Dr. Justin Hall: 2020 Kristin Sivertz Resident Leadership Award recipient
Dr. Justin Hall was the chief resident of emergency medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. With an MBA, Master of Public Health, Diploma in High Performance Coaching and many other academic achievements to his credit, Dr. Hall’s colleagues describe him as “the finest blend of intellectual and emotional intelligence.”
Dr. Hall is a leader in his generation of medical learners. He has demonstrated time and again his dedication to improving and promoting medical education, advancing the medical profession, and improving resident wellness. To work toward these goals, he has continuously sought opportunities to enhance his skills, including participating in the U of T’s Emergency Medicine Competence by Design sub-committee, the Postgraduate Medical Education Board of Examiners, and the Learner Complaint Investigation Committee, to name just a few.
Facilitating a smooth transition to CBME
As his program transitioned to competency based medical education, Dr. Hall went above and beyond to ensure a smooth transition, creating an electronic Q&A forum for residents, advocating for a user-friendly evaluation tool, and preparing resident and faculty training videos on formative and summative assessments. As chief resident, Dr. Hall built leadership, advocacy and wellness curricula for his peers – all areas where his colleagues perceived gaps in training. As one example, he secured funding for a field trip to an Indigenous reserve so residents could hear about the role historical injustices have played in the health-seeking behaviours of Indigenous peoples and their overall health status.
Active on multiple fronts
Dr. Hall is active on many PGME and Royal College committees, including the Royal College Fellowship Affairs Committee, the Royal College Task Force on Periodic Reaffirmation of Professional Competence, the U of T PGME Board of Examiners, and the Toronto Academic Health Science Network Escalation of Care Task Force, as just a small sample.
He uses his advocacy and leadership as a basis for innovation in scholarly activities, and inspires other residents to do the same. Having made more than 20 presentations on medical education and quality improvement at national and international conferences, and having produced more than 10 peer-reviewed manuscripts during his residency, Dr. Hall has become a “go-to” media commentator. He has been interviewed on CBC Radio many times, and by Maclean’s magazine.
Above all, Dr. Hall’s achievements serve as a model for his peers. His contributions have been far-reaching, helping build a foundation for future improvements to residency education and development.
Dr. Hall will be recognized and celebrated during the virtual ICRE series on November 18, 2020.