Dr. Alireza Jalali MD, DESMS, LMCC


Dr. Alireza Jalali MD, DESMS, LMCC
Interim Assistant Dean, External Relations, Engagement and Advancement

Room: 2164, RGN
Office: (613)562-5800 ext. 5782
Fax: (613) 562-5687
Work E-mail: ajalali@uottawa.ca

Dr. Alireza Jalali


Dr. Jalali is the head of the Division of Clinical and Functional Anatomy, Department of Innovation in Medical Education. Dr. Jalali is a Distinguished Teacher and the Teaching Chair of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. He has a Medical Doctorate and a Specialist Diploma in Sports Medicine from the University of Liège in Belgium. Since coming to the Faculty of Medicine in 2003, he has been teaching Anatomy passionately and has developed an active research program in Educational Innovations use and usefulness: Podcasts, YouTube, TBL, Social Media, and 3D printing. Dr. Jalali has also an established track record of Leadership : UGME Unit Leader, Director of Practical exams, Interim Head of Anatomy and Social Media Advisor at Royal College. He has received numerous awards including the 2010 University of Ottawa Excellence in Education Prize.

Degrees and Professional Certificates

  • 2013: PhD Equivalency, Faculty of Medicine, uOttawa 
  • 2010: Canadian Leadership Institute for Medical Education Certificate 
  • 2008: Ottawa Academic Health Sciences Leadership Program Certificate 
  • 2005: Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (L.M.C.C.) 
  • 2002: Specialist Diploma in Sport Medicine, Liège University (Belgium)
  • 2001: University Diploma in Sport and Nutrition, Paris 13 University (France)
  • 1998: Medical Doctorate, Liège University (Belgium)

Academic Honours

  • 2019: MEDS 2019 Honorary Class President (Francophone stream)
  • 2018: Prix d’Excellence en Éducation - « Compétence Professionnel»
  • 2015: Prix d’Excellence en Éducation - « Compétence Professionnel»
  • 2013: Prix d’Excellence en Éducation- « Compétence Leadership»
  • 2013: Teaching Chair of Faculty of Medicine
  • 2013: Distinguished Teacher of Faculty of Medicine
  • 2013: MEDS 2013 Honorary Class President (Francophone stream)
  • 2013: Faculty of Medicine Aesculapian Society Honorary President
  • 2011: Prix d’Excellence en Éducation - « Competence Collaborateur »
  • 2010: uOttawa Excellence in Education Prize
  • 2010: AIME Senior Researcher Oral Presentation Award
  • 2010: Teaching Skills Attainment Award with Merit.
  • 2010: Iranian Association of Anatomical Sciences Honorary Membership
  • 2009: MEDS 2009 Honorary Class President (Francophone stream)
  • 2008: Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit Award
  • 2007: Prix d’Excellence en Leadership
  • 2004: Excellence Achievement Award


