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Maya Harel-Sterling

Title: Staff Physician, Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Alternate Contact Name: Kelly Sobie
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U of T Positions: Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics

Learning Positions

Assistant Program Director, Point-of-Care Ultrasound Program, Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine


Dr. Maya Harel-Sterling is a paediatric emergency medicine physician at SickKids and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She completed her PEM fellowship and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) fellowship training at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). She completed a master’s program in Health Practitioner Teacher Education through the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She is currently the Assistant Director for the POCUS Program and is leading POCUS training initiatives for the PEM fellows. Her academic and research interests are in medical education, especially as it relates to competency setting and education in point-of-care ultrasound.

Education and experience

  • 2021–2024: MScCH: Health Practitioner Teacher Education, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2020–2021: Point-of-Care Ultrasound Fellowship, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2017–2019: Paediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2014–2017: Paediatric Residency Training Program, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2010–2014: Doctor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada


  • 2021: Nominated, David Johnson Award for Best Fellow’s Research Presentation
  • 2017: Norman Saunders Award, The Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Paediatrics. Awarded to a senior resident who demonstrates outstanding clinical skills in the paediatric context.
  • 2014: Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Medal. Awarded to an individual who demonstrated transcendence and self-sacrifice by tangible involvement within their school or community.


  1. Harel-Sterling M, Kwan C, Pirie J, Tessaro MO, Cho DD, Coblentz A, Halabi M, Cohen E, Nield L, Pusic M, Boutis K. Competency Standard Derivation for Point-of-Care Ultrasound Image Interpretation for Emergency Physicians. Ann Emerg Med. 2023 Apr;81 (4):413-426. Doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2022.11.002. 2023 Feb 10.
  2. Harel-Sterling M. Can you teach a hands-on skill online? A scoping review of e-learning for point-of-care ultrasound in medical education. Can Med Educ J. 2023 Dec 30;14(6):66-77. Doi: 10.36834/cmej.75272. eCollection 2023 Dec.
  3. Harel-Sterling M, McLean L. Development of a blended learning curriculum to improve POCUS education in a pediatric emergency medicine training program. CJEM. 2022 Apr;24(3):325-328. Doi: 10.1007/s43678-022-02264-6. 2022 Jan 25.
  4. Harel-Sterling M, Ruixue D, Moraes TJ, Boutis K, Eiwegger T, Narang I, Lepine C, Brydges M, Dubeau A, Subbarao P, Schuh S. Test for respiratory and asthma control in preschool kids in the emergency department as a predictor of wheezing exacerbations. Pediatr Pulmonol. Jan 2020.
  5. Harel-Sterling M, Diallo M, Santhirakumaran S, Maxim T, Tessaro M. Emergency Department Resource Use in Pediatric Pneumonia: Point-of-Care Lung Ultrasonography versus Chest Radiography. J Ultrasound Med. Feb 2019.
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