Training and Education

The Training and Education Working Group is responsible for determining the best methods and means to enhance education and training about specific cardiovascular issues affecting women. Projects target various audiences such as the general public, physicians, nurses, students, and allied health staff in a phased approach.


Projects and Initiatives

National Women’s Heart Health Education Initiative 

In 2017, the CWHHC published results from a national survey identifying a need to increase awareness and knowledge regarding the incidence, prevalence, significance, and management of heart disease in women among Canadian clinicians. To address this need, 9 educational modules have been created targeting healthcare providers within cardiology, general internal medicine, and emergency medicine. 

Content will available in French and English, in presentation (webinar and in-person Grand Rounds), and in self-directed online e-module formats

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Jennifer Monaghan

Jennifer Monaghan, LLB, BA
Patient Advocate Co-Chair, Training and
Education Working Group
Woman with Lived Experience
Kelowna, BC


Dr. Carolyn Baer

Carolyn Baer, MD, FRCPC
Healthcare Professional Co-Chair, Training and Education Working Group
General Internist, Assistant Professor
Dalhousie University
Moncton, NB | @drcbaer

Dr. Beth Abramson

Beth Abramson, MD, MSC, FRCPC, FACC
Past Chair, Training and Education Working Group
Associate Professor of Medicine, 
University of Toronto
Paul Albrechtsen Professor in Cardiac Prevention and Women’s Health, 
Director of Cardiac Prevention & Women’s Cardiovascular Health
St. Michael’s Hospital
Toronto, ON

Dr. Najah Adreak

Najah Adreak, MD, MSc
Trainee Representative, Executive Steering Committee 
Academic graduate advisor,
Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus
Vancouver, BC | @NajahAdreak

Dr. Laura Banks

Laura Banks, PhD, R.Kin
Assistant Teaching Professor and Affiliate Scientist
University Health Network
Pickering, ON

Angela Brijmohan

Angela Brijmohan, MSc, MD
Clinical Trainee, Queen's School of Medicine
Kingston, ON


Cristina D'Alessandro

Cristina D'Alessandro, PCP, HBA
York Region Paramedic Services 
Vaughan, ON | @cfd1986

Sonia Dancey

Sonia Dancey
MD2023 Candidate, University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON | @sonia_dancey

Jacqueline Hay

Jacqueline Hay, MSc, PhD Candidate
Applied Health Sciences, CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist & High Performance Specialist 
University of Manitoba and St. Boniface Hospital Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences 
Winnipeg, MB | @JacquelineLHay

Andrea Loria

Andrea Loria, MN, BN, BKin, RN, NP
Student (class of 2021)
Nurse, Alberta Health Services
Calgary, AB | @andrealoriaYYC

Dr. Martha Mackay

Martha Mackay, PhD, RN, CCN(C)
Clinical Nurse Specialist
St. Paul's Heart Centre 
Clinical Assoc Professor, School of Nursing
University of British Columbia 
Vancouver, BC | @mack_martmackay

Amelie Paquin

Amélie Paquin, MD, MSc
Fellow, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON

Dr. April Pike

April Pike, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing
Memorial University
St. John’s, NFLD

Dr. Stephanie Poon

Stephanie Poon, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Medical Co-Director, Heart Function and Rapid Cardiology Assessment Clinic 
Cardiologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

Dr. Anita Pozgay

Anita Pozgay, MD, FRCPC, Dip Sport Med
Emergency Physician, The Ottawa Hospital
Assistant Professor,  Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Ottawa
Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician, Human 2.0 Ottawa
Ottawa, ON

Natasha Tang

Natasha Tang, HBSc
Clinical Trainee, Queen's University School of Medicine
Kingston, ON


Melissa Tso

Melissa Tso, MB BCh BAO
Resident Doctor PGY2, Internal Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK


Dr. Michele Turek

Michele Turek, MDCM, FRCPC
Co-Chair, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit
Associate Professor of Medicine and Staff Cardiologist
University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the Ottawa Hospital
Ottawa, ON

Helena Van Ryn

Helena Van Ryn, BScPT
Physiotherapist, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Ottawa, ON | @helena901241854