CIHLC Project Co-Leadership
The Canadian Interprofessional Health Leadership Collaborative (CIHLC) is a multi-institutional and interprofessional partnership whose goal has been to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate an evidence-based program in collaborative leadership that builds capacity for health systems transformation. The CIHLC work has been grounded in the principles of social accountability and community engagement and embedded in a context of interprofessional and relationship-centred care. The project has targeted emerging health care leaders in positions that enable them to create sustainable change with their communities.
The CIHLC project co-leads are based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Sarita Verma is a Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Associate Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions, and Special Advisor to the Dean of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a family physician who originally trained as a lawyer at the University of Ottawa (1981) and later completed her medical degree at McMaster University (1991). She has been a Diplomat in Canada’s Foreign Service and worked with UNHCR in Sudan and Ethiopia for several years. Dr. Verma is the 2006 recipient of the Donald Richards Wilson Award in medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the 2009 co-recipient of the May Cohen Gender Equity Award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada. Along with colleagues at McGill University, University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto, she was one of the lead consultants for the Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate project. At present she is the Co-lead for the Canadian Interprofessional Health Leadership Collaborative (CIHLC) at the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education.
Maria is the inaugural Director of the Centre for IPE, a strategic partnership between the University of Toronto and the University Health Network (UHN). She is also the Senior Director, Interprofessional Education and Care at UHN. Maria holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from McGill University, a Master of Science from the University of Western Ontario, and she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Maria is the Co-Lead of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Leadership Collaborative whose work focuses on models and programs of leadership necessary to transformation health education and care systems. Her collaborative work and leadership has been recognized through the Ted Freedman Award for Education Innovation, the 3M Quality Team Award and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association National Mentorship Award. Her scholarly interests focus on continuing education, professional development and knowledge translation in the health professions. Throughout her career, Maria has held a variety of clinical, education, research, and leadership positions across a multitude of professions. She is most passionate about the interface between research, education, and practice and leading change in complex systems.