Local Organising Group
Please meet the fabulous Local Organising Group (LOG) for Ottawa2024. Read about their interests in assessment and why they are so committed to making Ottawa2024 a stimulating and inclusive event for researchers and practitioners from across the globe.
Local Organising Group Chair
Local Organising Group Chair
The Ottawa Conference is coming “Down Under” to Australia for its third visit. With previous conferences in 2008 in Melbourne (fondly known as Ozzawa) followed by Perth in 2016, we are delighted to be welcoming back old friends and extending this welcome to new ones too. I have worked in health professional education in the medical arena for almost 35 years. Much of my focus has been on assessment and supervisor preparation to assess effectively. I have been a regular participant at Ottawa conferences and made the bid to bring Ottawa2024 back to Melbourne to provide a welcoming arena to debate some of the major challenges in assessment practices and to support a broad range of practitioners and researchers to contribute to an exciting and vibrant event that will help to shape assessment research and practices into the future.
Prof Julian Archer
Head of School, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Griffith University, Australia. Paediatrician and Clinical Educational Researcher.
Prof Karen Dwyer
Karen Dwyer – nephrologist and lifestyle physician; Professor of Medicine at Deakin University and Clinical Director at Kidney Health Australia. My passion is improving access through alternative models of health care with an emphasis on empower people to make positive health behaviour changes. I am an educator by stealth, as many doctors are, and through the LOG I hope to grow my knowledge in the science of education.
As an early career educator, I am keen to learn from more experienced colleagues about how to put on a good conference! As someone who lives and works in regional Victoria, Ottawa 2024 is a unique opportunity for my colleagues & I to get involved in best-practice Medical education.
The focus on assessment at this year’s conference is very timely. The pandemic presented both challenges and opportunities, but since then we seem to have kept some of these innovations while discarding others without much thought. And of course, A.I. is going to inevitably change the way we all do things in the coming years. It is a critical time for educators to be learning from and challenging each other in the area of assessment, and the Ottawa Conference is providing an opportunity for us to do exactly that.
The ‘Near and Far’ element of the Conference allows for younger voices to be heard at the conference. I know the organisers are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that there is a mix of ‘new and old’ in the presenters and formats. If we want to become better educators, it is crucial that we get to hear and learn from a mix of ideas and perspectives, and Ottawa is making this happen.
Dr Nidhi Garg
Nidhi is a neurologist and the academic lead in assessment for The University of Sydney’s MD program. She loves attending Ottawa conferences as it is reassuring to hear that we are all struggling with similar challenges in the field of assessment! She is looking forward to sharing ideas and discussions with colleagues at Ottawa 2024.
A/Prof Loretta Garvey
Associate Professor Loretta Garvey is leading assessment transformation at Federation University utilising her background as a registered nurse and prior in higher education experience in nursing and medicine. After attending her first Ottawa conference in 2014 and experiencing the depth of learning, collaboration, and quality presentation, she is excited to be involved in helping to create this for others at Ottawa2024.
A/Prof Conor Gilligan
Conor Gilligan is Chair of Assessment for the Joint Medical Program at the University of Newcastle and the Australian National Representative for the International Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH). Conor is looking forward to bringing these two areas together at Ottawa 2024, where delegates will have an opportunity to share, learn, and connect on assessment across a wide range of topics.
Dr Clare McNally
I am the inaugural Academic Lead for Assessment & Evaluation at the Melbourne Dental School and am leading an assessment reform project that aligns with the introduction of a new curriculum. We are building a new program of assessment following the lead of many of the assessment leaders who are part of the Ottawa Community.
I am very new to the Ottawa Community having attended my first Ottawa Conference in Lyon in 2023. I learned so much but didn’t meet many dental colleagues. I was fortunate to be in a workshop with Mary Lawson who described her vision to encourage more visibility of all the health professions at Ottawa 2024 and I was completely inspired.
