Anita Florendo-Cumbermack MBBS, MHPE, FRCPC, CSCN Dip (EMG)

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Western University
Neurology Residency Program Director
Office: University Hospital C7-118
Phone: 519-663-3129
Secretary: Karla DeVries

 

Bio Sketch

Dr. Anita Florendo-Cumbermack has a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Guyana. She completed her neurology residency training at Western University in 2014 followed by a Fellowship in Neuromuscular Disorders in 2016. She attained her Masters of Health Professions Education (MHPE) from Maastricht University in 2017. Dr. Florendo-Cumbermack joined the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences in 2016.

Dr. Florendo-Cumbermack has an interest in Neuromuscular Diseases with a focus on peripheral neuropathies and myopathies. She is a Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (CSCN) certified electromyographer. She has a keen interest in medical education including education innovation, assessment and program evaluation in competency based medical education (CBME). She was the first CNS Neurology CBME Lead, then took over the role as the Neurology Program Director transitioning the program to CBME in 2020.


 

Research

Dr. Florendo-Cumbermack’s research interests are in medical education looking at Neurophobia with Dr. Chris Watling; exploring aspects of assessment and program evaluation in CBME.

Her medical research interests are in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) and other neuropathies.

Medical Interests

Dr. Florendo-Cumbermack's medical interests are in neuromuscular diseases including peripheral neuropathies and myopathies.


Honours and Awards

  • 2021, Recipient of the 4th annual PSO Leadership Development Award towards the Telfer Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Leadership Program course.

  • 2018-2020, CERI Collaborative Fellowship in Education Research with CBME as the research program focus. 

  • 2018, Recipient of the Angelika F. Hahn Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching – The Angelika F. Hahn Award is given annually to a clinician who has displayed excellence in clinical teaching in the neurosciences.

  • 2017, Competency-Based Medical Education Innovation Fund Award for development of a Faculty Development program for the Assessment in CBME. 

  • 2016, Faculty Support for Research in Education (FSRE). Neurophobia: Exploring learner anxiety and clinical behaviour using constructivist grounded theory.

  • 2015-2016,  Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists Fellowship Award in Neuromuscular Medicine and Electromyography.

 

 Publications:

PubMed Publications Listing

Publications

Mirian A, Jenkins ME, Watling CJ, Venance SL, Florendo-Cumbermack A Finding the "right" Canadian Neurology Residency Program During the COVID-19 Era. Can J Neurol Sci. 2021 Jan;48(1):47-49. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2020.218. Epub 2020 Oct 6. PMID: 33019958; PMCID: PMC7653483.

Florendo-Cumbermack A, Selchen D, Morrow SA, Sharma M, Steven D, Ang LC, Casserly C, Burneo J, Kremenchutzky M, Hammond R. Everything Old is New Again. Can J Neurol Sci. 2016 Jan;43(1):213-8. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2015.309. PubMed PMID: 27182570.

Lin AW, Das S, Fraser JA, Ang LC, Florendo-Cumbermack A, Jenkins ME, Tay KY. Emergence of Primary CNS Lymphoma in a Patient with Findings of CLIPPERS. Can J Neurol Sci. 2014 Jul;41(4):528-9. doi: 10.1017/s0317167100018631. PMID: 24878484.

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