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Hematology prof to head postgraduate medical education program

Published: June 22, 2016
Parveen Wasi
Parveen Wasi

Dr. Parveen Wasi has a passion for postgraduate medical education — it's been the focus of her 22-year career as a professor of hematology.

She believes that it is a responsibility for all who teach and supervise residents to deliver the highest quality education to new physicians, as this will impact their future patients' health and well-being.

Now Wasi will be the assistant dean of the Postgraduate Medical Education Program of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, beginning July 1.

"I feel excited, lucky and honoured to be appointed to this position," said Wasi. "McMaster postgraduate education is known for its strong culture of collegiality, support and collaboration amongst residents and faculty. I am really looking forward to working with our amazing program directors here at McMaster for continued success of residency training."

Wasi has been a faculty member of the Department of Medicine since 1995, and a staff hematologist at Hamilton Health Sciences since 1994. She served as program director of internal medicine from 2000 to 2011, and during that time the program expanded from 36 residents to more than 80.

Under her lead, internal medicine received the Program of the Year Award from the Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Ontario (PAIRO) and had two successful accreditations, one in which the program was called a "gold standard" program.

Wasi is a graduate of Memorial University's medical program ('87). Her internal medicine residency was at Memorial and McMaster, followed by hematology at McMaster.

Since then, Dr. Wasi has become an active and prominent member of a number of organizations, and currently she is the chair of the Royal College Residency Accreditation Committee.

"Parveen will be an outstanding assistant dean for the program," said Dr. Alan Neville, associate dean of Health Professional Education.

"She is a proven leader in postgraduate education. She has an unmatched ability to empower, mentor and encourage students, residents and faculty, and she has a keen eye for educational needs."

Wasi has promoted scholarly and research activity within postgraduate education, as well as faculty development.

She says her passion for postgraduate education comes from her experiences working with residents.

"It is truly a privilege to contribute to and help guide the professional growth of our future physicians and it is immensely rewarding to see them succeed. I have been so lucky to work with many outstanding residents who not only worked on their own professional development but helped to shape the educational experiences in their program."

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