MERLIN

The Medical Education Research Lab in the North (MERLIN) seeks to promote medical education research and scholarship in Northern Ontario. MERLIN will create opportunities for learning and dialogue around promising and emerging evidence-based practices in medical education, health professional education, as well as provide peer support to those engaging in research.

MERLIN consists of a group of individuals who are passionate about supporting the development of medical education research at NOSM University. We currently do this through workshops, research labs, and our monthly MedEd meetup cafes.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Erin Cameron
NOSM University Assistant Professor of Medical Education
Human Sciences Division
Tel: 807-766-7451
Email: ercameron@nosm.ca

Mission

Serving the health needs of Northern Ontario through building and supporting research communities and leaders in health and medical education.

Vision

Promoting a healthier north through research in health and medical education.

History

In 2018, a group of academic and clinical researchers came to establish MERLIN (Medical Education Research Lab in the North).

Using a Living Lab approach, MERLIN has provided support across portfolios at NOSM University and across the region that has allowed for rich collaborations and advanced medical education research, scholarship, and practice at NOSM University. Living labs offer a novel structure that can help build a knowledge economy in health and medical education research. In its first year, MERLIN fostered educational inquiry by hosting seminars and workshops that encouraged a culture of inquiry within NOSM University; MERLIN supported academic communities by offering monthly research networking meetings that advanced research ideas, projects, and activities; lastly, MERLIN led innovative research in medical education by supporting numerous research initiatives and successful funding proposals that will help inform NOSM University programs and curriculum, all while advancing educational innovations specific to Northern and rural contexts.

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Funded by NOSM University and a highly-competitive Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant, this project will be co-directed by the Centre’s Dr.  Cameron (NPA) and Dr. Alex Anawati, alongside Drs. Joseph LeBlanc (NOSM University Associate Dean, Equity and Inclusion) and David Marsh (NOSM University Associate Dean, Research, Innovation and International Relations).

Discovery Meetings

Do you have a research idea related to medical education that you would like some assistance with? Our team can help you! We can assist you with research ideas, grant proposals, presentations, and more! Discovery meetings can be scheduled by contacting merlin@nosm.ca to set a time and date that works for you.

Monthly MedEd Cafés

Our MedEd Cafés provide a space for scholars, researchers, and faculty who are interested in medical education to build community and discuss current topics in the field. Every month, we invite guest speakers to lead a discussion on a topic so we can share space and promote learning.

MedEd Cafés are held on the first Tuesday of each month from 4-5pm. Due to Covid-19, all MedEd Cafés are held online via Webex until further notice. Everyone is welcome! To attend, please email merlin@nosm.ca or subscribe to our MERLIN calendar!

MERLIN Research Groups

AI-NORTH
Health Systems
Social Accountability
Rural Medical Education

Medical Education Resources

grant name
max. amount
SITE
National Board of Medical Examiners: Stemmler Medical Education Research Fund Medical Education Research Grant
max. amount
$150,000 $50,000
Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants
max. amount
$50,000
Canadian Patient Safety Institute
max. amount
Varies
Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Grants
max. amount
$5,000
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
max. amount
Varies
Physicians Services Incorporated Foundation Resident Research Grant
max. amount
$20,000
Canadian Institute of Health Research Health Research Operating Grants
max. amount
Varies
Spencer Foundation Large Research Grants
max. amount
$500,000
Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario (AMOSO)
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Varies
Max Bell Foundation Project Grants
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$200,000+
Lyle Spencer Research Award
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$1,000,000
SACME Philip R. Manning Research Award in Continuing Medical Education
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$50,000
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada CanMEDS Research & Development Grant
max. amount
$25,000
Medical Council of Canada Research in Clinical Assessment Grant
max. amount
$37, 500
College of Family Physicians of Canada Janus Research Grants
max. amount
$15,000
Ontario Medical Students Association Medical Student Education Research Grant
max. amount
$5,000
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Grants
max. amount
$35,000
International Association of Medical Science Educators Educational Scholarship Grants
max. amount
$5,000
Arnold P. Gold Foundation GHHS Chapter Activity Grants
max. amount
$1,500

Team

Gayle

Adams-Carpino

PhD, MSW, RSW, CYW

Faculty, Interprofessional Education Assistant Professor, Clinical Sciences Division

NOSM University in Sudbury

Interprofessional education for collaborative practice, interprofessional student-led clinics focusing on priority populations, interprofessional placements, and interprofessional community collaborations to enhance undergraduate and graduate curriculum

