It is with great sadness that we reflect on the life and accomplishments of our friend and mentor, Karen Mann. Karen was a truly amazing scholar who touched so many of us. Some of her most influential work occurred after she officially retired from Dalhousie University. As many know, though, Karen never did actually “retire” and she loved her engagement in medical education and interacting with her colleagues at home and abroad. A search of PUBMED or Google Scholar provides an overview of her vast work in the areas of education theory, reflection, feedback, curriculum development, continuing medical education, faculty development and other areas so central to the continuum of medical education. She formally supported graduate students at Dalhousie, Maastricht, and Manchester Universities and informally mentored and encouraged countless learners across the continuum and colleagues locally, nationally and internationally, cheerfully giving of her time and energy to support a learner’s development and ensure high quality scholarly work.
Karen was a member of SACME for many years. Of interest, she was the Editor, Special Issue on Continuum of Medical Education, Journal of Continuing Medical Education in the Health Professions, 1996, and in 2005 received the SACME Award for Research in Continuing Medical Education. Much more recently, Karen was one of the three invited speakers at Dave Davis’ retirement reception during CPD World Congress, March 2016 in San Diego (unable to attend, Karen spoke by video). And, of special note, this past summer and early fall, Karen co-authored with Jocelyn Locker the chapter on Education Theory for the new book Continuing Professional Development in Medicine and Healthcare: Better Education, Better Patient Outcomes with Bill Rayburn, Dave Davis, and Mary Turco as editors.
Karen continued to do research in the area of feedback, most recently supporting the completion of the NBME/Stemmler grant which tested the R2C2 model of feedback amongst residents in three countries and five different specialties. She presented and taught widely over the past year, including in October as a member of the Professional Education Advisory Committee, International Medical University, Malaysia, and making multiple peer-reviewed presentations (CCME, AMEE) and invited visits. She’s received many national and international awards, and, in September, Dalhousie University was pleased to honor her as their annual Cudmore Scholar, an honor bestowed upon an international scholar in medical education. As well as her academic accomplishments, we all will remember her for her lovely smile, her interest in others, her willingness to help, and her gentle and graceful manner. We were so very lucky to have her as a member of our community. .
A link to her obituary is provided http://thechronicleherald.ca/obituaries/1419718-mann-price-karen-virginia or http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Karen-Mann&lc=3758&pid=182828575&mid=7185655
We will miss our colleague and friend.
Joan Sargeant, PhD, Professor, Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine
Jocelyn Lockyer, PhD, Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary