Invited Scholar

Dr. Cynthia Whitehead

Dr. Cynthia Whitehead

Associate Professor & Vice-Chair Education
Department of Family & Community Medicine
University of Toronto

Dates: October 14 – 16

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Purpose of Visit

Dr. Cynthia Whitehead is our October Research Rounds presenter and will be giving a talk titled, “Playing the part: Does constructing competency as roles mask important values” on October 15.

While visiting CHES, Dr. Whitehead will also be meeting with individual members of the CHES community to discuss their research ideas, offer advice, and explore areas of joint interest.


Dr. Cynthia Whitehead, MD, PhD, is the Vice-President Education, Women’s College Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She obtained her MD from McMaster in 1987, and her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2011. She is an active staff member of the Family Health Team at Women’s College Hospital, former site Residency Program Director, Scientist at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education, Education Scientist at the Centre for Ambulatory Care Education, and an AMS Phoenix Fellow.

Dr. Whitehead’s program of research focuses on deconstructing ‘truths’ of medical education to expand our understandings of possibilities for change. Some of her specific content areas of research interest include globalization of medical education, outcomes-based education, interprofessional education, primary care education, education scholarship and the history of medical education.

Dr. Whitehead is involved in teaching, curriculum design, curricular evaluation and educational administration. Internationally, she has provided education consultations and worked collaboratively with educators in multiple countries in Asia, South America, North America and Europe.