Canadian Journal of General Internal Medicine Editorial Board
James Dockets, MD, BSc, FRCP
Dr. James Douketis is Staff Physician in Vascular Medicine and General Internal Medicine at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, and Professor of Medicine at McMaster University.
He received his M.D. and did his residency in internal medicine at the University of Toronto followed by a thrombosis fellowship at McMaster University.
Dr. Douketis’ research interests include: perioperative antithrombotic therapy and guideline development (2008, 2012, and 2018 ACCP Guidelines); prevention, treatment and prognosis of patients with venous thromboembolism.
Dr. Douketis is President of Thrombosis Canada (www.thrombosiscanada.ca), Associate Editor of Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Deputy Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine Journal Club, and Editor of Canadian Journal of General Internal Medicine, and has over 300 peer-reviewed publications.
Jim lives in Hamilton with his wife, Dr. Margaret Nowaczyk, a clinical geneticist, and two sons, Jack and Luke, and is a cellist with Symphony-on-the Bay.
Ranjani Krishnan Aiyar
Dr. Ranjani Krishnan Aiyar completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the Foothills Hospital, University of Calgary, Alberta. She has been working as a community General Internist in Mississauga, Ontario for the past five years. Her practice mainly involves outpatient management with a focus on Diabetes, Hypertension and Dyslipidemia, and other undifferentiated cases in internal medicine.
Dr. Aiyar's past experience includes a residency training in Internal Medicine from the University of Mumbai, India. She worked as a Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the Topiwala National Medical College, BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai for five years, which gave her an opportunity to teach medical students and residents along with patient care.
Dr. Aiyar was a Resident representative for the CSIM for two years, and participated in the Annual meeting working Committee. She has been on the Editorial Board for the CJGIM since 2011, and reviews two articles per year. She also participated at the CJGIM Annual Editorial board meetings, and is a member of the CSIM, ACP, SGIM & API.
Hershl Berman, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Hershl Berman Graduated from Queen’s University Medicine in 1998. After studying core Medicine there he finished his General Internal Medicine training in London Ontario. In 2002-3 he added a fellowship in Palliative Medicine at the University of Toronto.
From 2003-2012 he attended on a clinical teaching unit at the University Health Network / Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, and provided in-patient palliative care support until 2007, after which he divided his time between inpatient GIM and home Palliative Care. In 2013 he moved to a full-time position at the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital. There he provides home-based care for patients and coordinates the home-based education rotations for medical students and residents.
He is currently the course coordinator for the second year lectures in End of Life Care and has played a role in migrating the content of that week to the new medical school curriculum at the University of Toronto. He has lectured on palliative care topics in a number of cities in Ontario and in 2016 accepted an invitation to present 2 talks on Palliative Care in Canada in Shihezi, China. His current research focus is introducing Point of Care Ultrasound into the home palliative care setting.
Dr. Berman is very interested in health care and social policy. In 2015 he stood as a candidate in the Federal election, and he has since then provided feedback and support to Parliamentarians on health-related topics such as Medical Aid in Dying.
Donald Ehechberg, BSc, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC, FACP
Dr. Donald Echenberg is currently an Associate Professor of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sherbrooke. He completed his undergraduate studies at McGill University and did his residency training in internal medicine at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal from 1976 to 1980. He has been a recognized Royal College subspecialist in General Internal Medicine (GIM) since 2014.
He is a longstanding member of the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine (CSIM) Council, was president of the CSIM from 2005 until 2007 and as such was one of the founding members of the Canadian Journal of General Internal Medicine (CJGIM). He was instrumental in ensuring that the CJGIM and the CSIM develop and maintain a bilingual status.
He was Governor of the Quebec Chapter of the American College of Physicians form 2010 until 2015.
His professional interests include thromboembolic disease, cardiovascular disease including the management of atrial fibrillation, clinical examination, disease prevention, medical education, and the teaching and promotion of communication, collaboration, and leadership. He is currently Chair of the Anticoagulation Committee and Medical Director of the Anticoagulation Clinic at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke where he practices and teaches GIM. He has been GIM division head since 2013.
Bert Govig, MD
Dr. Govig Studied Zoology and Religion at Duke University and completed Medical School and IM residency at McGill University. He spent a mid career sabbatical at the University of Oslo, studying nutrition interventions in public settings, and completed a MPH at Harvard University focussing on clinical effectiveness and nutrition interventions.
