Life After HRM - Academic/Clinical Panel

Are you looking to learn more about academic or clinical careers post-graduation? Join us to hear from graduates of the Health Research Methodology program as they discuss their career paths and the challenges and successes they have experienced since graduating. Our panel of alumni will provide insight into their individual journeys and offer advice on how to successfully transition from grad school to the academic/clinical workforce. 


Dr. John Lee '13 is Head of the Division of Rhinology and Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto based out of St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto.  He completed his residency training at the University of Toronto before pursuing an advanced fellowship in rhinology and endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lee’s clinical and academic focus is in advanced rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery.  He has a masters degree in health research methodology and has authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications, 14 book chapters and 1 textbook related to this field.  In addition to his research interests, Dr. Lee is active in teaching undergraduate and post-graduate trainees and has previously won both “Resident Teacher of the Year” from his department and also an Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award from the Provincial Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO).

Dr. Amanda Baskwill '14 '19 is the Senior Vice President, Academic, and Chief Learning Officer, at Loyalist College; and Executive Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.  She is a higher education leader who values curiosity, compassion, flexibility, and excellence. Dr. Baskwill's research interests include innovative teaching and learning strategies in healthcare education, the professional identity of healthcare providers, the application of evidence-informed practice, and the safety and effectiveness of massage therapy in the treatment of various conditions. She is passionate about leading innovations in teaching and learning and writing about compelling and challenging topics across her areas of interest.

Isabella Churchill '20 is an incoming plastic surgery resident at McMaster University. She is currently completing her final year of medical school at the University of Ottawa. Prior to embarking on her medical degree, she obtained a masters in Health Research Methodology (Classic Stream) from McMaster University, solidifying her research acumen. Throughout her academic journey, she has been recognized for her outstanding achievements with numerous awards, and her research has led to several peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences nationally and  internationally. In addition to her research endeavours, Isabella is committed to fostering the next generation of medical professionals through mentorship and leadership roles.

Dr. Kevin Kennedy ’22 is a graduate from HRM with a specialization in health technology assessment. He is the CEO of Korrelate Inc, a data science and integrated technology development company and a Post doctoral Health System Impact Fellow at UBC in the School of Population and Public Health. Dr. Kennedy’s research applies decision science to support informing medical decisions for individuals, patient populations, and health service delivery. His current project is in collaboration with Canadian Blood Services, studying general population preferences for blood plasma donation across Canada. He teaches health economics for MHA students and decision science to MSc students at UBC.

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