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Dr. Karen (Pinky) Schultz BSc, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Dr. Karen (Pinky) Schultz
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Contact Info
613 533 6000 x 77280

Dr. Schultz earned her BSc from Dalhousie University, graduating with the Governor General’s Gold Medal for the top graduating student in her class. She is a proud Queen’s alumna having earned her MD from Queen’s University, where she also completed her residency in Family Medicine.

Since 1987, Dr. Schultz has been at Queen’s University in the Department of Family Medicine. She has held a series of positions, including Curriculum Director and Program Director for the Family Medicine residency program.  At the national level, Dr. Schultz has held numerous roles with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and currently serves as chair of the Certification Process and Assessment Committee.

Dr. Schultz has had a prolific career as an educator and a mentor and is widely known and recognized for her leadership in implementing Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) in the Family Medicine program. She has been the recipient of numerous awards that celebrate her work as both an administrator and an educator. While Program Director, the Queen’s Department of Family Medicine received the PARO Program of the Year Award in 2012 and 2016. In 2012, the Ontario College of Family Physicians recognized her with their Award of Excellence. And in 2015, the Canadian Association of Medical Educators (CAME) awarded her with a Certificate of Merit, in recognition of her commitment to medical education.  

In 2017 Dr. Schultz was honoured to receive the CFPC’s Jim Ruderman award, a national award for leadership. She is a five-time recipient of the Clinical Instructors Award, a three-time recipient of the IMG Excellence in Clinical Teaching Recognition Award, and a two-time recipient of the Faculty of Health Sciences Education Award. She has also received the CAME Best Poster Award, the Family Medicine Residents’ Appreciation Award and was recognized by the Office of Faculty Development Professional Enhancement Recognition Program.

The focus of Dr. Schultz’s research is on medical education. Through her scholarly work, she aims to improve curriculum, assessments and learning outcomes for medical students, residents and fellows. Her recent research projects cover topics such as transforming the assessment culture, improving the delivery of competency-based medical education, and improving the learning environment through exploring the impact of the hidden curriculum.