International Speakers

Linda Snell, MD. Linda Snell MD MHPE FRCPC FACP, Professor of Medicine & Core Faculty, Centre for Medical Education, McGill University, and Senior Clinician Educator for CanMEDS at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Snell has served in numerous educational and clinical leadership roles at McGill, nationally and internationally. She has received teaching and education awards, and presented workshops and invited lectures across Canada and internationally.

Dr. Snell’s current interests include: developing advanced training for clinician-educators; teaching & assessing CanMEDS core competencies; leadership in medicine; & education scholarship.


Marcio M. Gomes, MD, PhD, MHPE candidate, FRCPC

Dr. Marcio Gomes is a pathologist, Head of thoracic pathology at The Ottawa Hospital, and an Associate Professor and Distinguished Teacher of the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Gomes is also a clinician educator of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). His main areas of interest in medical education are competency-based education, workplace-based assessment, continuing professional development and interprofessional education. Dr. Gomes has developed many educational innovations and received several teaching and education awards, including the 2010 Award of Excellence and Innovation in Postgraduate Medical Education by the University of Ottawa, the 2014 Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO) Clinical Teaching Award, and the Leadership in Education Award of the Canadian Association of Pathologists CAP-ACP in 2017. He is currently doing a Masters in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago supported by the 2017 RCPSC Robert Maudsley Fellowship for Studies in Medical Education.


Dr. Jeffrey Wiseman is a specialist in General Internal Medicine practicing at McGill University Hospital Center and a Core Member of the McGill Centre for Medical Education. His research interests include emotions in clinical reasoning, serious games in medical education, Faculty development, technology in medical education and teamwork, negotiation and conflict resolution for medical educators. He has occupied numerous leadership positions in medical education both locally and nationally and is currently Director of Faculty Development for the McGill Undergraduate Medical Education Curriculum.


Christopher J. Watling, MD, MMEd, PhD, FRCP(C)

Dr. Watling is Professor in the Departments of Clinical Neurological Sciences, Oncology, and Family Medicine, Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education, and a Scientist at Schulich’s Centre for Education Research and Innovation. He has a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Dundee and a PhD in Health Professions Education from Maastricht University. His research, widely published in the medical education literature, explores how and why feedback influences learning, and how medicine’s professional culture shapes its educational practices.

Dr. Lara Cooke

Dr. Lara Cooke is a neurologist and medical educator who has been working with the Royal College since 2009. Over the first ten years of her career, she has been active across the continuum of medical education from undergraduate to continuing medical education. She has been involved with faculty development on the teaching and assessment of learners of all levels for more than a decade and has received national and international awards for her work in education. She has presented on competency-based medical education and resident education and assessment across Canada and overseas. Her areas of interest include empathy in medical education, communication skills, health advocacy, feedback, and physician learning.


Oscar Casiro (Canada), MD , FRCPC, is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a Scholar in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Faculty of Medicine. After obtaining a medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he completed training in Pediatrics and Neonatology at the University of Manitoba. His early research interests centered on the long-term outcomes of high risk, premature infants and the effects of substance abuse during pregnancy.

Dr. Casiro developed an interest in medical education leadership and scholarly activities early in his academic career. He has held leadership positions of progressive responsibility in the field of medical education, including Residency Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Specialty Committee on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education (University of Manitoba); Chair of the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada; President of the Medical Council of Canada; and Founding Regional Associate Dean, Vancouver Island (UBC and University of Victoria). At present, he is Chair of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS), voting member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in the U.S and Regional Director for Latin America, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada International, promoting academic partnerships in order to enhance postgraduate medical education in the region.