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Maria Athina (Tina) Martimianakis

Title: Director, Medical Education Scholarship, Department of Paediatrics
Designations: MA, MEd, PhD
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 228390
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Alternate Contact Name: Victoria Moreno
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 228905
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U of T Positions: Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto
Other Positions: Scientist and Associate Director, Collaborations and Partnerships, The Wilson Centre


Tina Martimianakis holds a Masters in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters in Education with a focus on health professional education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT), where she also completed a Doctorate in Higher Education. In addition, Tina completed a Fellowship in Medical Education at the Wilson Centre, supported through the Department of Psychiatry.

As a Scientist she studies problematic socio-political relationships that impact the mission of health professional organizations to prepare and support clinicians to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to all patients.

Her educational practice is closely aligned to her research program. As an educator, Tina employs critical and social cultural pedagogies to develop programming to address hidden curriculum effects and to enable health professionals to incorporate complex negotiations of the social world in their educational planning and implementation.

Tina works with educational leaders in the department of Paediatrics and across the Faculty of Medicine to enhance educational scholarship, and to contribute to efforts to improve the learning environment with policy and curriculum interventions.


Tina’s work aims to elaborate on governmentality effects: the ways in which dominant discourses impact professional identity negotiations, particularly the articulation and application of expertise. She studies the material effects of discourse as a particular dimension of the hidden curriculum with the potential to support or hinder educational delivery and learning. Tina is also interested in ways in which organizations and educational programs may inadvertently create the conditions for knowledge stratification. She thus studies how discourses manifest formally and informally and influence the value systems that academic health care providers, learners and patients bring to their interactions. Entry points for this work are discourses, such as collaboration, humanism, integration, caring, and globalization.


  • 2004–2011: Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2002–2004: Master of Education, Higher Education (Health Professional Education), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 1992–1993: Master of Arts, Political Science, Degree in Comparative Politics (American, Canadian, Theory), Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2004–2008: Fellowship, Health Professional Education, Wilson Centre for Research in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2004–2008: Fellowship, Research Innovation Scholarship in Education, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


  • 2019–Present: Associate Editor, Advances in Health Sciences Journal
  • 2018–Present: Associate Director Collaborations and Partnerships, Wilson Centre for Research in Education, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2017–Present: Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2017–Present: Associate Editor, Canadian Medical Education Journal
  • 2015–Present: Scientist, Wilson Centre for Research in Education, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2009–Present: Director of Medical Education Scholarship, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2009–Present: Academic Educator, Centre for Faculty Development, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


  1. Martimianakis, M. A. Fernando, O., Schneider, S, Tse, S, Mylopoulos, M. ‘It’s not just about getting along’: Exploring learning through the discourse and practice of interprofessional collaboration. Academic Medicine, 2020
  2. Lam, J. Hanson, M., Martimianaks, M. A. Exploring the socialization experiences of medical students for social science and humanities backgrounds. Academic Medicine, 2019 (Mar;95(3):401-410.
  3. Stergiopoulos, E., Fernando, O, Martimianakis, MA, “Being on both sides”: Medical students’ experiences with disability and professional identity construction. Academic Medicine,
  4. Talarico, S. Zubairi, M., Daneman, D., Punnett, A., Martimianakis, M.A. Fostering Transformative Learning in a Social Pediatrics Research Summer Studentship. Academic Medicine, 2019 94(5) 692-696
  5. Martimianakis MA, Michalec B, Lam J, Cartmill C, Taylor JS, Hafferty FW. Humanism, the hidden curriculum, and educational reform: A scoping review and thematic analysis. Academic Medicine. 2015;90(11Suppl): s5-s13.

Dr. Martimianakis’ work is funded by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Associated Medical Services Foundation, Paediatric Consultants, Deans Excellence Fund, the Gold Foundation, US among other organizations. Examples of recent grants include:

  • 2019–2020: Principal Investigator Exploring Experiences of Inclusion in the Learning Environment in Diverse Residents. Girouz, R., Lam, J., Yan, H. Atkinson, A., Kulkarni, A., Wanzel, K., Forrest, C. Martimianakis, M. Paediatroc Consultants Fund. $10,000 matched with $10,000 from Department of Surgery. [Grant]
  • 2018–2019: Co-Investigator Determining the impact of the Community Paediatrics Fellowship: Designing competency for community based paediatric hospitals. Paediatric Consultants Fund. Feldman, M., Rojas, D. Martimianakis, M. $9858.50
  • 2018–2019: Co-Investigator The hidden curriculum and the “un-teaching” of health advocacy in specialty medicine. Royal College/Associated Medical Services (AMS) CanMEDs Research Development Grant. Ying, Y., Martimianakis, M.A. $24,000 [Grant]
  • Co-Investigator Timing and Content of Feedback for Test-Enhanced Transfer of Learning through Multiple-Choice Questions: A Multi-Institutional Experiment. Stemmler Grant. Kulasegaram, M., Ryan, A., Swanson, D., Judd, T., Brydges, R., Mylopoulos, M., Woods, N., Martimianakis, M.A., Pittini, R., Chiavaroli, N., Tzanetos, K., Tait, G. Dowsett, R., Elliott, S. $138,808.00 (US)
  • Co-Investigator. Humanism and the premedical realm(s): a narrative overview and preliminary analysis. Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Institute, USA. Principal Investigator: Michalec B. Co-Investigators: Hafferty F, Hanson M, Kanter S, Martimianakis MA, Michaels R. $5,000 USD. [Grant]
  • 2015–2016: Co-Investigator. Integration and identity: understanding the mechanisms that foster a holistic physician in longitudinal integrated clerkships. Associated Medical Services. Principal Investigators: Bernstein S, Kulasegaram K. Co-Investigators: Martimianakis MA, Mylopoulos M, Graves L, Hawa R, Nyhof-Young K, Weyman K, Hutchinson C, Pittini R, Woods N. $39,000 CAD. [Grant]
  • 2015–2016: Collaborator. Test-enhanced continuing education. A randomized controlled trial. Educational Development Fund, University of Toronto. Principal Investigator: Feldman M. Co-Investigators: Kulasegaram KM, Martimianakis MA, Wan M, Schneeweiss S. $19,250 CAD. [Grant]
  • 2015–2016: Co-Investigator. Relationships as learning. Understanding how relationship building facilitates patient-centred learning in longitudinal integrated clerkships. Educational Development Fund, University of Toronto. Principal Investigator: Hutchinson C. Co-Investigators: Kulasegaram K, Martimianakis MA, Bernstein S, Mylopoulos M, Weyman K, Young L, Pittini R. $19,875 CAD. [Grant]
  • 2014–2016: Principal Investigator. “It’s not just about getting along”. Discourses of collaboration and team learning. Royal College CanMeds Education Grant. Principal Investigator: Martimianakis MA. Co-Investigators: Mylopoulos M, Schneider R, Tse S. $23,910 CAD. [Grant].
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