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Elizabeth Wenghofer

Elizabeth Wenghofer

Full Professor

School of Rural and Northern Health
Health
SE 205G, Education Building Sudbury Campus

Biography

Dr. Wenghofer completed her PhD in Medical Sciences (Field: Health Services Research) in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto in 2004. She joined the School of Rural and Northern Health (SRNH) at Laurentian University in 2007 where she teaches in the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Rural and Northern Health. She was the SRNH Director from July 2011- June 2018. She is also the Research Director for the Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) Program at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Wenghofer holds adjunct appointments with the Faculties of Medicine at UC San Diego and Texas A&M.  Prior to joining Laurentian, she led the research activities of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for eleven years. 


Dr. Wenghofer’s research interests lie in the areas of physician performance, medical regulation, continuing professional development, rural physicians and program evaluation.  She has partnered and conducted collaborative work with the Medical Council of Canada, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, multiple provincial medical regulators, and several large physician assessment organizations across the United States.  Her current research activities investigate the factors that influence practice performance throughout a physician's career, particularly focusing on understanding the relationships between performance, the practice environment, and continuing competence.

Dr. Wenghofer teaches and supervises graduate students in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Rural and Northern Health and Masters in Interdisciplinary Health.

Education

  • BSc -  Human Biology - University of Guelph (1988-1992)
  • MSc - Human Biology - University of Guelph (1992-1994)
  • PhD - Medical Sciences (Field: Health Services and Systems Research) - University of Toronto (2000-2004)

Academic Appointments

Appointments:

  • Adjunct Appointment, Department of Family & Preventive Medicine, University of California San Diego, Health Sciences. San Diego CA, USA
  • Adjunct Appointment, Rural and Community Health Insittute, Faculty of Medicine, Texas A&M, College Station TX, USA
  • Faculty Investigator, Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR)
  • ​Program Committee Member for the Coalition for Physician Enhancement 


On The Web

Search for Publications by E. F. Wenghofer on PubMed  (Click Here)     

Research Video for E.F. Wenghofer

Research Video for E.F. Wenghofer (Extended Version) 

Research

Research Activities:

  • Elizabeth's research interests lie in the areas of physician performance, physician regulation, continuing medical education/professional development, and rural physician practice. She works collaboratively on various research projects with medical regulatory authorities from across Canada and physician competence and performance assessment programs across the United States.

Research Video for E.F. Wenghofer           Research Video for E.F. Wenghofer (Extended Version)

Awards

  • International Medical University's Ron Harden Award for Innovation in Medical Education (IMU-RHIME) 2020
  • Faculty of Health Top 10 Researcher 2016-17
  • Faculty of Health Top 10 Researcher 2015-16
  • Faculty of Health Research Award 2015

Teaching

Elizabeth supervises graduate students in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Rural and Northern Health (IRNH), and  Masters in Interdisciplinary Health (INDH).

Recent Courses:

IRNH 6017: Health Policy Analysis - Interdisciplinary PhD in Rural and Northern Health

INDH 5426: Health of the Canadian Population - Masters in Interdisiplinary Heatlh