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Distributed education a focus for new assistant dean of faculty development

Published: September 6 , 2006
Denise-Marshall
Denise Marshall is the new assistant dean of the Program for Faculty Development.


Denise Marshall, an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and director of the Division of Palliative Care, has been appointed assistant dean of the Program for Faculty Development, effective Sept. 1.

Marshall joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in 1992, after completing her undergraduate MD, a residency in family medicine and a palliative care residency all through McMaster University.

In her new role, Marshall will oversee a system that identifies the needs and objectives, and enhances the visibility of faculty development as a core mission of the Faculty. A particular emphasis during the next several years will focus on faculty development for distributed and interprofessional educational initiatives.

With clinical interests in the area of systems planning and new program development in palliative care, Marshall is involved in a variety of scholarly and professional activities. She is the chair of the McMaster Continuing Medical Education Palliative care programs, director of the West Lincoln Palliative Care Team, and a member of the steering committees of the inaugural Hamilton End of Life Care Network and the Niagara End of Life Care Network. She is also on the Undergraduate Committee, Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, and is the inaugural chair of both the Niagara West Community Hospice and the McMaster EFPPEC program (education future physicians in palliative/end of life care).

Over the past 14 years, Marshall’s interest in undergraduate and graduate medical education has grown to include interdisciplinary health science teaching, and all levels of palliative care and family medicine. She was undergraduate director for Family Medicine from 2000 to 2004, and since 2005 has served as interprofessional clinical liaison for the Faculty of Health Sciences, interprofessional co-ordinator of Mac-CARE, and as a member of the MD program COMPASS curriculum steering committee.

In 2004, Marshall received the John C. Sibley Award that recognizes excellence, initiative and sustained commitment among part-time faculty members.

She is actively publishing and is currently principal investigator or co-investigator on grants in excess of $1 million.

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