Shannon L. Venance, MD, PhD, FRCPC


Vice Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University
Office: London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital C7-120
Phone: 519-663-3874
Secretary: Sherry Conrad



Bio Sketch

Shannon Venance, MD, PhD, FRCPC earned her PhD from Queen's University in 1993 and her MD from the University of Ottawa in 1997. Neurology residency training was completed at the University of Ottawa, followed by a Neuromuscular Fellowship at London Health Sciences Centre and muscle fellowship at the University of Rochester, NY.

Dr Venance joined the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University in 2004. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 and to Professor in 2022. Her clinical expertise is in disorders of muscle, and she collaborates with a diverse group of health professionals in the investigation and management of individuals with muscle disorders. She received her certification as an electromyographer by the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists in 2003.

Dr. Venance is a highly engaged clinician teacher, teaching and learning through the spectrum of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education. She is the Director of Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) Implementation for Schulich Medicine & Dentistry working with residency programs, program directors, clinical departments and the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Office to facilitate the transition of our postgraduate training programs to a CBME framework.



Dr. Venance's interests lie in patient-centered clinical research involving qualitative methodologies and clinical trials in muscle diseases. She is a member of the Muscle Study Group, the Canadian Neuromuscular Group and a site investigator for the Canadian Neuromuscular Disease Registry.

Medical Interests

Adult Muscle Disease, Clinical Education, Electromyography (EMG: diseases of peripheral nerve and muscle)

Honours and Awards

  • 2017, Distinguished leader Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Western University
  • 2016, Dean's Award of Excellence, Western University
  • 2014, Honour Teaching Roll, Western University Students' Council
  • 2014, The Angelika Hahn Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Western University
  • 2014, Clinical Science Teaching Award, Western University
  • 2012, CAME/ECAM Certificate of Merit, Western University
  • 2012, Honour Teaching Roll, Western University Students' Council
  • 2012, The Douglas Bocking Award for Excellence in Medical teaching, Western University
  • 2011, Student Support Team Mentorship Award, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • 2010, HUMEC Award of Excellence, Western University
  • 2010, Honour Teaching Roll, Western University Students' Council
  • 2010, Honorary President of Hippocratic Council, Western University
  • 2010, A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Certificate, American Academy of Neurology
  • 2009, Honour Teaching Roll, Western University Students' Council
  • 2008, Honour Teaching Roll, Western University Students' Council
  • 2008. HUMEC Honourable Mention, Neuroscience, Eye, and Ear, Western University
  • 2007, Honour Teaching Roll, Western University Students' Council
  • 2007, Undergraduate Award of Excellence in Education, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
  • 1996, Highest Standing in the Link Block, American Society of Clinical Pathologists
  • 1996, Merit Scholarship, University of Ottawa



PubMed Publications Listing


Koopman WJ, LaDonna KA, Anne Kinsella E, Venance SL, Watling CJ. Getting airtime: Exploring how patients shape the stories they tell health practitioners. Med Educ. 2021 Oct;55(10):1142-1151. doi: 10.1111/medu.14561. Epub 2021 May 27. PMID: 33979015.

Tithecott G, Massey KD, Van Deven T, Venance SL, Ross F, Jacobs L, Rosenfield J. Western University Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Acad Med. 2020 Sep;95(9S A Snapshot of Medical Student Education in the United States and Canada: Reports From 145 Schools):S583-S587. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003470. PMID: 33626774.

Beanlands RA, Robinson LJ, Venance SL. An LGBTQ+ mentorship program enriched the experience of medical students and physician mentors. Can Med Educ J. 2020 Dec 7;11(6):e159-e162. doi: 10.36834/cmej.69936. PMID: 33349768; PMCID: PMC7749670.

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.

Sebok-Syer SS, Goldszmidt M, Watling CJ, Chahine S, Venance SL, Lingard L. Using Electronic Health Record Data to Assess Residents' Clinical Performance in the Workplace: The Good, the Bad, and the Unthinkable. Acad Med. 2019 Jun;94(6):853-860. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002672. PMID: 30844936.

LaDonna KA, Watling CJ, Ray SL, Piechowicz C, Venance SL. Evolving Motivations: Patients' and Caregivers' Perceptions About Seeking Myotonic Dystrophy (DM1) and Huntington's Disease Care. Qual Health Res. 2017 Sep;27(11):1727-1737. doi: 10.1177/1049732317711901. Epub 2017 Jun 19. PubMed PMID: 28799481.

Climans SA, Piechowicz C, Koopman WJ, Venance SLSurvey of Canadian Myotonic Dystrophy Patients' Access to Computer Technology. Can J Neurol Sci. 2017 May 24:1-5. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2017.47. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28535832


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