Inspired Teaching

Clinical Skills in the Virtual World

Originally Presented on Thursday, August 27, 2020

💻 A Recorded Zoom Event

Clinical skills are a core part of what we do as health professionals, and are a key part of pre-licensure training across all professions. However, in the post-COVID-19 era, we are increasingly being asked to teach these skills online.

Our panel discusses how to teach clinical skills to junior learners (e.g. pre-licensure trainees like medical students, physiotherapy students, midwifery students, etc..) so that they can be prepared for their future rotations and careers.

This is a MacPFD original event, which followed up to address needs not previously met by the Teaching Residents in Virtual Patient Care (VPC) settings series in early summer of 2020. Check out our video archive for more information on those previous resources. 

The Speakers

Dr. Dorothy Bakker
Prof. Justine Hamilton
Prof. Jasdeep Dhir
Dr. Jason Profetto

Dr. Dorothy Bakker is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University.  She is Assistant Dean of McMaster Community and Rural Education (Mac-CARE) and Chair of Professionalism Education for the M.G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

Prof. Justine Hamilton is an Assistant Professor in the graduate Speech-Language Pathology program, teaching Clinical Skills Labs and Problem-Based Tutorials. She is also the Director of Clinical Education, coordinating SLP student placements, and the Department Education Coordinator, providing training support to speech-language pathologists with faculty appointments. 

Jasdeep Dhir (@jdhitpt) is the Acting Director of Clinical Education and an Assistant Clinical Professor (PT) in the Physiotherapy Program in the School of Rehabilitation Science). She has over 20 years of clinical experience in Orthopaedic Physiotherapy. She teaches clinical skills in both the Masters of Physiotherapy Program as well as in post professional development courses for Physiotherapists. She is currently the Chair of National Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. 

Dr. Jason Profetto (@JProfetto) is a family and academic physician.  He has a family practice in Stoney Creek and is affiliated with McMaster University.  At McMaster, he is the Chair of MD Admissions and the Chair of Clinical Skills.  He involved with developing and overseeing the admissions Multiple Mini Interview and the medical school’s OSCE assessment.  He teaches learners of all levels, both in undergraduate and post-graduate medical education.  He has also recently finished his Masters Degree in McMaster’s Health Sciences Education Program through MERIT.   


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.