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Susanna Talarico

Title: Staff Physician, Division of Paediatric Medicine
Designations: B.Sc., B.Ed., MD, FRCPC, MScCH
Alternate Contact Name: Genie Lama
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7841
Alternate Email: eugenia.lima@sickkids.ca
U of T Positions: Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics

Learning Positions

Faculty Lead, Faculty Development, MD Program 

Lecturer, Dalla Lana School of Public Health School for Graduate Studies

Biography

Dr. Susanna Talarico is a Staff Physician in the Division of Paediatric Medicine and Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She is a passionate paediatrician and medical educator who started her career as a high school math teacher, and continues to be involved in all levels of medical education.

Talarico has received awards for teaching excellence at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and for Excellence and Achievement in Faculty Development. She is the former associate director for the Portfolio component of the MD Program at the University of Toronto, and currently the Faculty Lead for Faculty Development.

Research

Talarico’s research follows her creative professional activities and focus on qualitative evaluations of curricula and education programs.

For example, transformative learning principles were applied as an innovative approach to program development and evaluation of a Social Pediatrics Summer Studentship Program as published in Academic Medicine in 2019. Other work involves the exploration of the resident experience during a Resident as Teacher elective, and the perceptions of faculty and residents as facilitators in the Portfolio component of the MD Program.

Education and experience

  • 2013–2015: Associate Staff Paediatrician, Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Paediatrician in the Urgent Care and Rapid Assessment Zones of the Emergency Department
  • 2012–present: Staff Paediatrician, Division of Paediatric Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Paediatrician in the Paediatric Consultation Clinic and on the General Paediatric inpatient units
  • 2011–present: Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (Pediatrics)
  • 2011–2015: Paediatrician, Division of Paediatric Medicine, St Joseph's Health Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2011–2013: Master of Science in Community Health (Health Practitioner Teacher Education), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2011–2012: Academic Paediatric Medicine Fellowship Program, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2007–present: Licentiate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • 2007–2011: Paediatric Residency Training Program, Children's Hospital for Eastern Ontario, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, (Chief Resident 2010–2011)
  • 2003–2007: Doctorate of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 1998–2002: Bachelor of Education, Intermediate/Senior Divisions, Biology and Mathematics, (Concurrent Program) York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1997–2002: Bachelor of Science, Honours, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Achievements

  • 2019: MD Program Teaching Award of Excellence, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2018-2019 academic year)
  • 2018: MD Program Teaching Award of Excellence, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2017-2018 academic year)
  • 2018: Harry Bain Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2015: R.H.A Haslam Preclerkship Teaching Award for Excellence in Preclerkship Teaching, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2014: POWER Teacher, for outstanding contribution to Postgraduate teaching, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2014: Second Best Faculty Presentation at the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Academic Rounds, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Publications

  • 2019: Co-Investigator. Fall Medical Humanities Grant. Leadership for Generational Change:  A Paediatric Postgraduate Education Leadership Curriculum Needs Assessment. Principal Investigator: Atkinson, Adelle.  Co-Investigators: Talarico, Susanna; Agarwal, Tanvi; Martimianakis Tina.   $5,000 CDN.
  • 2018: Principal Investigator. Fall Medical Humanities Grant. Learning in Listening:  A Junior Scholar Experience.  Collaborators: Talarico, Susanna; Bernhard, Nirit; Bernstein, Stacey; Bryden, Pier. $5,000 CDN.
  • 2018Co-Investigator. Education Development Fund.  The Whole is greater than the sum of its parts: Exploring the integration of reflection, self-assessment, and feedback through relationships in a Competency Based Undergraduate Medical Curriculum. Principal Investigator: Bernhard, Nirit. Co-Investigators: Talarico, Susanna; Bryden, Pier; Tait, Glendon; Ng, Stella. $10,000CDN
  • 2018Principal Investigator. Pediatric Consultants Education Research Grant. Learning in Listening: A Qualitative Study of the Resident and Faculty Experience as Facilitators in an Undergraduate Medical Education Reflective Practice Course. Co-Investigators:  Bernhard, Nirit; Bernstein, Stacey; Bryden, Pier$5 000 CDN.
  • 2013Co-investigator. Pediatric Consultants Education Research Grant. RaTs on the Wards!  A Qualitative Study of a Resident as Teacher Elective Experience.  Principal Investigator: Bernstein, Stacey. Co-Investigators: Talarico, Susanna; Au, Hosanna; Martimianakis, Tina. $3,780 CDN.
  • 2013: Co-Investigator. Pediatric Consultants Education Research Grant. The implementation of a Night Float system at a large Canadian Paediatric Training Program: Perceived impact on patient care, education and quality of life. Principal Investigator: Bismilla, Zia. Co-Investigators: Atkinson, Adelle; Mylopolous, Maria; Talarico, Susanna; Khoury, Michael; Wiley, Joseph. $5,000 CDN
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