Coaching & Mentoring

Coaching in the Health Professions 

Tuesday, June 30th from 5:00-6:30pm  EDT

💻 Zoom Virtual Event

Join Robin Mackin (@robin_mackin) with panelists Mark McRae, Jonel Miklea (@jmikleafamilymd), & Liliana Coman for this special event

Photo cred: Team Canada 

Event Description

Coaching is well developed in the sporting and music world but do we fully understand it's role in medical education? During this webinar, we will search for a definition of a coach and try to understand the relationship between coaching and feedback as it applies to the development of medical trainees. Using my lens as an elite athlete, we will explore the similarities and distinct cultural differences between coaching in sports and coaching in medicine. Our panel's variety of expertise will offer strategies and insight into how we can apply these coaching principles with our trainees. 

Part 1

Part 2

Facilitator and Panelists

Robin Mackin (@robin_mackin) is completing an academic fellowship in the Department of Pediatrics with a scholarly focus in Medical Education. She is working on completion of her Royal College Clinician Educator Diploma portfolio. She is a recent graduate from the McMaster Pediatrics residency program and obtained her MD from the University of Ottawa. Prior to medicine, she was an elite athlete with the privilege of representing Canada in the 2008 Olympics. She is a passionate clinician educator who is dedicated to creating positive learning environments so that trainees can reach their full potential. 

Mark McRae is a Plastic Surgeon based at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton where he is the clinical teaching unit director. He is the CBD lead for the division of plastic surgery and competence committee chair. He is the Teaching and Learning unit lead for the McMaster Clinical Educator Program. Undergraduate education at Cornell University, medical degree from Yale University, masters degree from University of Toronto Health Practitioner Teaching and Education. Before medicine he was a professional hockey player. He has research interests that include medical education and coaching. 

Jonel Miklea (@jmikleafamilymd) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMasterUniversity. He received his training on three different continents. Jonel graduated from the Faculty ofMedicine Carol Davila in Bucharest, Romania and completed his Family Medicine residency at McMaster University. He joined McMaster Family Practice as a practicing family physician, and the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University in 2002. He completed his Masters in Medical Education at Flinders University in Australia. During his time with the department, Jonel has been a committed mentor to medical students, family medicine residents, and International Medical Graduates. From 2004 until 2011, he was the Program Director of the Family Medicine Undergraduate Program and he has been a leader in the development of an integrated clerkship program at McMaster University. In 2003, Dr. Miklea was awarded the Gerry Cohen Teaching Award for his excellence as a clinical teacher and his commitment to residency education. In 2008, he was co-recipient of the College of Family Physicians of Canada Outstanding Family Medicine Research Article. Over the years he held different roles in thed epartment from Education Site coordinator to Faculty development local lead. Dr. Miklea pioneered the Adolescent health clinic at the Youth and Wellness center for family medicine residents to sample social accountability during their training. He also has facilitated national workshops on coaching peersand learners. Jonel sits on the executive at the Clinical Faculty Association at Hamilton Health Sciences and also actively practices inpatient hospitalist medicine. 

Liliana Coman is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. Liliana is originally from Romania, where she completed her MD degree at the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest and practiced as a family physician for 10 years. After immigrating to Canada, she completed a BHSc. degree in Physiotherapy at McMaster University and a Master of Science degree at University of Waterloo. Since graduation she worked for several years in various areas of physiotherapy: palliative care, chronic care, rehabilitation and home care. Liliana has been teaching in the Physiotherapy Program at McMaster University for almost 20 years and has been the Department Education Coordinator for almost 10 years. In these roles she provided mentorship to both, graduate students and new faculty members. She has been a member of the Program for Faculty Development Advisory Committee and was one of the developers of the Peer Observation of Teaching workshop.


Dr. Teresa Chan (@TChanMD) is an associate professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at McMaster University.  She is the assistant dean for McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD).  She is an avid scholar in health professions education and works with the MERIT group (@MERIT_McMaster), and conducts research and scholarship within this area.