Finding more of my people to continue to learn how to improve the assessment experience for staff and students. I am Melbourne (Naarm) born and bred and look forward to welcoming everyone to this beautiful part of the world.
Prof Anna Ryan
Professor Anna Ryan is Head of Department (Interim) and Director of Assessment in the Department of Medical Education at the University of Melbourne. Anna is a medical doctor and a chiropractor and with PhD in Medical Education. Anna’s overarching research interest is in the use of assessments to guide learning, while still supporting the traditional role assessments play in certifying competence and ensuring patient safety.
I’m most looking forward to an in person catchup with friends from around the world with everyone focused on my favourite topic – assessment!
A/Prof Pavla Simeska Taylor
I am the Assessment and Evaluation Lead in the Medicine Program at Griffith University and lead assessment design and development as well as collaboration with assessment benchmarking groups. My research projects include investigating how medical students engage in peer learning including medical students generated MCQ/OSCE stations, improving assessment and feedback to students and exploring relationships between medical students’ personal characteristics and their academic performance. I have been leading and supporting the integration and implementation of new assessment platforms and e-assessment strategies and have been awarded multiple awards including Innovators of the Year Award at the UQ Faculty of Medicine Excellence Award 2020.
I am excited to meet all assessment experts in person at Ottawa2024 and learn from others about the hot assessment topics and research in this area, meet colleagues and create new connections for future collaborations. Participating in Ottawa2024 will give you an opportunity to learn about current developments in assessment space, discuss assessment topics and most importantly connect with assessment focused health professionals.
Dr Mike Tweed
In September 2023, I moved from Otago Medical School and Te Whatu Ora Capital Coast Hutt Valley, New Zealand, to University of Queensland, Australia, to take up the role of MD Program Convenor within the Academy of Medical Education. My research interests relating to assessment are varied, currently my focus is on an individual’s self-monitoring, authenticity of assessment events to clinical practice, and developing systems of assessment.
I will be looking forward to Ottawa24, to meet again with friends, collaborators and colleagues, and benefit as a delegate to take the opportunity to learn of others ideas and work, meet new people and develop new ideas for assessment policy, practice and research. The greatest impact on me having attended every Ottawa Conferences since 2000 (mostly in-person), is the enlarging network of people I have met and continue to work with.
Brett graduated from the osteopathy program at Victoria University in 2002. He is currently a lecturer in the osteopathy program at Victoria University and is also in private practice in Doncaster East. His current professional roles are as the Chair of the Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council and member of the Executive Committee of the Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australasia. Brett is an Associate Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators.
His professional interests include clinical education, professional development, educational assessment and evaluation, and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
Brett is currently enrolled in a PhD exploring the quality of clinical teaching in osteopathy and is an active researcher in the osteopathic profession.
A/Prof Andy Wearn
Health professional educator and researcher, with clinical work in general practice. Has held programme leadership roles, including assessment. Wide educational interests, with assessment work focused on skills, progress testing and professionalism.
Ottawa has given me access to wise colleagues and opportunities to write and research collaboratively.
Scientific Review Group
The Scientific Review Group (SRG) are a truly interprofessional team who bring fresh insights and creativity to the selection of presentations for the conference programme. They are particularly excited about the range of formats available, including the PREP presentations designed to encourage and support emerging researchers in the field of assessment in health professional education.
Prof Julian Archer
Scientific Review Group Chair
I want to continue to support a community of practice and strengthen the engagement in clinical education research. Now that I am in an academic leadership position, I want to help others in their research. That’s why I accepted the invitation to Chair the Scientific Research Group for Ottawa2024.
Prof Eliza Archer
I was introduced to the committee via my Head of Department who was previously part of the organising committee.
A/Prof Peter Barton
I have been connected with undergraduate medical education since 1979 when I first taught students from Edinburgh University. I have been in Australia at Monash University since 2010. I have been fortunate to have worked with some gifted colleagues in both clinical medicine as a GP and as an academic dedicated to quality assuring assessment. Their enthusiasm and endeavour remains inspiring; I have never encountered cynical educators. We all know it’s a privilege to be involved alongside future colleagues that we usually consider to be brighter than in my day.
