Department of Family & Community Medicine

Risa Freeman MD, CCFP, MEd, FCFP
Associate Professor
DFCM
Contact Info
Location
North York General Hospital
North York Medical Arts Building
1333 Sheppard Ave. E., Suite 330
Toronto, ON, M2J 1V1
Accepting
Graduate Students
Research Interests
Education Research, Medical Education Curricula and Innovation, Student and Faculty Learning Strategies, Evaluation and Assessment, Faculty Development and Leadership

Dr. Risa Freeman received her MD degree from McMaster University and completed postgraduate training, an academic fellowship in Family Medicine and a Masters of Education at the University of Toronto. Her community-based clinical practice is affiliated with North York General Hospital where she has been a member of the active staff since 1990. She teaches at the undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and continuing professional and interprofessional development levels in her clinical office and at the University of Toronto. 

Research/Teaching

Research Synopsis

Dr. Freeman's academic and scholarly work focuses on medical education curricula and innovation, student and faculty learning strategies, evaluation and assessment, and faculty development and leadership. 

Grants

2018 
Senior Investigator. Multisource Feedback in the Family Medicine Clerkship – a pilot feasibility study. Art of the Possible grant, DFCM Office of Education Scholarship. Valin S (PI), Moaveni A, Nyhof-Young J, Wright S, Young S, Freeman R. $4,705 CAD 
    
2017 Sep-2019 Sep 
Senior Investigator. From classroom to clinic: assessing a novel integrated curriculum to teach ethical decision making for future physicians. Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation. Bernard C (Co-PI), Kulasegaram K (Co-PI), Freeman R, Knifed E. $79,500 CAD 
    
2017-2018 
Senior investigator: Building education scholarship capacity: concept to application in a hospital-based family medicine teaching unit. 
Art of the Possible grant, DFCM Office of Education Scholarship. 
Chen B (PI), Fernando O, Heisey R, Freeman R. 
$4,883 CAD 
    
2016-2017 
Senior Investigator: Understanding Clinician Teacher’s Self-Perception of their Academic Roles: A pilot study. 
UTOPIAN Idea to Proposal grant. 
Chen B (PI), Nyhof-Young J, Heisey R, Freeman R. 
$7,915 CAD 
    
2016 Jan-2017 Jan 
Senior Investigator: Multisource feedback in the Family Medicine clerkship: a pilot evaluation. 
Art of the Possible Education Scholarship Grant, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. 
Nutik M (PI), Moaveni A, Valin S, Wright S, Young S. Freeman R. 
$4,750 CAD 
   
2016 Jan-2017 Jan 
Collaborator: Department of Family and Community Medicine Global Health Educational Activities & Scholarship: An Environmental Scan. 
Art of the Possible Education Scholarship Grant, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. 
Rouleau K (PI), Freeman R, Webster F, Krueger P, Pakes B, Sodhi S, Landes M, Butcher R. 
$1,000 CAD 
   
2016 Jan-2018 Jul 
Senior Investigator: Generalism: Looking back to move ahead in curriculum renewal. A critical discourse analysis in undergraduate medical education. 
Art of the Possible Education Scholarship Grant, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. 
Nutik M (PI), Alvi R, Moaveni A, Whitehead C, Freeman R. 
$4,650 CAD 
    
2015 Jul-2017 Jun 
Collaborator: Pilot Needs Assessment and Usability Testing of an eLearning Mobile Application for Procedural Skill Acquisition and Training for Residents and Teachers. 
Idea to Proposal (I2P), UTOPIAN, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. 
Rezmovitz J (PI), MacPhee I, Domb S, Wideman A, Freeman R, Maxted J, Biswas T, Kulasegaram M, Brydges R, Tsirigotis D. 
$14,653.86 CAD 
    
2005-2007 
Co-Investigator: Genetics education: Preparing physicians for the future (phase 2). 
Dean’s Excellence Fund, Education Deans Innovations Fund, and Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. 
Telner D, Carroll J, Medved W, Regehr G, Tabak D, Tennenbaum D, Freeman R. 
$16,000 CAD 
    
2002 - 2004 
Principal Investigator: Implementation of an electronic patient encounter log card in the undergraduate Family Medicine Clerkship: An innovative and collaborative project in student feedback and program evaluation. 
Instructional Technology Courseware Development Fund, and Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. 
Freeman R (PI), Alvi R (Co-PI), Spero L (Co-PI), Rachlis A, Evans M, Tarrant M. 
$40,000 CAD Renewal Amount: $31,000 CAD 
    
2001 - 2004 
Principal Investigator: Improving undergraduate teaching by teaching residents to teach: An innovative program for Family Medicine residents. 
Dean’s Excellence Fund and Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. 
Freeman R (PI), Rachlis A (Co-PI), Kumar B, Batty H, Tannenbaum D, Alvi R, Law M. 
$25,200 CAD Renewal Amount: $34,200 CAD 
   
2001 - 2004 
Principal Investigator: Implementations of a comprehensive site visit program in the undergraduate Family Medicine Program: A CQI project in faculty development. 
Dean’s Excellence Fund and Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. 
Freeman R. Bordman R, Malik R, Regehr G, 
$20,000 CAD Renewal Amount: $10,400 CAD 
    
2001 - 2003 
Co-Principal Investigator. Enhancing academic inquiry and productivity: A faculty development initiative in Family Medicine. 
Dean’s Excellence Fund and Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. 
Freeman R (Co-PI), Chen B (Co-PI), Batty H, Regehr G. 
$20,000 CAD 
   
2001 - 2002 
Collaborator: Toronto Group on Mentoring – Development of a web-based resource and information exchange. 
Dean’s Excellence Fund and Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. 
Tiberius R (PI), Abner E, Bodley J, Cheng A, Freeman R, Kapral M, Levinson W, Meier R, Mocarski E, Sadavoy B, Sinai J. 
$40,000 CAD 
    
2000 - 2001 
Co-Principal Investigator: The effectiveness of unannounced standardized patients in the clinical setting as a teaching intervention. 
Association of Canadian Medical Colleges (ACMC/MRC). Elman D (PI),Freeman R (Co-PI), Tabak D, Hooks R, Missiha N. 
$17,925 CAD 

Publications and Awards

Recent Publications

Onyura B, Crann S, Tannenbaum D, Whittaker MK, Murdoch S, Freeman R. Is postgraduate leadership education a match for the wicked problems of health systems leadership? A critical systematic review. Perspectives on Medical Education. 2019 Jun 3;8(3)133–42. 
    
Parker K, Cartmill C, Freeman R. Integrating programme evaluation and strategy: a promising practice. Medical education. 2018 Mar 2. 
    
Telner D, Carroll J, Regehr G, Tabak D, Semotiuk K, Freeman R. Teaching primary care genetics: A randomized controlled trial comparison. Family Medicine 2017;49(6):443-50. 
    
Whitehead C, Kuper A, Freeman R, Grundland B, Webster F. Compassionate care? A critical discourse analysis of accreditation standards. Medical Education. 2014 Jun;48(6):632-43. 

Honours and Awards

Academic Family Physician of the Year Award, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2016 
    
Professional Development Program Mentorship Award 2013-2014, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2014 
    
Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME/ACEM) Certificate of Merit Award, 2004 
    
Award for Research Excellence, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2002