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OPDES Year in Review

Continuing Professional Development

  • Introduced CPD Subscription Model and On-Demand learning to increase accessibility and reach of our offerings
  • Increased capacity for the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) program from 120 learners per year to 720 for the 2020-2021 year with additional expansion forthcoming
  • Completed the Undergraduate Medical Education curriculum and modules for the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC)- Opioid Response
  • Partnered to launch the Humanity in Health Care Series
  • Insomnia Interventions Online Series was a huge success that reached 177 learners and featured an interprofessional educational team which we continue to work with for future offerings
  • As precipitated by the success of our Insomnia Interventions program and the endeavour of collaborative practice at Queen's we expanded the representation of professions on all our planning committees


Regional CPD Programs
CPD Registrations
HHC Registrations
IPC Registrations
over 1150 CPD Learners from across Canada; BC 2%, AB 2%, NT 1%, MB 1%, N ON 3%, GTA & Muskoka 11%, SW ON 4%, E ON 65%, Ottawa & Area 8%, QC 1%, E Canada 4%

Course Development

Completed projects/courses
Existing courses refreshed & reviewed
Modules edited
Decolonization & Indigenization

Decolonization & Indigenization

Decolonized & Indigenized Global & Population Health course content by including Indigenous ways of knowing.



Used storytelling to incite empathy & humanize global populations for the learner.

Short Story Vignettes

Short Story Vignettes

Used short video vignettes to encourage the learner to pause, watch, and reflect.

Auto-Graded Assignments

Auto-Graded Assignments

Created auto-graded Scenario Assessment Modules for the Infection Prevention & Control Online Course.

Educational Scholarship

photos of team members

I am very impressed with the professionalism and expertise of the OPDES Educational Scholarship team. It has been an enriching experience working with the OPDES group.

- Dr. Ramana Appireddy, Neurology

Journal publications
Successful grants/RFPs
Research reports

Collaborated and consulted with over 100 investigators

Collaborated with 8 interdisciplinary teams

Collaborated on 25 conference presentations/workshops and webinars

Provided mentorship to 35 learners within QHS

Provided mentorship for 7 unique research projects through the Fellowship in Educational Scholarship Program

Winner of the Principal’s Education Technology Award in collaboration with the School of Rehabilitation Therapy

Faculty Development

Programming shifted online due to COVID-19 and included:

  • A New Faculty Welcome webinar with accompanying On-Demand Resource Module
  • 15 Faculty Development webinars
  • Humanity in Healthcare Series delivered as a CPD/FD blend (see CPD for more details)
  • Virtual teaching observations, dossier consultations, and curriculum retreat facilitations


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Focus on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, & Indigeneity

  • Anti-Racism Summer Reading Program
  • Successful eCampus grant - Indigenous Healthcare Education and Practice: A Community Led and Community Informed Collaborative Initiative
  • Webinars:
    • Creating Inclusive Teaching and Learning Spaces
    • Inclusive Pedagogy and Practice
    • Strategies for Fostering Inclusion and Academic Spaces
    • Weaving Indigenous knowledge systems in our healthcare practice

Mentorship Program

  • Second year of the program that engaged new and returning participants
  • 28 participants from all three schools; 14 mentors and 14 mentees

It's been a pleasure meeting with my mentee. I think It's been more rewarding for me than it has been for her.

- Charles Graham, PhD, 2020-2021 Mentor

Interprofessional Education

Virtual IPE Symposium
March 26, 2021

Virtual IPE Symposium

Schools: Nursing, Rehab, Medicine
Students in attendance
Interprofessional breakout rooms

I enjoyed having the opportunity to work with different health disciplines and work through cases and also hear from professionals and how interprofessional practice works in a hospital and what that looks like. [This] allows me to be more prepared for when I go into the workforce.

- Virtual IPE Symposium Attendee

IPE ‘Hot Topic’ online lecture series

Interprofessional Care of the Critically Ill Patient

Indigenous Professional Primary Care

(In)Equity in Health Systems

Master of Health Professions Education

Program Launch

Launched program Summer 2020 with first cohort of 19 Learners

(anticipated intake was 10 learners)

Second Cohort

Coordinated admission/application process for 74 applicants

Accepted 22 learners

Interdisciplinary Faculty

Developed and designed by 15 health professionals and education experts

Diversity of experiences and expertise

Interdisciplinary Learners

1st Cohort - 10 distinct health professions

2nd Cohort – 8 distinct health professions

I would highly recommend the MHPE program at Queen’s University, especially for any health professional pursuing an academic career. This program is unique in that it embraces collaborative practice and has weaved an indigenous perspective throughout the program. Currently, there is no other program in Canada that offers this!


Most importantly, this program has helped me develop a scholarly approach to teaching in health education. It has also enhanced my skillset in educational research and curriculum design. I am now empowered with this armamentarium to lead change for innovations and enhancements in medical education.


- Wiley Chung, MD, FRCSC

Unique Program Structure among Existing Master’s Programs with a Health Professions Focus

The MHPE program fulfills a niche not currently being met in Canada, as there are no other programs available to the health education community that are both course-based and competency-based.

Health Professions Education program structure
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