The greatest benefit is from meeting others who are at varying stages of seniority and who are all still trying to do their best. Take your inspiration from them and approach…approach.. approach any and all, without fear and ready to listen and learn.
Dr Dawn Dane
Dawn Dane (EdD) is the Head of Course at CQUniversity Chiropractic. She is excited to see educators from a wide field of professions getting together at the Ottawa24 conference to focus on the latest and greatest in assessment practice.
Vishna Devi Nadarajah
Vishna Devi Nadarajah is currently CEO and Vice Provost at Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia , a campus of Newcastle University UK. She is also Professor of Medical Education at Newcastle University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is also Visiting Professor at Surrey University UK and Adjunct Professor at International Medical University (IMU), Malaysia. She was also previously Professor in the School of Medicine and was Deputy-Vice Chancellor, Institutional Development and International at IMU. She is a member of the editorial and advisory board of the journals Medical Education and Clinical Teacher. She was awarded the ASME Gold for her contributions in Medical Education in 2023 , the National Private Educator Award in 2018, the Malaysian Womens Weekly, Great Women of Our Time award for her contribution in Science and Technology in 2012. She is currently on the Governing Committee of AMEE and Advisory Board of ABPSEA. Her areas of research for health professions education includes Faculty development, Assessments, Professionalism, and Innovative Teaching Learning methods.
Dr Melanie Farlie
I am a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Education Research Fellow in the Monash Centre for Scholarship in Health Education (MCSHE), both at Monash University. I teach research methods to final-year physiotherapy students and research how we can best prepare students for clinical practice. I am particularly interested in authentic assessment practice and using assessment for learning at critical transition points in health professional careers. I am excited to be involved in the Ottawa24 conference as a way to contribute to the advancements in educational assessment practice to prepare students for practice across health professions.
Prof Richard Fuller
I’m a Professor of Medicine and Education in the UK, with a scholarship portfolio centred around assessment and technology focusing on doing ‘better assessment’ to support improved outcomes for learners, faculty and patients. I practice clinically as a stroke physician and support a number of UK and international institutions as an education advisor.
Attending Ottawa conference impact: Attending Ottawa has always felt like being part of an incredible community of colleagues, generous in their advice and support for each other; curious and critical in their efforts to improve assessment.
Kathy has worked as a senior health manager and educator for 15 years. Her experience in assessment has developed with her management of the Workplace Based Assessment Program for IMGs for over 10 years, coordination of professional development opportunities for senior clinicians, and facilitation of the Teaching on the Run Program. She is a District Medical Program Manager and contributes to the leadership, direction and support of the medical workforce across a range of initiatives including education, workforce planning, retention, wellbeing, resource management, communication platforms, stakeholder and relationship management.
“I love the Ottawa conference whether it is in Australia or overseas as I always learn from what’s happening in assessment around the world compared with what we’re doing locally”
A/Prof Dan Malone
I am the Director of the Pharmacy degree at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and as such am responsible for the education of over 1000 undergraduate pharmacy students. I am a registered pharmacist and completed my PhD in neuropharmacology in 2000. In addition to numerous university and faculty teaching awards, I have won an Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, and in 2022 I led a team that won the American Associated Colleges of Pharmacy Innovation in Teaching Award, the first time this has been awarded to a team outside of the USA. My research focuses on exploring ways to improve the education of pharmacy students, in particular regarding authentic assessment methods, improving cultural capability and professionalism in pharmacy students. I have published over 50 papers in well-respected peer reviewed journals.
Prof Lambert Schuwirth
I am originally trained as an MD but have been a full time medical education research and developer since over 30 years. I’m currently Prof of medical education at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. I still enjoy research in health professions education, and assessment specifically.
I was asked to join the group, and I jumped at the opportunity because I’m excited about having Ottawa conference in Australia.
