Tracey Hillier, BScN, MD, CCFP, FRCPC, MEdHSE

/Tracey Hilly-er/

Executive Dean and Director, Alberta Instititue , Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - MED International
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging Dept

Pronouns: she/her/hers/iskwêw;

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Executive Dean and Director, Alberta Instititue , Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - MED International
Email
thillier@ualberta.ca

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging Dept
Email
thillier@ualberta.ca

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Collaborative Curriculum Development Student led curricular change Social Accountability Indigenous Health Equity Diversity& Inclusion Community Engagement Medical Humanities Assessment for Learning Education Quality Improvement International Medical Education Mental Health Indigenous Methodology Professionalism Ethics Radiology Computer-Based Assessment


About

Executive Dean and Director of the Alberta Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, an international medical school collaboration between the University of Alberta and Wenzhou Medical University. Co-director of Situated Knowledges: Indigenous Peoples and Place (SKIPP) for the University of Alberta. 

I was born and raised in Stephenville, Newfoundland, a small town on the island's west coast in traditional Mi'kmaq territory and belong to the Qalipu First Nation. In addition to my academic career, I was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 27 years. I joined the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry in 2012 and was the first Indigenous Associate Dean for an MD Program in Canada.  

I completed an MD degree (1997) and a residency in family medicine (1999) at McMaster University. I practiced family medicine in St Albert, Alberta, and at the Canadian Forces Base in Edmonton. I later completed a radiology and diagnostic imaging residency at the University of Alberta and a fellowship in emergency trauma and cardiac radiology at the University of British Columbia (2011). I completed a Master's in Education (Health Sciences Education) from the University of Alberta (2016). I am a member of the Indigenous Advisory Council for the University of Alberta and the Indigenous Engaged Research Strategy Task Force. For the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, I am a member of the Executive Council and the EDI and Indigenous Initiatives Multi-Institute Committee and mentor Indigenous Medical Students. 

Nationally, I am a board member of the Canadian Emergency Trauma and Acute Radiology Society, Vice-Chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group for the Canadian Association of Radiologists, a member of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada Champions Committee and the National Committee on Indigenous Medical Education (NCIME) Assessment Committee. I am also a member of the CIHR Accelerating Clinical Trials (ACT) Consortium Indigenous Sub-Committee and the ACT Consortium Training Committee.

I am passionate about social accountability and improving health care for diverse and marginalized populations. My research and scholarly interests include curriculum development using a decolonizing and anti-oppressive approach and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. I have led extensive MD Program curricular renewal with increased focus on the social determinants of health, community engagement, cultural safety, and the significant health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians, including introducing an Indigenous Health Curriculum in 2012. I welcomed an Indigenous Elder onto the MD program leadership team as an integrated member and advisor to the team and as a full-time support for learners. I have actively promoted student and community-led curricular change and have a long-standing interest in improving learners' and communities' mental health and well-being.

I believe that medicine is a service profession and that we will have the best patient outcomes when we better reflect the populations we serve. To that end, I have led a review of medical school admissions for the University of Alberta to identify and remove barriers to increasing diversity in the medical student population. As a result of my commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity, I received a University of Alberta Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion award in 2016. I am particularly interested in supporting diverse learners in their medical education journey. I know first-hand how hard it can be to be the first person in a family to go to University, to struggle academically, to pursue medicine when you do not have the same social capital as others, to transition from life in a small town to work at a quaternary academic health center; and the challenges of fitting into a university environment that rewards individual accomplishment when you have a different and more community-centered worldview.

Featured Publications

Rachel Livergant, Kelsey Stefanyk, Catherine Binda, Georgia Fraulin, Sasha Maleki, Sarah Sibbeston, Shahrzad Joharifard, Tracey Hillier, emilie joos

PLOS Global Public Health. 2023 August; 10.1371/journal.pgph.0001805


Hillier, E., Hodgson, C., S., Lebel, K., Spalluto, L.B., Trop, I., Yap W.W., Hillier, T., Darras, K., D., Sharma, S., & Yong-Hing, C.

Heliyon. 2023 August; 9 (8) 10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e18852


Livergant, R.,J., Alayande, B.,T., Stefanyk, K., Binda, C., Fraulin, G., Maleki, S., Sibbeston, S., Joharifard, S., Hillier, T., & Emilie Joos, E.

