Lecturer, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Associate Director, Standardised Patient Program, University of Toronto
Diana Tabak has been a standardized patient educator at the University of Toronto for over 25 years, working closely with faculty in medicine, pharmacy, and other health professions in design and development of educational and training programs using clinical simulations. She has received teaching and educational development awards and has collaborated in a variety of teaching and educational research projects. She has consulted internationally on the design and development of SP programs and SP methodology at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad; the International Centre for Health Sciences, Manipal, India; Charité Medical School, Berlin; Jordan University of Science and Technology and Amman University, Jordan and most recently as part of the Medical Advice, Quality and Absenteeism in Rural India (MAQARI) and the Institute of Socio-Economic Research on Development and Democracy (ISERDD) in Delhi and other World Bank funded projects in Serbia.
Ms Tabak is the Director of Educational Interventions for an initiative funded by Health Canada and administered through the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Government of Ontario the Standardized Patient Program was awarded significant funding to create a program to assist internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) in better integrating in the Canadian workforce. The goal of this project is to support already licensed health professionals (or those who have failed to license and are re-aligning professional goals) integrate more successfully into the Ontario workforce. To date five e-learning modules have been developed for the creation of a comprehensive, dynamic and current repository of practice eligible material for IEHPs to use for professional development throughout their careers.
Ms Tabak is a consultant to the Committee on Examinations – Family Medicine Simulated Office Orals (SOOs), College of Family Physicians of Canada, (2000-present). She is a member of The Family Violence Committee, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, 1998-present and the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) 1999-present and Chair of the Special Interest Group on Hybrid Simulation. ASPE 2014-present.