Alex

Anawati

BSc, MD, CCFP-EM

Global Health Coordinator Assistant Professor, Clinical Sciences Division

NOSM University in Sudbury

Social accountability of health institutions and health professional education programs (other than medical schools)

Robert

Anderson

MD, FRCPC

Program Director, Anesthesiology Associate Professor, Clinical Sciences Division

NOSM University in Sudbury

Erin

Cameron

B.Ed, MA, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medical Education MERLIN Chair

NOSM University in Thunder Bay

Social accountability, rural medical education, qualitative and participatory research methods

James

Goertzen

MD, MCISc, CCFP, FCFP

Assistant Dean, CEPD

NOSM University in Thunder Bay

Medical education, compassionate leadership, professionalism

Elaine

Hogard

BA (hons), MSc, MEd, PhD

Professor of Program Evaluation in the Human Sciences Division Director of UME Assessment

NOSM University in Thunder Bay

Marion

Maar

BSc, MA, PhD

Associate Professor, Human Sciences Division

NOSM University in Sudbury

Cultural Safety (community based curriculum co-design, experiential learning and Indigenous pedagogy, service provider education and development, Indigenous arts in curriculum, evaluation and assessment), opioid use in First Nations, Anishnaabe cultural language, and land based approaches.

Sarah

McIsaac

MBBCh, MEd, FRCPC

Medical Director, Faculty Development Assistant Professor, Clinical Sciences Division

NOSM University in Sudbury

Faculty development, needs assessment, and organization change management

Paul

Miron

MSc, MD, CCFP

NOSM University Family Medicine Program Director Associate Professor, Clinical Sciences Division

NOSM

Selection, Assessments, and Program Evaluation

Brian

Ross

PhD, MEd

Professor of Pharmacology Interim Associate Dean, UME

NOSM University in Thunder Bay

Social accountability, community placements, place-based education theory and practice

Roger

Strasser

MBBS, BMedSc, MCISc

Professor of Rural Health Founding Dean of NOSM University

NOSM University in Sudbury

Social accountability, generalism, rural health, and family medicine

Elizabeth

Wenghofer

BSc, MSc, PhD

Professor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences

NOSM University in Sudbury

Physician performance, medical regulation, continuing professional development, rural physicians and program evaluation

Jeff

Bachiu

UME Administrative Manager, Curriculum and Planning

NOSM University in Sudbury

Clare

Cook

PhD

CEPD Research Coordinator

NOSM University in Thunder Bay

John

Dabous

Instructional Designer

NOSM University in Sudbury

Jennifer

Fawcett

Senior Director, Postgraduate Education

NOSM University in Thunder Bay

John

Friesen

Director, UME Education

NOSM University in Thunder Bay

John

Hogenbirk

PhD

Family Medicine Research Tutor

NOSM University in Sudbury

Ghislaine

Pilot-Attema

Research Coordinator

NOSM University in Thunder Bay

Sophie

Regalado

MISt, MA

Research & Scholarly Communications Librarian

NOSM University in Thunder Bay

Christina

Tremblay

Assistant Instructional Designer

NOSM University in Sudbury

Ashley

Hurley

Ashley Hurley is a graduate student in Interdisciplinary Health at Laurentian University. Born and raised in rural Newfoundland, her research interests include recruiting and retaining primary care physicians in that province. She is also a registered dietitian at the City of Lakes Family Health Team and a lecturer at NOSM University.

Sarah

Lewis

Kelly

Meservia-Collins

Kelly Meservia-Collins is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Education Studies. She has a MA in Applied Social Psychology and 13 years progressive leadership experience in healthcare education. Kelly advocates for system and social change in healthcare and uses simulation and transformational learning to create spaces for critical dialogue, professional growth and quality improvement. In her most recent role as Executive Vice President, Research, Quality and Academics, she championed a learning health system model to integrate research and education at the bedside and meet the patient and healthcare needs of the hospital, community and region. Her current research is exploring health professional education within a learning health system model in Northern Ontario.

Sadie

Barnett

Sadie Barnett is a medical student at NOSM University. She holds a Master in Public Health from Lakehead University and a BA in Kinesiology from Western University. Her research interests include rural health education and community-based research to address health inequities experienced in rural and Northern populations. She is passionate about advocating for healthy public policy through a social justice lens to achieve health equity.