PLOS Global Public Health. 2023 June; 08 (16) 10.1371/journal.pgph.0001805


Taylor, J., Sharma, S., Supersad, A., Miller,E., Lebel,K., Zabihaylo, J., Glanc, P., Doria, A., Cashin, P., Hillier, T., & Yong-Hing, C.

Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal. 2023 May; 10.1177/08465371231174897


Livergant, R.J., Fraulin, G., Stefanyk, K. Binda, C., Maleki,S., Joharifard, S., Hillier, T. & Joos, E.

Pediatr Surg Int 39, 129. 2023 February; 39 (129) 10.1007/s00383-023-05377-2


Yap WW, Hodgson CS, Spalluto L, Lebel K, Trop I, Hillier E, Darras K, Hillier T, Yong-Hing CJ.

Can Assoc Radiol J. 2022 October; 74 (2):288-297 10.1177/08465371221132465


Effect of Integrating a Short Health Economics Course into the Surgical Curriculum.

Association of Surgical Education, 2022 Annual Meeting. 2022 May;


Cusson T., Lebel K., Spalluto L., Hillier T., Darras K., Yong-Hing C.

CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF RADIOLOGISTS JOURNAL-JOURNAL DE L ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE DES RADIOLOGISTES. 2022 May; 10.1177/08465371221099956


Does perception of discrimination and bullying vary according to gender, ethnicity and the level of training?

Canadian Association of Radiologists Annual Meeting. 2022 May;


Mathura P., Barber P., Han T., Hillier T., Kassam N.

Clinical Teacher. 2022 March; 19 (3):240-246 10.1111/tct.13473


Daniels VJ, Strand AC, Lai H, & Hillier, T. I

Medical Teacher. 2021 September; 41 (9):1039-1044 10.1177/2382120521992323


Daniels V, Ortiz S, Sandhu G, Lai H, Yoon M, Bulut O, Hillier, T

Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development. 2021 January; Volume 8 (January-December) 10.1177/2382120521992323


Underschultz, Jack G. and Barber, Paul and Richard, Daniel and Hillier, Tracey

UTMJ. 2021 January; 98 (1):35-40 10.2139/ssrn.3605193


Wei L, Goez H, Hillier T., & Brett-MacLean P

MedEdPublish. 2020 September; 9 (1) 10.15694/mep.2020.000190.1


Goez H, Lai H, Rodger J, Brett-MacLean P & Hillier, T.

Medical Teacher . 2020 September; 42 (9):1058-1064 10.1080/0142159X.2020.779919


Hillier T, Lai H, Sonnenberg L, Lewis M, Goez HR, Schipper S.

Academic Medicine. 2020 September; 95 (9S):S563-S565 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003292


Wang XR, Hillier, T., Oswald A, & Lai H.

Medical Teacher . 2019 October; 42 (1):111-113 10.1080/0142159X.2019.1670339


Tran UE, Kircher J, Jaggi P, Lai H, Hillier, T., Ali S.

Journal of Pain Research . 2018 August; 2018 (11):1479—1488 10.2147/JPR.S159422


Tan A, Babenko O, England A, Humphries P, Hillier T

MedEdPublish . 2017 September; 6 (168):1-10 10.15694/mep.2017.000168


Deutscher, J., Miazga, S., Goez, H., Hillier, T., & Lai, H. (2017). P045: . , 19(S1), S93-S93. doi:10.1017/cem.2017.247

Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2017 May; 19 (S1):S93 10.1017/cem.2017.247


Fatmi M, Hartling L, Hillier T., Campbell S, Oswald A.

Medical Teacher. 2013 November; 35 (12):e1608-e1624 10.3109/0142159X.2013.849802


Talbot M, Meunier B, Tottier V, Christian M, Hillier, T., Berger C, McAlister V, Taylor S. 
1 Canadian Field Hospital in Haiti: surgical experience in earthquake relief. Can J Surg 2012 Aug;55(4):271-274 DOI: 10.1503/cjs.039010.

Can J Surg. 2012 August; 55 (4):271-4 10.1503/cjs.001411


Sheehan, D., Bridle, B., Hillier, T., Feightner, K., Hayward, S., Lee, K. S., Krueger, P., Sword, W., & James, M. (1999). . Canadian journal of public health = Revue canadienne de sante publique, 90(6), 408–411.

Canadian Journal of Public Health. 1999 November; 90 (6):408-411 10.1007/BF03404147


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