I’m looking forward to attending Ottawa 2024 because this must be the most exciting time to be in health professions education and assessment, with so many rapid changes and disruptions taking place. This keeps you on your toes and challenges your experience and knowledge to come up with new ways of assessing.
Dr Joanna Tai
I’m currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University. My background was originally medicine, and I am now firmly entrenched in health professional and higher education research. The Ottawa conference (in Miami, 2010) was my first ever academic conference, and I’m excited to be involved for Ottawa 2024 since it means I can contribute to shaping the inclusive nature of the conference, and promote academic excellence. I’m most looking forward to meeting with and hearing from health professional educators who are also as interested in assessment and feedback as I am.
Assistant Professor Carmel Tepper is the Academic Assessment Lead for Bond University Medical Program. She is responsible for assessment governance, strategy, implementation, assessment technologies and faculty development in assessment across five years of the Medical Program.
I am one of those strange people who can’t wait to immerse in all things assessment – and talk about assessment – for days!
Delegates to Ottawa will be exposed to so many smart ideas and innovations from the global community that know and love assessment – they will go home with a head full of ideas on how to adapt these to their own program of assessment.
Not only has Ottawa given me fresh ideas to implement at Bond, it has reassured me that other assessment practices and processes remain highly valued best practice. The crucial components of assessment like decision-making/progression rules, standard setting/cut scores and quality assurance of assessment can always be improved upon – and Ottawa is where you hear about it first.
A/Prof Caroline Wright
A/Prof Caroline Wright – Director of Education School of Primary and Allied Health Care , Monash University
I am looking forward to learning more about how we can engage both students and health consumers in assessment.
It will be exciting to be involved in the discussions in the PhD & early career Researchers Explore your ideas Pavilion, this opportunity for shared learning is such a valuable addition to the conference.
Prof Justin Yeung
Professor Justin Yeung is head of the Department of Surgery, Western Precinct, University of Melbourne and is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
I am most looking forwards to connecting with similar minded clinicians and learning from their experience
International Advisory Group
The International Advisory Group (IAG) includes both extensive experience of and passion for assessment in health professional education. The membership is drawn from 10 countries across 5 continents bringing a truly global perspective to 21st Ottawa. conference in Melbourne.
A/Prof Brownell Anderson
Brownell Anderson (Brownie) served as Vice President, International Programs at the National Board of Medical Examiners, USA for a decade and retired in 2021. In this capacity, she worked with medical school faculty around the world to better align curriculum outcomes with student assessments and worked with organizations to improve certification of healthcare professionals and foster a “culture of assessment” internationally. Prior to joining the NBME, Brownie worked for 27 years at the Association of American Medical Colleges where she served as the Senior Director for Educational Programs.
Brownie was on the faculty of the Arabian Gulf University for several years and has worked with the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). She has published numerous articles on medical education and spoken and taught in many countries and at many national and international conferences. She is the editor of “Really Good Stuff”, the bi-yearly section of the journal, Medical Education.
Each Ottawa conference I have attended has afforded me the chance to meet new people, to hear important new perspectives about assessment and medical education, has given me new ideas, and inspired my research and my work. The conference provides the chance to reconnect with friends and explore new cities.
Prof Katharine Boursicot
An O&G specialist turned medical educator, I have been involved in assessment for 30 years, with a particular focus on the assessment of clinical competence, evolution of OSCEs and workplace-based assessment (WBA). Now sharing my expertise via consultancy, workshops, courses and tailored faculty development, via my company Health Professional Assessment Consultancy (HPAC).
Ottawa conferences have always been a highlight of my conference calendar, as it’s the forum in which I have most learnt about evidence-based developments in assessment. It’s also where you meet the great assessment experts, thinkers and researchers, make connections and nurture friendships.
Looking forward to catching up with friends and colleagues, hearing about the latest discourses in assessment.