  1. Implementing a Competency-Based Approach to Anatomy Teaching: Beginning With the End in Mind.
    Jalali, A., Jeong, D., & Sutherland, S.
    Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development
  2. Putting the focus on POCUS in cadaveric anatomy teaching
    Michel Khoury, Nermine Youssef, Christopher J Ramnanan, Alireza Jalali
    Med Educ, 53: 1134-1134. doi:10.1111/medu.13974
  3. Evaluation of eMentalHealth.ca, a Canadian Mental Health Website Portal: Mixed Methods Assessment.
    Jeong D, Cheng M, St-Jean M, Jalali A.
    JMIR Ment Health. 2019 Sep 6;6(9):e13639. doi: 10.2196/13639.
  4. Podcasting 101: Top Tips on Educational Podcasting.
    Jalali, Alireza
    & El bialy, Safaa
    Education in Medicine Journal. 11. 43-47. 10.21315/eimj2019.11.2.5.
  5. Who tweets in academia? An overview of Twitter use in higher education
    Dahn Jeong; Alireza Jalali
    Advances in Medical Education and Practice. Volume 2019:10 Pages
    171—174 DOI:https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S189963
  6. Development of a 3D Printed Neuroanatomy Teaching Model
    Safaa El Bialy, Robin Weng, Alireza Jalali
    UOJM, v.9, n.1, May 2019. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18192/uojm.v9i1.4057
  7. Increasing access to medical training with 3D printing: The endotracheal intubation model
    Lily Park; Steven Price-Williams; Alireza Jalali; Kashif Pirzada
    JMIR Med Educ 2019;5(1):e12626 DOI: 10.2196/12626
  8. A quality assurance template for revision of case based learning modules. Education in Medicine Journal
    Kohlert S, Brulotte M, Bell R, Roy J, Jalali A
    2018;10(3):47-56. https://doi.org/10.21315/eimj2018.10.3.5
  9. Validation of a Formaldehyde-Free Embalming Method for Preparing High Fidelity Cadavers for Teaching Surgical and Procedural Skills
    Shannon J Goodwin, Richard Kibbee, Christopher J Ramnanan, Alireza Jalali
    The FASEB Journal, Vol. 33, No. 1-supplement, April 2019
  10. Development and Assessment of a 3DNeuroanatomy Teaching Model
    Safaa El Bialy, Robin Wang, Alireza Jalali
    Medical education 2018; 52 (Suppl. 1): 107
  11. Social media as an open-learning resource in medical education: current perspectives
    Stephanie Sutherland, Alireza Jalali
    Advances in Medical Education and Practice 2017:8 1–7
  12. 3D Printing for 21st Century Medical Learners: Opportunities for Innovative Research and Collaboration
    A. Wang, T. Chung, H. Anis, A. Jalali 
    UOJM, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 1, jan. 2017. ISSN 2292-6518
  13. A rare bilateral neurovascular variation of the upper limb: A case report of a 97-year-old Caucasian male 
    Shannon Goodwin, Alireza Jalali 
    Int J Anat Var (IJAV). 2016; 9: 46–49
  14. Do real-time Twitter metrics correlate with traditional emergency medicine post-conference speaker evaluations?
    Yiu, S., Dewhirst, S., Lee, C., Jalali, A., Frank, J.
    CJEM, 2016, 18(S1), S73. doi:10.1017/cem.2016.161
  15. Go Where the Students Are: A Comparison of the Use of Social Networking Sites Between Medical Students and Medical Educators
    Safaa El Bialy, Alireza Jalali
    JMIR Medical Education 2015;1(2):e7 DOI: 10.2196/mededu.4908
  16. The Implementation of a Case-based Session to Teach Medical Students About Social Media Tools
    Alireza Jalali, Timothy Wood
    Medical Education 2015; 49 (Suppl. 1): 143
  17. Does Twitter Enable Participants at Medical Education Conferences to Engage in Higher Order Thinking Skills?
    Nathan Bugden, Alireza Jalali, Jerry Maniate
    Medical Education 2015; 49 (Suppl. 1): 150
  18. Thou shalt not tweet unprofessionally: an appreciative inquiry into the professional use of social media
    I. Pereira, A-M Cunningham, K. Moreau, J. Sherbino, A. Jalali
    Postgrad Med J; published online August 2015
  19. Learning theory and its application to the use of social media in medical education
    Leslie Flynn, Alireza Jalali, Katherine A Moreau
    Postgrad Med J; published online August 2015
  20. A Medical Educator's Guide To #MedEd.
    Micieli, Andrew; Frank, Jason; Jalali, Alireza
    Academic Medicine; 2015 Aug;90(8):1176.
  21. Social media and medical education: Exploring the potential of Twitter as a learning tool
    A. Jalali, J. Sherbino, J. Frank, S. Sutherland
    International Review of Psychiatry, 2015; Early Online: 1–7
  22. Facebook, Twitter and #MedEd: Investigating Social Networking Usage among Medical
    J. Gill, B. Harrison, C. J. Ramnanan, T.J. Wood, A. Jalali
    Education In Medicine Journal, 5(3), 6 (4), Dec. 2014 DOI:10.5959/eimj.v6i4.277
  23. Teaching medical students social media: must or bust
