Stella Ng




Stella is passionate about preparing health professionals for the humanistic, social-relational, and structural aspects of health care practice. Her tri-council, ministry and foundation-funded research program has shown that critical reflection is crucial to compassionately, collaboratively, and ethically navigating value-conflicted and uncertain zones of practice. Her passion was sparked by challenges she experienced as a pediatric audiologist in the public-school system, which motivated her to launch her research program in reflective practice, critical reflection, and critical pedagogies. She mobilizes this theory and research within her education and leadership work. Stella is Director and Scientist, Centre for Interprofessional Education, Associate Professor, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and Wilson Centre Scientist, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She is also the recipient of the Ministry Early Researcher Award, Meridith Marks New Educator Award and an AMS Phoenix Fellow in Compassion and AI/Digital Technology.

Recent Publications

  1. Rowland, P, Tavares, W, Lowe, M, Tripp, T, Richardson, J, Anderson, M et al.. Rapid Knowledge Mobilization and Continuing Professional Development: Educational Responses to COVID-19. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2021; :. doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000348. PubMed PMID:34009838 .
  2. Brydges, R, Nemoy, L, Campbell, DM, Meffe, F, Moscovitch, L, Fella, S et al.. "We can't just have a casual conversation": An institutional ethnography-informed study of work in labour and birth. Soc Sci Med. 2021;279 :113975. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.113975. PubMed PMID:33964590 .
  3. Baker, LR, Phelan, S, Woods, NN, Boyd, VA, Rowland, P, Ng, SL et al.. Re-envisioning paradigms of education: towards awareness, alignment, and pluralism. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2021; :. doi: 10.1007/s10459-021-10036-z. PubMed PMID:33742339 .
  4. Spiegle, G, Yin, P, Wright, S, Ng, S, O'Brien, T, Friesen, F et al.. A narrative review of ambulatory care education in Canadian internal medicine. Can Med Educ J. 2020;11 (6):e99-e110. doi: 10.36834/cmej.69333. PubMed PMID:33349759 PubMed Central PMC7749669.
  5. Ng, SL, Rowland, P, Kinsella, EA. Emancipatory knowledge and epistemic reflexivity: The knowledge and practice for change?. Med Educ. 2021;55 (1):8-10. doi: 10.1111/medu.14414. PubMed PMID:33179315 .
  6. Kangasjarvi, E, Ng, SL, Friesen, F, Simpson, JS. Patients as teachers and arts-based reflection in surgical clerkship: A preliminary exploration. Med Teach. 2020;42 (12):1362-1368. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2020.1807482. PubMed PMID:32847442 .
  7. Snelgrove, R, Ng, SL, Devon, K. Reconceptualizing Ethics Through Morbidity and Mortality Rounds. J Am Coll Surg. 2020;231 (2):244-248.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2020.04.038. PubMed PMID:32479898 .
  8. MacKinnon, KR, Ross, LE, Rojas Gualdron, D, Ng, SL. Correction to: Teaching health professionals how to tailor gender-affirming medicine protocols: A design thinking project. Perspect Med Educ. 2020;9 (3):195. doi: 10.1007/s40037-020-00583-3. PubMed PMID:32410079 PubMed Central PMC7283415.
  9. Simpson, JS, Ng, S, Kangasjarvi, E, Kalocsai, C, Hindle, A, Kumagai, A et al.. Humanistic education in surgery: a "patient as teacher" program for surgical clerkship. Can J Surg. 2020;63 (3):E257-E260. doi: 10.1503/cjs.005319. PubMed PMID:32400846 PubMed Central PMC7829014.
  10. MacKinnon, KR, Ross, LE, Rojas Gualdron, D, Ng, SL. Teaching health professionals how to tailor gender-affirming medicine protocols: A design thinking project. Perspect Med Educ. 2020;9 (5):324-328. doi: 10.1007/s40037-020-00581-5. PubMed PMID:32301051 PubMed Central PMC7550508.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Director and Scientist, University of Toronto Centre for Interprofessional Education, University Health Network
  • Teaching for Transformation Program, Centre for Faculty Development, St. Michael’s Hospital & University of Toronto
  • Co-founder and Strategic Advisor, Applied Education Research Operatives, Unity Health Toronto
  • Associate Professor, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Cross-Appointed Scientist, The Wilson Centre, University of Toronto and University Health Network