Royal College selects Dr. Brian Hodges as next President-Elect

December 10, 2021 | Author: Royal College Staff

Brian Hodges, MD, FRCPC, PhD, has been appointed as the Royal College’s new President-Elect. In this new role, he aims to champion the Royal College’s emerging work in technology and education science and support the organization’s commitment to advance equity, diversity and inclusion for its Fellows, staff and in patient care.

Brian Hodges, MD, FRCPC, PhD

“The Royal College has long been a champion for the highest quality of medical education and now has an opportunity to amplify for Fellows, learners and the public the role of specialty medicine in a health care system under duress,” he explains. “While the pandemic created a crisis to which Canadian health care professionals have responded with determination, and while the post-pandemic years will require recovery and healing, we also have a rare opportunity for health care and education reform.”

Dr. Hodges is the executive vice-president of education and chief medical officer at the University Health Network, one of Canada’s largest health care systems incorporating the Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab hospitals, and the Michener Institute of Education. At the University of Toronto, he is a professor in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health as well as a senior fellow at Massey College. He is senior strategy advisor to the charitable organization AMS Healthcare and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Dr. Hodges is a practising psychiatrist, teacher and researcher. His research focuses on assessment, competence, compassion and the future of the health professions. In 2019, he was selected as the Royal College’s Professor-in-Residence, a program in which a renowned expert joins the organization’s leadership team to examine a critical health policy issue — in this case exploring the impact of emerging technology, including artificial intelligence, on health care education.

Dr. Hodges has been a member of Royal College Council since 2015 and has served on many Royal College committees, including the Committee on Specialty Education, the Finance and Audit Committee. He has also served as chair of the Examination Committee and current chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. He was a member of the recent Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and chair of the Task Force on Research.

Dr. Hodges will assume the President-Elect role on February 24, 2022.