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Dr. Karen (Pinky) Schultz appointed as Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education, School of Medicine

Dr. Karen (Pinky) Schultz appointed as Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education, School of Medicine

On the recommendation of Dean Jane Philpott, Mark Green, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University, has appointed Dr. Karen (Pinky) Schultz as Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education, School of Medicine. This appointment is effective November 1, 2020, for a five-year term.

Dr. Philpott would like to recognize Dr. Ross Walker’s service as Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education. In that role, Dr. Walker’s vision and guidance led to many incredible innovations and successes in Postgraduate Medical Education at Queen’s.

Dr. Schultz earned her BSc from Dalhousie University, graduating with the Governor General’s Gold Medal for the top graduating student in her class. She is a proud Queen’s alumna having earned her MD from Queen’s University, where she also completed her residency in Family Medicine.

Since 1987, Dr. Schultz has been at Queen’s University in the Department of Family Medicine. She has held a series of positions, including Curriculum Director and Program Director for the Family Medicine residency program. She is currently the Department’s Assessment Director, and co-chairs the Hidden Curriculum Working Group. At the national level, Dr. Schultz has held numerous roles with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and currently serves as chair of the Certification Process and Assessment Committee.

Dr. Schultz has had a prolific career as an educator and a mentor and is widely known and recognized for her leadership in implementing Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) in the Family Medicine program. She has been the recipient of numerous awards that celebrate her work as both an administrator and an educator. While Program Director, the Queen’s Department of Family Medicine received the PARO Program of the Year Award in 2012 and 2016. In 2012, the Ontario College of Family Physicians recognized her with their Award of Excellence. And in 2015, the Canadian Association of Medical Educators (CAME) awarded her with a Certificate of Merit, in recognition of her commitment to medical education.  In 2017 Dr. Schultz was honoured to receive the CFPC’s Jim Ruderman award, a national award for leadership. She is a five-time recipient of the Clinical Instructors Award, a three-time recipient of the IMG Excellence in Clinical Teaching Recognition Award, and a two-time recipient of the Faculty of Health Sciences Education Award. She has also received the CAME Best Poster Award, the Family Medicine Residents’ Appreciation Award and was recognized by the Office of Faculty Development Professional Enhancement Recognition Program.

The focus of Dr. Schultz’s research is on medical education. Through her scholarly work, she aims to improve curriculum, assessments and learning outcomes for medical students, residents and fellows. Her recent research projects cover topics such as transforming the assessment culture, incorporating leadership development in family medicine residency and establishing curriculum learning outcomes for leadership skills development.

Dr. Schultz wishes to acknowledge the support of her husband Dr. Eric Bagnall and children Ben and Hannah who are an integral part of her life and champions for her career.

Please join the dean in congratulating Dr. Schultz on her appointment as the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education.

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