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McMaster Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Workshops

Tutor Trainees 2016

The workshop is offered as a one-week intensive course. Participants will be learning in small groups led by clinical epidemiologists and practitioners from McMaster and other institutions.

Each small group consists of two tutors, one tutor trainee, one research librarian, and up to eight learners.

Dr. Abeer Al Shahrani

Dr. Abeer Al Shahrani

Assistant Professor
Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine
Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University

I’m a Family Physician & Assistant Professor in Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, in Saudi Arabia. It is one of the largest Women Universities in the world!

I’m teaching EBM for the undergraduates & junior residents for the last 3 years. This is my 2nd time attending EBCP workshop @ McMaster! I find it a great opportunity to teach & learn EBM in such well-recognized institute.

Looking forward to joining this group in a week full of learning & fun.

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Dr. Amiran Baduashvili

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Dr. Amiran Baduashvili

Assistant Professor in Clinical Medicine
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. Baduashvili completed his internal medicine training at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical College where he is currently serving as an assistant professor in clinical medicine. He is heavily involved in resident and medical student education. He is a preceptor and lecturer of Evidence Based Medicine curriculum for internal medicine residents.

He is particularly interested in using likelihood ratios and receiver operating characteristic curves to improve diagnostic approach and prevent overtesting and overdiagnosis.

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Dr. Huijuan Cao

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Dr. Huijuan Cao

Research Associate
Centre for Evidence-based Chinese Medicine
Beijing University of Chinese Medicine

I am a research associate in the Centre for Evidence-based Chinese Medicine in Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.

My research addresses issues in evaluating the therapeutic effect of Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies through evidence-based approach. Currently, my main work is focusing on developing clinical study methodology for assessing traditional Chinese medicine.

I host four research projects which funded by the government and the university, and participated in over 15 projects for the systematic review, study design and data analysis. I’m also teaching clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine for postgraduate students.

I attended the McMaster EBCP workshop last year for the first time as a participant and am excited to return this year as a tutor trainee.

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Ms. Yaping Chang

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Ms. Yaping Chang

PhD Student
Dept of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact
Health Sciences Centre
McMaster University

Yaping Chang graduated from University of Copenhagen and came to Canada from China in 2014.

Supervised by Dr. Gordon Guyatt, she is currently a PhD student of Health Research Methodology (HRM) program, McMaster University and has completed a number of systematic reviews.

Research interests include systematic review of infection prevention amongst patients with open fractures using prophylactic antibiotics, prognosis of post-surgical pain and management of patients who had trauma necessitating orthopedic surgeries.

She participated in McMaster Workshop last year and is looking forward to sharing experiences, more learning and exercising EBCP.

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Dr. Alexandra Halalau

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Dr. Alexandra Halalau

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Co-Director MS2 EBM course
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Dr. Alexandra Halalau has been an outpatient internal medicine faculty at Beaumont Health System for the last 8 years.

In 2012 EBCP McMaster workshop sparkled her interest in practicing and teaching Evidence Based Medicine (EBM). Since, she developed and implemented an entire EBM curriculum for the internal medicine residency that she is affiliated with, and taught and co-directed the medical students EBM course. She has been very involved in medical education related to innovative ways to teach EBM, and in clinical research related to diabetes, substance abuse, transition of care and quality improvement.

She has trained in clinical research at Harvard Medical School through “Principles and Practice of Clinical Research” course.

This will be her first year as a Tutor-trainee at McMaster Workshop and she is looking forward to learn interactive and efficient ways to teach EBM.

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Dr. Bradley Johnston

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Dr. Bradley Johnston

Assistant Professor
Scientist
Hospital for Sick Children
University of Toronto

Brad has a PhD in Experimental Medicine from the University of Alberta, and has completed post-doctoral training in Evidence-Based Health Care at the University of Oxford, and Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University.

His academic interests include health status measurement, and the methodology of systematic reviews, public health guidelines and randomized trials. His work involves the application of these methods to a wide range of areas, with a particular interest in preventive medicine, nutrition and patient-reported outcomes.

Brad is a Scientist at Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute in Toronto, and an Assistant Professor in Clinical Epidemiology with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

He most enjoys learning all things EBM, cycling, and the pain of watching his Oilers consistently lose.

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Dr. C. Eric McCoy

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Dr. C. Eric McCoy

Base Hospital Medical Director
Director of Emergency Medical Services
Director of Simulation Education
Department of Emergency Medicine
UC Irvine School of Medicine

Dr. Christopher “Eric” McCoy (aka McCoy, aka EMAC) graduated from UCSF with an area of concentration in medical education. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at UC Irvine and subsequently pursued fellowship training in Emergency Medical Services/Disaster medical sciences at UC Irvine while simultaneously pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in health policy and management at UCLA. He is currently the director of Emergency Medical Services at UC Irvine Medical Center and Director of Simulation Education where he has created both a domestic and international medical simulation fellowship program.