Prof Sandra Carr
I became involved with the international advisory group for Ottawa 2024 because of the fantastic experience of being involved in the Ottawa/ANZAHPE 2016 conference in Perth. Ottawa brings together a focused sharing of research and practice as they relate to the quality of assessment experiences for learners and educators. I am most interested in seeing how authentic assessment in health professions education can help us to combat the challenges of AI into the future.
Prof Kevin Eva
Dr. Kevin Eva is Associate Director and Scientist in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship, and Professor and Director of Educational Research and Scholarship in the Department of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia. He completed his PhD in Cognitive Psychology (McMaster University) in 2001 and became Editor-in-Chief for the journal Medical Education in 2008.
I am a medical student from the Maharashtra Institute of Medical Education and Research, Pune, India. I became the Liaison Officer for Medical Education Issues at the International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA) representing 1.3 million medical students from 139 countries and have been working in Medical Education for over four years now. I aim to pursue a career in medical education and work towards innovations in learning strategies and methods to promote meaningful student involvement within the system.
As a student representative, I was amazed at the amount of innovation and advancements that have been made in assessment in health professional education. The Ottawa Conference provides an ideal platform for students to learn about assessment. As an IAG member, I plan to create a space for learners to actively contribute to the agenda and engage with leading educators and experts in the field.
Prof Ronald Harden
I am Editor-in-Chief of Medical Teacher, Professor Emeritus of Medical Education at University of Dundee, and formerly General Secretary of AMEE. As Co-Founder of the Ottawa Conferences with Ian Hart in 1985, I am proud that almost 40 years later, the Conferences continue to thrive and to provide a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas in assessment in health professions education.
At Ottawa 2024 I am particularly looking forward to hearing about innovations in assessment from around the world, and to how we can meet the ever-increasing assessment challenges through collaborating and sharing ideas.
The International Advisory Group has been an inspiration and is helping to shape an exciting programme for Ottawa2024. For me, on a professional note, I’m most looking forward to the breadth of contemporary assessment topics that the keynote speakers will address at Ottawa2024 and the associated challenges they will pose to all of us as delegates from near and far. And personally I can’t wait to welcome colleagues from near and far to Melbourne.
I am now Managing Editor of Medical Teacher. In my former role of Operations Director of AMEE I have been closely involved in the organisation of the Ottawa Conferences since 2010, but this time I’m looking forward to taking part in Ottawa 2024 as a participant rather than as an organiser. With such a diverse range of participants from all over the world and with differing levels of expertise in assessment and evaluation, it’s an exciting challenge to prepare a programme to meet all needs, but one at which I’m sure Ottawa 2024 will excel. I’m also excited to be visiting Melbourne again!
Dr John Norcini
I am an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Academy of Medical Educators, a Research Professor, SUNY Upstate Medical University, a Fellow in Presence (a Center at Stanford Medical School), and President Emeritus of FAIMER.
I am looking forward to learning about new trends in assessment, meeting old friends, and making new friends.
Gominda Ponnamperuma has served as an invited speaker and resource person in many international symposia and conferences. Author of several journal articles and books, he sits on the editorial boards of four international medical education journals. Gominda, who has served as an advisor, visiting professor, consultant and fellow in several academic institutes of repute, is a founding co-chair of the Asia Pacific Medical Education Network (APME-Net). He is a postgraduate tutor, examiner, and resource material developer for national and international medical education courses. His research interests are in assessment (including selection for training), and curriculum development and evaluation.
Prof David Prideaux
David Prideaux is Emeritus Professor of Medical Education and former Head of Health Professional Education at Flinders University, Adelaide Australia. He is currently a Director and Chair of the Assessment Committee of the Australian Medical Council (AMC)
Ottawa Conferences have had a big impact on me. I really enjoy going to conferences which are solely devoted to assessment. It’s where the ‘big ideas’ really get a run. I rely on Ottawa to keep up!
