Making an impact through research, teaching and admissions

collage headshots of the 4 trailblazers


By Communications

Through their exceptional abilities in research and teaching, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty and learners are making a difference both in our School and in society. For their outstanding accomplishments, they have been honoured with awards from the Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME).

2024 Rising Star – Certificate of Excellence Awards

Taylore Miller

Taylore Miller, Third-year Medicine

Taylore Miller has been a key member of the Indigenous Pathway Sub-Committee for the Medicine Admissions team. Miller identified the importance of conducting a program evaluation of the sub-committee’s work to help ensure it will result in achieving the intended outcome, and provide a better sense of the impact of the pathway on admissions processes. Miller has a deep passion to understand the journey of Indigenous students from the application stage, through to the successful graduation from the MD program and has a very bright future ahead.

Shahnaza Hamidullah

Shahnaza Hamidullah, MD/PhD candidate

Shahnaza Hamidullah has already make a significant contribution to research at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. In addition to the CAME award, she was a 2023 recipient of a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship in September 2023. Hamidullah is in her fourth year of the School’s MD/PhD program and her second year of fast-tracked PhD studies. Working with neuroscientists Lisa Saksida, PhD, and Tim Bussey, PhD, in the Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Hamidullah is exploring the brain changes underlying cognitive impairments in schizophrenia. Having already completed two years of undergraduate medical training, she’ll return to medical school to finish her final two years after completing the PhD portion of the program, graduating in 2027.


Certificates of Merit

Dr. Shanil Narayan

Dr. Shanil Narayan – As a regional academic director at Huron-Perth, Dr. Shanil Narayan has significantly impacted the community through his devotion to teaching and delivering exceptional patient care. His dedication extends to medical education research, with a recent project deploying an education platform for rural physicians caring for complex patients with heart failure.

Dr. Yvonne Leong

Dr. Yvonne Leong – As director, Postgraduate Medical Education, Dr. Yvonne Leong has had a dynamic impact on the residency program. In the short time in her role, Leong has made great strides in advancing the program and in addressing its challenges through her excellent communication skills and collaborative leadership approach. She is highly regarded by the residents and all program stakeholders for the energy and enthusiasm she brings to improving the program. 

Dr. Aldo Espinosa Tadeo

Dr. Aldo Espinosa Tadeo – With a deep interest in education, Dr. Aldo Espinosa Tadeo has brought keen insights to the curriculum review. Over the past four years, he has also made major contributions from the standpoint of equity, diversity and inclusion.


“This year’s recipients of the CAME awards once again demonstrate the breadth of medical education excellence at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, across disciplines and training levels, and including our regional affiliated sites,” said Dr. Michael Sanatani, CAME representative.

CAME is an organization of medical educators for the promotion, advancement and recognition of excellence in medical education.