Dr. Oandasan's main focus of research has been in health profession education, specifically interprofessional education and family medicine education. She was the project lead for the literature review and environmental scan for Health Canada's Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Patient Centered Practice Initiative in 2004, and a literature review on Effective Teamwork for the Canadian Health Sciences Research Foundation in 2005. Both projects created seminal documents used nationally and internationally to advance interprofessional education and inteprofessional care.
- Educating health professionals for interprofessional collaborationThe development of the theoretical framework to describe the link between education and practice described as interprofessionality has been cited by the American Inteprofessional Education Collaborative influencing the development of the US interprofessional competency framework. Her research, funded by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to develop an approach to teach the CanMEDS Collaborator Role in 2005 led to the creation of the ehpic (Educating Health Professionals for Interprofessional Collaboration) Faculty Development Leadership Course, which is now housed in the Centre for Interprofessional Education at the University of Toronto and implemented annually since 2006. Variations of this course have been shared across Canada, the United States, Denmark and Saudi Arabia. Her latest research exploring the cultural factors that influence successful interprofessional education within clinical settings informed the development of a quality assurance tool entitled the IP Compass, now used across Canada. Leveraging her qualitative research skills, she has explored key concepts for teaching health advocacy in medical education, developed a core competency framework for Family Practice Nurses, and has advanced theoretical concepts related to academic leadership in family medicine. She values the impact of her research on direct application into advancing change in health professions education and shifts in policy. Dr. Oandasan has numerous peer-reviewed publications as senior/principal author and has successfully acquired approximately $6 million of peer-reviewed grant funding since 2000. For her scholarship and leadership in health professions education, Dr. Oandasan has received numerous national and provincial awards.
Clinician Investigator, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute (TGHRI)
Clinician-Educator/Researcher, Wilson Centre for Research in Education, University of Toronto
Associate Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Associate Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
Associate Director, Academic Family Medicine, College of Family Physicians of Canada