Emily

Booth

Emily Booth is a medical student at NOSM University. She will be acting as a MERLIN student researcher over the course of the summer, eager to learn more about healthcare in rural communities. Emily holds a Master of Public Health from Queen's University where she completed a practicum placement in Indigenous Engagement focused on cultural competency enhancement. She completed her undergraduate degree in Health Promotion at Laurentian University. Emily was born and raised in Sudbury, and enjoys spending time outside hiking, fishing and downhill skiing.

Maya

Brassard

Maya Brassard is an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia majoring in Critical Indigenous Studies and minoring in Educational Psychology & Special Education. She grew up on Vancouver Island with her mom, little sister, and two perfect cats. Maya is interested in community-based and population health research that advances system level change toward health equity. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in medicine as a rural generalist.

Sébastien

Labelle

Sébastien Labelle is a first-year medical student at NOSM University on the Thunder Bay campus. He was born and raised in Timmins, Ontario. He completed an undergraduate degree in biomedical science at the University of Ottawa. Sébastien is a proud Franco-Ontarian who will be undertaking a research project in the area of Francophone Health Curriculum at NOSM University. In his free time, Sébastien loves to cook and bake, spend time outside fishing, hiking, and playing tennis.

Kristina

Levert

My name is Kristina Levert and I'm a third-year undergraduate student studying Biologie biomédicale (B.Sc.) at Laurentian University. After completing my undergraduate studies, I aspire to become a medical student at the NOSM University and pursue my dream of becoming a physician. Born and raised in Sudbury, ON, I recognize the struggles faced by individuals in isolated communities across Northern Ontario. As a trilingual individual with a passion for applied science, I am beyond excited to be a Research Assistant with this project. I look forward to furthering my knowledge regarding the influence of research on healthcare development in rural communities! In my free time, you can find me on the lake with a book in hand or hiking the Laurentian trails with my dog Chase!

Sophie

Thomas

My name is Sophie Thomas and I am a medical student at NOSM University and researcher with MERLIN. I completed my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Queen's University where I completed a thesis project examining individual variability in exercise tolerance. I grew up in a small town in Ontario which sparked my research interest in Generalism and Primary Care. I am looking forward to working on my MERLIN project which is part of a national study to examine Generalist curricula in pre-clerkship programs across Canada using the Toronto Generalism Assessment Tool (T-GAT). My other research interests are in the area of Emergency Medicine particularly pre-hospital and retrieval medicine, as well as wilderness medicine. Outside of research, my passion is in search and rescue where I worked for four summer with the Canadian Coast Guard marine search and rescue crews. I also enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, boating, skiing and running.

Breezy

Beaudry

MERLIN Medical Student

Dr.

Brenton Button

MERLIN Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr.

Brianne Wood

MERLIN Postdoctoral Fellow

Holly

Fleming

MERLIN Research Assistant

Roslyn

Graham

MERLIN Medical Student

Jacqueline

Harvey

MERLIN Medical Student

Devon

Lee

MERLIN Research Assistant

Zvia

Mazal

MERLIN Medical Student

Chandelle

Mensour

MERLIN Medical Student

Hannah

Mikhail

MERLIN Medical Student

Sophia

Myles

MERLIN Postdoctoral Fellow

Brandon

Portelance

MERLIN Research Assistant

Hafsa

Siddiqui

MERLIN Research Intern

Kirstie

Taylor

MERLIN Research Intern

Miranda

Waugh

MERLIN Medical Student

Physician Tracking Studies

Data Stewardship of NOSM University’s Longitudinal Studies


In September 2019, NOSM University assumed responsibility for data collection and storage for the Tracking Study of NOSM University students and Residents, and the Graduate Outcomes Survey, previously collected and stored by the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR) – Laurentian for NOSM University. Given that the purpose of these multi-year, multi-method studies are to measure and understand the impact of NOSM University, NOSM University hopes to assemble a complete longitudinal dataset of past and current students and graduates for research purposes.

The conditions under which these data are collected and stored are governed by Research Ethics Boards (REBs) at Laurentian University and Lakehead University. NOSM University has taken measures to ensure that participation in the survey, survey responses, and whether or not consent is given to transfer data to NOSM University will not be used to assess the academic performance of NOSM University medical students or residents.

Should you require any further information please contact  Margaret G. French, Analyst, Office of Institutional Intelligence (mafrench@nosm.ca or 1-800-461-9777 ext. 7297).

Get Involved

General Inquiries

For general inquires about MERLIN, or to book a consultation session, please email merlin@nosm.ca.

Feel free to reach out to our team!

Volunteer Opportunities

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