His evidence-based medicine related roles include teaching the fundamentals of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics for UC Irvine School of Medicine and he is an active core faculty in journal club for the Emergency Medicine residency program. He has more than 15 years of teaching experience that span from physics, MCAT preparatory courses, pathophysiology, paramedic courses, ECG workshops, to building educational programs that include his current domestic and international medical simulation fellowships. He has also had the opportunity to design, direct, and deliver a prehospital EMS course overseas incorporating fully immersive simulation. He is excited to bring his experience in teaching to serve the students in the McMaster EBCP workshops.

“My goals for this workshop are to deepen my knowledge base and skill set in EBM, form cooperative-collaborative relationships with professionals who share similar interest, and continue the legacy of EBM and its founders by providing my students a growth environment that will allow them to deepen their understanding of Evidence-Based medicine. I thank you for the opportunity to serve as a tutor-trainee and I look forward to seeing you at the McMaster University Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Workshops!”

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Dr. Blanca Penaloza

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Dr. Blanca Penaloza

Associate Professor Department of Family Medicine
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

I am a Family Physician, mum-of-three and Academic of the Department of Family Medicine at Universidad Catolica de Chile.

I divide my time between academic activities, clinical practice and the management of the main ambulatory center of our School of Medicine (I am the Medical Director).

I primarily started working in EBM through studying a M Sc in Health Technology Assessment at the University of Birmingham UK in 2002, and since then I have done some systematic reviews with other members of the Program of EBM at our School of Medicine. I have taught EBM to undergraduate and postgraduate students since 2006.

I attended the McMaster “How to teach EBM” course in 2012. I got fantastic tools to improve my teaching of central concepts of EBM.

I am looking forward to increase my teaching skills with the tutor trainee experience of this year.

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Dr. Bill Ristevski

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Dr. Bill Ristevski

Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
Division of Orthopaedics
McMaster University

Bill Ristevski MD, MSc, FRCS(C) is an Orthopaedic surgeon and Assistant Professor at McMaster University, specializing in trauma and upper extremity reconstruction. He completed his medical training and Masters of Science degree at the University of Toronto.

He serves as the Clinical Teaching Unit Director of Orthopaedics for the medical students at the Hamilton General Hospital and is heavily involved in teaching medical students, residents and fellows in the practice of Orthopaedic surgery.

His research interests focus on clinical Orthopaedics. Currently he is investigating via the DRIVSAFE project (Distractions on the Road: Injury eValuation in Surgery and FracturE clinics) orthopaedic injuries resulting from distracted driving.

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Dr. Ravi Sharaf

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Dr. Ravi Sharaf

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Northwell Health/Hofstra University School of Medicine

I am a gastroenterologist and health-services researcher. My clinical niche is cancer genetics.

I am in New York City, at a large integrated academic medical system called Northwell Health.

I attended the McMaster EBCP as a participant in 2015, and am excited to return as a tutor-trainee.

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Dr. Yuqing (Madison) Zhang

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Dr. Yuqing (Madison) Zhang

Assistant Professor (part time)
Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
McMaster University
Member of the GRADE working group

Dr. Yuqing Zhang is a physician with special interest in evidence-based clinical practice, clinical research related to Complementary and Alternative medicine, Health Related Quality of life, Clinical Practise Guidelines, and patients values and preference research. She has worked closely with the Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine center in Beijing University of Chinese medicine since 2010.

She obtained her MD and Master degree at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China. She completed her PhD in Health Research Methodology on Clinical Epidemiology with Prof. Guyatt.

She has contributed as co-author or editor in 3 English books regarding evidence-based clinical practise including JAMA’s Users’ Guide to the Medical Literature and 2 Chinese books on integrative medicine practise.

In the past 5 years, she offered 8 workshops on GRADE methodology and Clinical Practise Guideline related topics and currently working with Mac GRADE center and American Haematology Society on the 10th Edition of Antithrombotic Guidelines.

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Mr. Yuan Ray Zhang

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Mr. Yuan Ray Zhang

PhD candidate in Health Research Methodology Program
Epidemiologist
McMaster University

Mr. Zhang is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Health Research Methodology program at McMaster University.

Mr Zhang was previously trained at the School of Publica Health of Peking University and received a master degree in epidemiology. He is interested in patient values and preferences, systematic review and meta-analysis, quality of evidence assessment, guideline development, and health technology assessment. He is most interested in the incorporation of patient values and preferences in guideline development.

Mr Zhang has been involved in teaching of evidence based medicine since 2010, both in Chinese and English, and participated the "How to Teach" stream of McMaster EBCP workshop in 2015.