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Faculty Member

Cynthia R Whitehead MD, MScCH, PhD

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
Office Address
The Wilson Centre 200 Elizabeth Street, 1ES-565 Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 2C4
Clinical Public Health Division
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

Medical Education Research

Health Professions Education Research

Honours & Awards

CAME Certificate of Merit Award, University of Toronto recipient, Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME)

Award of Excellence in Research (Senior Category 2016), Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.

Research Paper Award for Excellence in Medical Education Research (2015), Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference.

Phoenix Fellowship (2012), Associated Medical Services, Ontario, Canada (Research Fellowship)

Academic Family Physician of the Year (2012), Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Current Research Projects

Co-Investigator. University College London-University of Toronto Collaborative Research Project in International Medical Education.

Principal Investigator. Leveraging accreditation standards to promote compassion in education and practice. Associated Medical Services (AMS)

Co-Investigator. The collaborative ideal in Canadian healthcare delivery. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Scheme.

Principal Investigator. Better education for better teamwork: Understanding the discourses to improve the practices of interprofessional education. CIHR Operating Grant. Co-investigators: Kuper A, Boon H, Razack S, Purkis ME. 242,000 CAD.

Representative Publications

Whitehead C, Wondimagegn D, Baheretibeb Y, Mekasha A, Hodges B. The international partner as invited guest: Beyond colonial models of medical education. Academic Medicine. 2018 May 02; Epub ahead of print, DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002268.

Paradis E, Whitehead CR. Beyond the lamppost: A proposal for a fourth wave of education for collaboration. Academic Medicine. 2018 May 02; Epub ahead of print, DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002268.

Rangel JC, Cartmill C, Martimianakis MA, Kuper A, Whitehead CR. In search of educational efficiency: 30 years of Medical Education’s top-cited articles. Medical Education. 2017 Sep; 51(9):918-34.

Paradis E, Pipher M, Cartmill C, Rangel JC, Whitehead CR. Articulating the ideal: 50 years of interprofessional collaboration in Medical Education. Medical Education. 2017 Aug; 51(8):861-72.

Kuper A, Veinot P, Leavitt J, Levitt S, Li A, Goguen J, Schreiber M, Richardson L, Whitehead CR. Epistemology, culture, justice and power: non-bioscientific knowledge for medical training. Medical Education. 2017 Feb; 51(2):158-73.

Whyte S, Paradis E, Cartmill C, Kuper A, Boon H, Hart C, Razack S, Pipher M, Whitehead CR. Misalignment of purpose and power in an early Canadian interprofessional education initiative. Advances in Health Sciences Education. 2017 Dec; 22(5):1123-49.

Rangel JC, Cartmill C, Kuper A, Martimianakis MA, Whitehead CR. Setting the standard: Medical Education’s first fifty years. Medical Education. 2016 Jan; 50(1):24-35.

Whitehead CR. What ails medical education? Cynthia Whitehead welcomes a thorough appraisal of American medical residency training. Science. 2015; 347(6219):241.

Paradis E, Whitehead CR. Louder than words: power and conflict in interprofessional education articles, 1954-2013. Medical Education. 2015 Apr; 49(4):399-407.

Whitehead CR, Kuper A, Hodges B, Ellaway R. Conceptual and practical challenges in the assessment of physician competencies. Medical Teacher. 2015 Mar; 37(3):245-51.

Hubinette M, Dobson S, Towle A, Whitehead C. Shifts in the interpretation of health advocacy: a textual analysis. Medical Education. 2014 Dec; 48(12):1235-43.

Whitehead CR, Selleger V, Vandekreeke JS, Hodges BD. The “missing person” in roles-based competency models: a historical, cross-national, contrastive case study. Medical Education. 2014 Aug; 48(8):785-95.

Whitehead C, Kuper A, Freeman R, Grundland B, Webster F. Compassionate care? A critical discourse analysis of accreditation standards. Medical Education. 2014 Jun; 48(6):632-43.

Whitehead C, Hodges BD, Austin Z. Captive on a carousel: discourses of ‘new’ in medical education 1910-2010. Advances in Health sciences Education. Advances in Health Sciences Education. 2012; DOI: 10.1007/s10459-012-9409-5.

Whitehead C. Scientist or science-stuffed? Discourses of science in North American medical education. Medical Education. 2013; 47: 26-32. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2923.2011.04136.x.

Whitehead C, Austin Z, Hodges BD. Flower Power: The Armoured Expert in the CanMEDS Competency Framework? Advances in Health Sciences Education. 2011; 16: 681-94.

Kuper A, Whitehead C, Hodges BC.: Looking back to move forward: Using history, discourse and text in medical education research: AMEE Guide No. 73. Medical Teacher. 2013;35(1):85-96. DOI: 10.3109/0142159X.2012.748887. Epub 2012 Dec 21.