Cathy Smith

Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and National SP Training Consultant for the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC)

Cathy SmithCathy is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.  She also consults with various organizations, including the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC).  She has worked in health professional education for over twenty years, teaching in diverse educational, training and assessment settings, ranging from undergraduate to continuing education programs.  She focuses on helping learners work experientially to integrate the principles of patient-centered communication and other professional behaviours into their practice, often through simulated patient methodologies.

She is part of the team that created the web-based Communication and Cultural Competence Program and the Medical Literacy Program, resources for internationally trained physicians.  For these programs, the team received the Ruedy Award (Canadian Association of Faculties of Medicine) for innovation in medical education and the Blizzard Award (Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) for outstanding teaching.  Cathy was also the recipient of the 2103 Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) Outstanding Educator Award and the 2014 SIMone Simulation Citizen of the Year award.  At the PEBC, Cathy is part of a team that develops SP roles and training protocols. In addition, she provides ongoing support to the distributed national SP training team for high-stakes, national licensure OSCEs.

Cathy has a PhD in drama from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Wilson Centre for Research in Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.  She is on the ASPE Board of Directors and is the current Conference Chair.  She presents frequently at national and international conferences and has recently co-authored two chapters – “The dramatic arts and simulation” and “Simulated Patient Methodology and Assessment” – in Simulated Patient Methodology: Theory, Evidence and Practice (edited by Nestel and Bearman,  2015).

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