    Alireza Jalali, Timothy Wood 
    Medical Education; 48: 11, P: 1128-1129, 2014 DOI: 10.1111/medu.12585
  24. To quiz or not to quiz: Formative tests help detect students at risk of failing the clinical anatomy course
    Azzi AJ, Ramnanan CJ, Smith J, Dionne E, Jalali A
    Anat Sci Educ. 2014 Sep 16. doi: 10.1002/ase.1488
  25. Integrating Facebook into Basic Sciences Education: A Comparison of a Faculty-Administered Facebook Page and Group
    Bialy SE, Jalali A, Jaffar AA.
    Austin J Anat. 2014;1(3): 7.
  26. Twitter’s usefulness for medical students: the role of one social media platform in medical education
    Andrew Micieli, Brittany Harrison, Alireza Jalali
    Scrub-In, Vol. 9, Issue 3: 12-15, Sept. 2014
  27. Social Media Etiquette for the Modern Medical Student: A Narrative Review
    Brittany Harrison, Jeewanjit Gill, Alireza Jalali
    Int J Med Students. 2014 Mar- Jun; 2(2):61-4, jun. 2014. ISSN 2076-6327.
  28. Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Repurposing Open Education Resources for Custom Lesson Plans (Workshop)
    N. Mehta, A-M Cunningham, N. Lafferty, A. Jalali 
    Medical Education 2014; 48 (Suppl. 1): 144
  29. L’utilisation de mini-tests en anatomie pour favoriser et prédire une meilleure performance des étudiants en médecine (Podium Presentation)
    Alain Azzi, Jennifer Smith, Alireza Jalali
    Medical Education 2014; 48 (Suppl. 1): 110
  30. Investigating Twitter and Medical Education Conference: Educational Tool or a White Noise Background Channel? (Podium Presentation)
    Alireza Jalali, Timothy Wood
    Medical Education 2014; 48 (Suppl. 1): 10
  31. Social Networking and Clinician Educators
    Alireza Jalali
    Le Spécialiste, Vol. 16, No HS-1, P. 45, Janvier 2014
  32. Tweeting during conferences: educational or just another distraction?
    Alireza Jalali, Timothy Wood
    Medical Education; 47: 1129-1130, 2013 DOI: 10.1111/medu.12337
  33. Analyzing Online Impact of Canadian Conference of Medical Education through Tweets
    Alireza Jalali, Timothy Wood
    Education In Medicine Journal, 5(3), Sept. 2013 doi:10.5959/eimj.v5i3.162
  34. Team-Based Learning From Theory to Practice: Faculty Reactions to the Innovation
    Stephanie Sutherland, Nasim Bahramifarid, Alireza Jalali 
    Teaching and Learning in Medicine, Volume 25, Issue 3, 2013, pages 231- 236
  35. Human Anatomy
    Sarah Wassmer, Alireza Jalali
    Academic Medicine, 88(6), June 2013, DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e31828fa212
  36. Investigating the Use of Social Networking Tools Among Medical Students
    Jeewanjit Gill, Timothy Wood, Alireza Jalali
    Medical Education 2013; 47 (Suppl. 1): 30
  37. Analyzing Online Impact of Medical Education Conferences Through Tweets
    Alireza Jalali, Timothy Wood
    Medical Education 2013; 47 (Suppl. 1): 26
  38. Apprentissage en Equipe (A.E.E): Peut-il Remplacer les Cours ou l’Apprentissage par Problème (A.P.P.)?
    Karl-Andre Lalonde, Alireza Jalali
    Medical Education 2013; 47 (Suppl. 1): 127
  39. iPad et Tablettes Intelligentes: de l'Éducation Médicale à la Pratique Clinique
    Jean A. Roy, Jean François Marquis, Alireza Jalali
    Medical Education 2013; 47 (Suppl. 1): 117
  40. Learning Anatomy: Can Dissection and Peer-Mediated Teaching Offer Added Benefits over Prosection Alone?
    Lynn Ashdown, Evan Lewis, Maxwell Hincke, Alireza Jalali
    ISRN Anatomy,Volume 2013, Article ID 873825, DOI :10.5402/2013/873825
  41. Investigating the applications of team-based learning in medical education
    Nasim Bahramifarid, Stephanie Sutherland, Alireza Jalali 
    Education in Medicine Journal, 2012, 4(2). DOI:10.5959/eimj.v4i2.3
  42. The Virtual Anatomy Lab: an eDemonstrator pedagogical agent can simulate student-faculty interaction and promote student engagement
    J. Weber, M. Hincke, B. Patasi, A. Jalali, N. Wiper-Bergeron 
    Medical Education Development 2012; 2:e5 DOI: 10.4081/med.2012.e5
  43. Curricular mapping: an anti-stress tool for new medical students
    Weinstangel, H., Iafolla, M., Sutherland, S., Jalali, A.
    Education In Medicine Journal, 4(1). DOI:10.5959/eimj.v4i1.5, 2012
  44. Use of Team Based Learning to Promote Inter- and Intra-Professional Team Education
    Gary Hollingworth, Robert Bell, Alireza Jalali
    Medical Education 2012; 46 (Suppl. 1): 7-8
  45. Podcasting as a goal oriented toy in education
    Alireza Jalali, Timothy Wood
    Advances in Health Sciences Education, DOI 10.1007/s10459-012-9362-3, March 2012
  46. Use of Podcasting as an Innovative Asynchronous E-Learning Tool for Students
    A. Jalali, J. Leddy, M. Gauthier, R. Sun, M. Hincke, J. Carnegie 
