Inspired Teaching

PBL Bootcamp Series 

💻 Delivered Virtually

📅April 15, 2021, April 20, 2021,  &  May 4, 2021

Problem-based learning is a staple of health professional education. It is resource intensive and requires a large number of skilled faculty members. It can be challenging for faculty members not familiar with the principles and techniques. The COVID-19 pandemic introduced new challenges to PBL tutorials. A team of inter-professional experts have worked together to produce an updated series of PBL tutorial facilitation faculty development that address the needs of new tutors, virtual tutors, and experienced tutors. 

Overall Learning Objectives

At the end of this series, participants will be able to:

Workshop #1: PBL Basics

📅Thurs.,  April 15, 2021,  6-8pm ET
Jocelyn Harris, Karen McAssey, Catherine Tong, & Allyn Walsh


Workshop #2: Thriving in Virtual

📅Tues.,  April 20, 2021,  6-8pm ET
Justine Hamilton, Maria Pratt, & Sarrah Lal


Workshop #3: Advanced PBL

📅Tues., May 4, 2021, 3-5pm ET
Eric Greenwald, Sharon Bal, & Michael Lee-Poy


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Organizing Committee & Speakers

Dr. Sharon Bal is an Assistant Clinical Professor affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University. She is the Pre-Clerkship Coordinator at the Waterloo Regional Campus and Primary Care Lead for Cambridge - North Dumfries (Ontario Health). She is Lead Physician of the Delta Coronation FHO where she practices general family medicine and does system design as part the CND OHT Steering Committee.

Dr. Eric Greenwald is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology. He is the Director of the Adult Gastroenterology Residency Program. He has a passion for medical education and faculty development and is currently the director of the tutor coach program for the Michael DeGroote School of Medicine. He is also certified faculty for the Skills Enhancement in Endoscopy (SEE) Program for the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology.

Justine Hamilton is an Assistant Professor in the graduate Speech-Language Pathology program, teaching Clinical Skills Labs and Problem-Based Tutorials and acting as the IPE Lead for the program. 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. 

Dr. Jocelyn Harris is an associate professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science, Occupational Therapy Program.  Her research area involves the rehabilitation of individuals with stroke and traumatic brain injury.  She teaches clinical skills and problem based learning.  Dr. Harris is the Department Education Coordinator which provides training support for clinicians, and the Interpersonal Education Lead for the Occupational Therapy Program.  

Sarrah Lal is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University. She leads various educational programs and courses in health innovation and entrepreneurship at the Michael G. DeGroote Initiative for Innovation in Healthcare. These include Health Venture Program, Clinical Health Innovation Program, Frameshift Innovations Lab, and the Innovators in Scrubs. She is head of the Leadership & Management team in the Faculty of Health Science Program for Faculty Development and a MacPherson Institute Leadership in Teaching & Learning Fellow, where her research focuses on the development of adaptive virtual learning tools in education. 

Dr. Michael Lee-Poy received his MD at the University of Western Ontario in 2005. He teaches in the Centre for Family Medicine in Kitchener-Waterloo. In addition, he is the Chair of Program Quality for the Undergraduate program at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. In another leadership role, he is the Faculty Development Coordinator for the KW and Area Family Medicine Residency Program. Until 2019, Dr. Lee-Poy held the position of Pre-Clerkship Coordinator at the Waterloo Regional Campus. 

For many years, Dr. Lee-Poy has championed the integration of diversity and inclusion in medical education through an inter-professional approach to clinical practice and curriculum development. His contributions have resulted in meaningful professional development of medical learners.

Dr. Karen McAssey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University and a Pediatric Endocrinologist at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Dr. McAssey is also the Medical Director for the Pediatric Diabetes Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital. In her current role as the Principle Investigator for the CGM TIME trial (Hamilton Site), she ensures that patients and families will benefit from the opportunity to participate in leading clinical research aimed at using technology to better manage Type 1 Diabetes. Dr. McAssey also leads the Pediatric Calcium and Bone Disorders Clinic, providing clinical care for children with osteoporosis and disorders of calcium metabolism, in addition to general endocrine conditions.

Along with her unique skills and expertise in the field of pediatric endocrinology, Dr. McAssey is also recognized as an accomplished educator and is the Pre Clerkship Chair in the Medical School at McMaster University. In this leadership role, she is responsible for overseeing the planning and delivery of the Pre Clerkship Curriculum within the distributed medical education network of McMaster’s MD Program using student-engaged learning methods and evidence-informed curriculum practices.

Dr. Maria Pratt began her teaching career at McMaster in 2008 as a sessional instructor in the BScN program. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Faculty Lead for the BScN Accelerated Stream. She teaches PBL courses in the undergraduate nursing program. Her clinical nursing background includes adult medical-surgical, critical care, emergency nursing, and women’s health.

Dr. X. Catherine Tong (@XC_TongMD) is an Assistant Clinical Professor affiliated with the Dept of Family Medicine at McMaster University.  She currently practices emergency medicine at the Grand River and St. Mary’s General Hospitals in Kitchener-Waterloo, and family medicine at the Grand Valley Institute for Women, a federal correctional facility in Kitchener.  She is the faculty development lead at Waterloo Regional Campus. Her education research focuses on engaging community-based faculty members in the Distributive Medical Education context through curating and delivering faculty development content that is valuable and accessible to busy clinicians. 


Allyn Walsh MD CCFP FCFP is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University. She has held educational leadership positions in the Department of Family Medicine, the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, the Canadian Association for Medical Education and the World Organization of Family Doctors. Her first faculty appointment at McMaster was in 1979 and she is proud to be the daughter of one of the founders of McMaster’s medical school, Dr. Bill Walsh.

Accreditation Statement

McMaster University, Continuing Health Sciences Education Program (CHSE) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide CFPC Mainpro+ and RCPSC Maintenance of Certification (MOC) study credits for Continuing Medical Education.

This Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the McMaster University Continuing Health Sciences Program for up to 5.5 Mainpro+ credits, as outlined below.

This activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by McMaster University, Continuing Health Sciences Education Program for up to 5.5 MOC Section 1 hours, as outlined below.

PBL Basic Principles - 2 MOC Section 1 hours / 2 Mainpro + credits

Thriving in Virtual PBL - 1.5 MOC Section 1 hours/ 1.5 Mainpro + credits

Advanced PBL - 2 MOC Section 1 hours/ 2 Mainpro + Credits 

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at