Safaa El-Bialy


Safaa El-Bialy


Room: Department of Innovation in Medical Education

Dr Safaa El Bialy


Dr. El-Bialy holds the position of professional assistant in the Department of Innovation in Medical Education (DIME) since 2011. Her main responsibilities entail teaching histology, anatomy, and case-based learning sessions to both Francophone and Anglophone preclerkship students. In addition, she teaches embryology and histology to Cellular & Molecular Medicine graduate students. From 2009 to 2011, she held the position of sessional lecturer in the Division of Clinical and Functional Anatomy where she worked closely with the students in the anatomy laboratory.

In 2009, she was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Anatomy Teaching in both language streams of the Undergraduate Medical Education Program. She also received a Teaching Skills Attainment Award in 2014.

Before being recruited by the University of Ottawa, she completed a Bachelor of Medicine (MB BCh) and was specifically trained in the field of forensic medicine and toxicology at the Faculty of Medicine of Cairo University (1990-2006), where her responsibilities entailed teaching undergraduate students in lectures halls and laboratories. She also conducted extensive research in the same field. After finishing her Master’s degree in basic medical sciences and her Ph.D. in forensic medicine and toxicology where she studied the detection and ageing of blood stains, she also had the opportunity to supervise graduate students.

Her research focuses on innovation in medical education. She created a group on Facebook to communicate with students and that experience lead to the creation of a research program on the efficiency of use of Facebook for histology teaching, which was presented at the AIME Annual Medical Education Day 2014 and at the 2014 CAPSAF Symposium (Centre d’appui pédagogique en santé pour la francophonie, CAPSAF). She published a paper comparing the use of a Facebook group versus a Facebook page in basic sciences education. This was presented at the International Conference on Residency Education in Toronto in 2014, and has been accepted for the 2015 ACFAS (Association francophone pour le savoir) conference, as well as the 2015 Canadian Conference on Medical Education. Her current research project is on the use of social networking sites by professors, which she has presented in DIME seminars.

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