    Journal of US-China Education Review A 11 (2011) 741-748
  47. Helping Dyslexic Medical Students Pass Their OSCE Exams
    Guylaine Renaud, Alireza Jalali
    eLearn Magazine: Education and Technology in Perspective; 2011-9,(Featured Article: Sept. 2011)
  48. Is transferring an educational innovation actually a process of transformation?
    Varpio L, Bell R, Hollingworth G, Jalali A, Haidet P, Levine R, Regehr G
    Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2011 Jul 3.
  49. Use of Podcasts as a Teaching Resource in Medical Education
    Anasse Benslimane, Daniel Trottier, Alireza Jalali
    Medical Education 2011; 45 (Suppl. 1): 1
  50. Use of Team Based Learning in Implementing FMEC MD Program Recommendation  VIII in Medical Education
    Alireza Jalali, Robert Bell, Gary Hollingworth
    Medical Education 2011; 45 (Suppl. 1): 8
  51. VodCast, WebCast, PodCast, VideoConference: What Are they and How They Can Help Us in Implementing FMEC MD Enabling Recommendation D
    Daniel Trottier, Alireza Jalali
    Medical Education 2011; 45 (Suppl. 1): 12
  52. Use of Wikis in Medical Education and Educational Administration
    Greg Malin, Alireza Jalali
    Medical Education 2011; 45 (Suppl. 1): 16
  53. Team Based Learning: Convergence and Divergence in Faculty and Student Perceptions
    Alireza Jalali
    , Nasim Bahramifarid, Stephanie Sutherland
    Medical Education 2011; 45 (Suppl. 1): 43
  54. Administering a Gross Anatomy Exam Using Mobile Technology: How one medical school made the switch from paper to paperless. 
    A. Jalali, D. Trottier, M. Tremblay, M. Hincke 
    eLearn Magazine: Education and Technology in Perspective; Top Story; February 1, 2011 
  55. Generating multiple-choice questions from an existing short-answer examination 
    J. Sommerfeldt, A. Jalali 
    Journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators; 20-2, 107-109, 2010 
  56. Introduction and assessment of the annual anatomy review course for the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program at the 
    Sana Tawati, Alireza Jalali, Hassan Shenassa
    Open Medicine 2010; 4(3 Suppl):75
  57. Évaluation de l'utilisation de l'APE en enseignement des sciences fondamentales 
    Alireza Jalali, Nasim Bahramifarid, Stephanie Sutherland 
    Pédagogie Médicale, 2010; 10 (Suppl. 1): 31
  58. Apprentissage par équipe en éducation 
    Alireza Jalali, Robert Bell, Gary Hollingworth, Pippa Hall
    Pédagogie Médicale, 2010; 10 (Suppl. 1): 18
  59. L’utilisation de wikis pour favoriser l'apprentissage en éducation 
    Lara Varpio, Martin Gauthier, Tatiana Sotindjo, Alireza Jalali 
    Pédagogie Médicale, 2010; 10 (Suppl. 1): 23
  60. WIKIS 102: Making the Read-Write Web Work for You. 
    Alireza Jalali, Kent Stobart, Nishan Sharma, Jonathan White
    Medical Education 2010; 44 (Suppl. 1): 62 
  61. Evaluation of the Use of TBL in Basic Science Teaching 
    Alireza Jalali, Nasim Bahramifarid, Stephanie Sutherland
    Medical Education 2010; 44 (Suppl. 1): 42 
  62. Is Importing an Educational Innovation a Transfer or a Transformation?: A Case Study of TBL for students 
    Lara Varpio, Robert Bell, Gary Hollingworth, Alireza Jalali, John Leddy, Paul Haidet, Ruth Levine, Glenn Regehr
    Medical Education 2010; 44 (Suppl. 1): 41 
  63. Podcasting for Medical Education: How to Hook your audience 
    Beata Patasi, Andrew Boozary, Maxwell Hincke, Alireza Jalali
    Medical Education 2010; 44 (Suppl. 1): 64 
  64. Wiki use & challenges in undergraduate medical education. 
    A. Jalali, M. Gauthier, M. Mioduszewski, L. Varpio 
    Medical Education; 43: 1117, 2009 
  65. The Utility of Podcasts in Web 2.0 Human Anatomy 
    B. Patasi, A. Boozary, M. Hincke, A. Jalali 
    Medical Education; 43: 1116, 2009 
  66. Anatomical variation of the origin of the left vertebral artery 
    B. Patasi, A. Yeung, S. Goodwin, A. Jalali 
    International Journal of Anatomical Variations; 2: 83–85, 2009 
  67. A brachial plexus variation characterized by the absence of the superior trunk.
    J. Villamere, S. Goodwin, M. Hincke, A. Jalali 
    Neuroanatomy; 8: 4-8, 2009 
  68. Working with wikis: Using web 2.0 to enhance learning. 
    Alireza Jalali, Kent Stobart, Jonathan White
    Medical Education 2009; 43 (Suppl. 1): 37 
  69. Podcast Practical Podcasting 101: from idea to iPod 
    Parveen Boora, Jonathan White, Alireza Jalali
    Medical Education 2009; 43 (Suppl. 1): 32 
  70. Proximal fifth metatarsal diaphyseal stress fracture in football players
    N. Popovic, A. Jalali, P. Georis, P. Gillet 
    Foot and Ankle Surgery; 11-3: 135-141, 2005
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