As you may be aware, the Medical Education portfolio falls under the Vice President of Medical Affairs. It has been capably led by Dr. Maria Corral since 2009.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to Dr. Corral who will be stepping down as the Director of Medical Education this month. Since assuming the role, Dr. Corral has done extraordinary work to strengthen the resources that support our residency training programs. She was called upon for a number of unusual and challenging situations and always responded remarkably, and with good humour. Included in her recent achievements are the successful rejuvenation of the St. Paul’s Library space and completion of the Clinical Skills Rooms; both of which will be valuable and lasting assets for our organization.
Change is an opportunity for reflection and we are currently exploring options for the evolution of the Office of Medical Education given our focus on the high quality of our clinical training programs at Providence and stewardship of the associated resources. We have chosen to not immediately seek a successor for Dr. Corral as we redefine the work of Medical Education, and hence the role of the Medical Director.
In the interim, Medical Affairs will provide oversight of the Medical Education portfolio. Ms. Kristen Kernaghan remains as the primary contact for inquiries as the administrative assistant for Medical Education. She will report to Ms. Astrid Levelt, Director of Medical Affairs. Astrid and I will provide leadership in this area on an interim basis.
Once we have finalized the structure and roles within Medical Education, we will provide a further update. In the meantime, please join me in thanking Dr. Corral for her exceptional work in Medical Education, and wishing her well in her retirement.