Prof Gary Rogers
Professor Gary D. Rogers is a health professions educational leader, learning and teaching scholar, public health researcher and medical doctor with a focus on HIV medicine. He is Professor of Medical Education and Dean of the School of Medicine at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. Gary is a former President of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) and was a member of the Executive Committee of AMEE, the international association for health professional education, from 2013 to 2019. Gary’s educational research focuses on the affective learning associated with the acquisition of professional and interprofessional values among health professional students, as well as widening access to health professional education as a health workforce strategy.
Gary led process to develop the Ottawa consensus statement on the Assessment of Interprofessional Learning Outcomes and always enjoys the deep and critical debate about assessment approaches that the Ottawa conference enables.
Dr Marcy Rosenbaum
Marcy Rosenbaum is Professor of Family Medicine and Faculty Development Consultant for the Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and also immediate Past-President of EACH: International Association for Communication in Healthcare. She has been actively involved in teaching, curriculum development and conducting research on clinician-patient communication and health professions education for the more than 30 years.
I am most looking forward to the myriad opportunities at Ottawa 2024 for newer and more seasoned scholars to share and generate ideas to continue to explore and enhance assessment in health professions education at all levels.
Prof Julian Smith
Julian Smith, MBMS, MSurgEd, FRACS, FACS, is Professor and Head of the Department of Surgery (School of Clinical Sciences) at Monash University and Senior Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Monash Health (Victorian Heart Hospital) in Melbourne, Australia. He has been a leader in undergraduate teaching and postgraduate training in surgery in general and in cardiothoracic surgery in particular with a strong interest in curriculum development and assessment.
Ottawa2024 will provide me with a comprehensive update on the basis for and the contemporary methods of assessment with relevance to surgical education and training.
Prof Yvonne Steinert
Yvonne Steinert is a clinical psychologist, professor of Family Medicine and Health Sciences Education, and the Richard and Sylvia Cruess Chair in Medical Education at McGill University. She was formerly the founding Director of the Institute of Health Sciences Education at the same institution.
Yvonne believes that all faculty members need to learn how to best assess learners at all levels of the educational continuum in a meaningful way. The Ottawa Conference is the perfect venue for learning, connecting, and being inspired.
Dr Dave Swanson
Over the course of his long career, Dave Swanson has worked broadly on development of medical licensure and certification examinations. He has co-authored and presented hundreds of papers on assessment of medical decision making with multiple-choice tests and clinical simulations; measurement of clinical and communication skills with real and standardized patients; patterns of performance on admissions, licensure, in-training, and certification examinations; selection of medical students and residents, and use of generalizability theory in design and analysis of performance-based tests. He has also conducted dozens of assessment-related workshops at medical schools, specialty boards, and health professions conferences nationally and internationally. In 2011, he was awarded the Richard Farrow Gold Medal by the Association for the Study of Medical Education in the United Kingdom for contributions to medical education. He was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in 2014 and received the AERA Division I (Education in the Professions) Distinguished Career Award in 2018. He currently holds an honorary professorial appointment in the Department of Medical Education at the University of Melbourne.
I have attended every Ottawa Conference to date and presented at most of them. The Ottawa Conferences have been a crucial and rewarding part of my career development activities. Ian Hart, in particular, was a mentor and good friend, and I have been privileged to serve on the Award Committee honouring his memory and his many contributions to medical education.
Prof Ian Martin Symonds
I became involved because I have a long-standing interest in assessment in medical education and was approached by the conference lead Mary Lawson at the AMEE conference in France last year about being on the IAG.
I am most looking forward to hearing the latest evidence on new approaches to assessment and having the opportunity to network with recognised world experts in this field.
We are keen to know how the impact of generative AI is being managed in different centres around the world and get some sense of the impact this is having on the way students learn.
Prof Pim Teunissen
Prof. Pim Teunissen, leads the School of Health Professions Education (SHE) at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He combines his work as SHE director with clinical work as a gynecologist at Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+). He is most looking forward to meeting people at Ottawa24 with a diversity of perspectives and expertise on assessment in health professions education.