He has worked as a community general internists for 23 years in Amos, Québec in a varied practice that includes, Critical Care, Bronchoscopy, Echocardiography, Pacemaker/ICD/RCT management, Allergy, and Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab.
His leadership roles include:
• Founder: The Coalition for the Acquisition of Sound Habits - CASH.
• Past president of the CSIM
• Current VP CSIM Health Promotion Committee
• Current Chair GIM Exam Board for the Royal College
Awards include: Duke University President's Leadership Award, RCPSC - Detweiller Travelling Fellowship, Hui Lee Scholar, James H Ware Award, GIM Founder Status (RCPSC), and the CSIM Osler Award.
Suzanne N. Morin, MD, MSc, FRCP, FACP
Dr. Suzanne Morin graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Université Laval de Québec, did her Internal Medicine specialty training and obtained a Master’s in epidemiology and biostatistics from McGill University, where she is now Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, member of the divisions of General Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Clinical Epidemiology and scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center. She is co-director of the Clinical Scholar Program for the GIM training program and member of the MUHC Clinical Practice Assessment Unit.
Dr. Morin’s research program includes the evaluation of health-related outcomes of osteoporosis, and implementation of health system improvement initiatives for patients who have sustained fractures such as secondary fracture prevention, pain management and functional recovery. She also studies the pathogenesis of bisphosphonate-associated atypical femur fractures and safety of calcium supplements on vascular health in postmenopausal women. She is a scholar from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec en Santé, and has received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and other peer-reviewed agencies. Since 2015, she chairs the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada.
Linda Snell, MD MHPE FRCPC MACP
Dr. Linda Snell is a Professor of Medicine and Core Faculty member of the Centre for Medical Education, McGill University. She completed her undergraduate and medical education at the University of Alberta, her internal medicine residency at McGill University, and has a Master's degree in Medical Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. At McGill University she has served as Co-director of the MHPE (Master’s program in health professions education), Vice Chair (Education) in the Department of Medicine, Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, Director of the Undergraduate Internal Medicine program, Program Director of the General Internal Medicine Fellowship program, Director of the Postgraduate Core Competencies program, and Associate Physician-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre.
At the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Dr. Snell is Senior Clinician Educator for CanMEDS. She is currently co-chair of the International Conference on Residency Education, leads the College initiative Latin American Conference on Residency Education, led the CanMEDS 2015 Professional expert working group and was co-editor of the CanMEDS 2015 Framework and Milestones Guide, and is the lead for faculty development for the Competence by Design project. She has served on the Royal College Internal Medicine Specialty Committee, as an examiner in 3 specialties, and as organizer of the early medical education conferences.
She has also been President of the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine, Quebec Governor of the American College of Physicians and has served on the executive of the Canadian Association of Medical Education. She has contributed to both the AFMC and Royal College ‘Future of Medical Education in Canada’ papers on Professionalism, Resident-as-Teacher, Competency-based Education, Faculty Development and Generalism.
Dr. Snell is active in teaching, education leadership and education research at all levels of medical training. Her current research and education interests include: advanced training for clinician-educators; learning, teaching & assessing CanMEDS competencies, in particular the Roles of Professional, Leader and Scholar (teacher); leadership in medicine and medical education; and education scholarship. She has received teaching and education awards, and presented workshops and invited lectures across Canada and internationally. Dr Snell has a busy internal medicine practice.
Matthieu Touchette, MD, FRCPC, FACP
Dr. Matthieu Touchette graduated in Internal Medicine from the Université de Sherbrooke and since received his diploma in General Internal Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He also did a fellowship in perioperative medicine at the Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris. He then joined the faculty at the Faculté de Médecine et des Sciences de la Santé at the University de Sherbrooke, where he is now a full professor. He practices general internal medicine at the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS. He is active in teaching and since 2016 he has been appointed as Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education. He is also active in promoting general internal medicine at the provincial level by implicating himself in the Association des Spécialistes en Médecine Interne du Québec.
Mr. Ben Wilson is a general internist at the Peter Lougheed Centre (PLC) in Calgary, Alberta. He is a passionate clinical educator. Ben is actively involved in the University of Calgary Internal Medicine Residency Program and is the Medical Teaching Unit Director at the PLC. He strives to bring medicine back to the bedside and away from the screenside. His clinical interests are critical care and diagnostic dilemmas.
To retain his critical care skills, Mr. Wilson works as a part-time ICU outreach physician and is also a regular ICU locum at the Northern Lights Regional Hospital in Fort McMurray. In addition, he is interested in clinical reasoning and the acquisition of clinical expertise.