvements in education.

Please join me in celebrating another successful OPDES year.




Continuing Professional Development

  • Piloted the new Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) curriculum for PGME and CPD

  • Developed and launched the LLOYD (Learning Liaison On Your Demand) tool

  • Launched the On-Demand Insomnia Interventions professional development program

  • Largest certification footprint of MainPro+ programs as the the largest accreditor of CFPC programs for each of the past two years


CPD Learners from Across Canada
IPAC Online PD Course learners
ECHO Skin and Wound learners
In-Person CPD Programs
BC 6.4%, AB 2.6%, YT 0.1, NT 0.1%, SK 1.4%, MB 0.4%, ON 86.6%, QC 0.6%, NB 0.2%, NS 0.9%, NL 0.7%

Course Development

Completed projects/courses
Existing courses refreshed & reviewed
Modules edited
Racism and Health in Canada Course

Racism and Health in Canada Course

This course allows students to explore the effect that racism has had on the health of individuals and communities in Canada.

Response to the Opioid Crisis Curriculum

Response to the Opioid Crisis Curriculum

10 bilingual modules to be distributed throughout Canadian medical schools on best practices for pain management and opioid use disorder.

Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Risk

Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Risk

Foundational and applied information and activities to support learners’ development of quality, risk, and safety principles and practices within public health settings.

Plan Well Guide

Plan Well Guide

Created 15 modules for the Plan Well Guide, a program to help individuals of all ages with healthy living.

Educational Scholarship

photos of team members

I have had the great fortune to work with the OPDES educational Scholarship team at QHS. I found every conversation I had with members of their team to be intellectually enriching. They are organized, easy to work with, and highly knowledgeable.

I highly appreciate the time and opinions that they share with their partners, and I look forward to working with them again in the future.

- Mohammad Auais, School of Rehabilitation Therapy

Journal publications
Conference presentations/workshops
Research reports
Successful grants/RFPs

Collaborated and consulted with over 175 investigators, including 26 international global health researchers external to Queen’s

Collaborated with 10 interdisciplinary teams

Collaborated on 25 conference presentations/workshops and webinars

Provided mentorship to 41 learners across Queen's Health Sciences

Faculty Development

New module/resource of the month program

New module/resource of the month program

  • Flipped classroom
  • Elentra Assessment
  • Additional resources available Fall 2022
EDIIA Advanced Simulation programming

EDIIA Advanced Simulation programming

44 Simulation Educators and Learners came together on May 18, 2022 for a successful day of learning.

Program and Event Support

8 Humanity in Health Care webinars, with a total of 616 registrations

Dean’s Action Forum on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Indigeneity, & Accessibility (EDIIA), held October 1 & 2, 2021

5 Interprofessional Education (IPE) hot topics sessions

45 registrants for the Napanee Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship Faculty Development Program held March 4, 2022

Faculty Mentorship Program


As a person who is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service, mentorship provides a wonderful opportunity to help faculty members gain skills to advance their work. In turn, mentorship helps me to grow my skills as a mentor and a leader while providing me with an opportunity to foster new collaborations and discover new fields of work.

- Dr. Kim Sears, Faculty Development Mentor

Master of Health Professions Education

Through our use of both onQ and Zoom, we ensured working professionals had access to a tailored education program specifically designed for health education professionals. Online learning courses were designed and implemented by a talented group of professionals from the Course Development team.


22 learners in 2nd Cohort

Launched 2021 cohort with 22 learners

(anticipated intake was 12 learners)

71 Applications

Coordinated 2022 admission/application process for 71 applicants

Interdisciplinary Faculty

Developed and designed by 15 health professionals and education experts

Interdisciplinary Learners

Learners from 11 distinct health professions

I would highly recommend the MHPE program at Queen's University to individuals who have a passion for teaching and learning in a collaborative setting. The course content is engaging and there is ample opportunity for application of course content to practice.

- Victoria Deluca, RN


Despite the continued challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) team ensured proper support was available to both applicants and learners.


The 2021 Summer Intensive Week courses were suddenly, but successfully, shifted to an online format. Preparations are now underway for the inaugural onsite delivery of the 2022 Summer Intensives.


Support was also provided to applicants who experienced COVID-related issues with paperwork submission.

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