About Us



Sanokondu, which is an adaptation of 'health leadership' in the universal language of Esperanto, is an international community of practice dedicated to fostering health professional leadership education worldwide.  

Sanokondu is dedicated to the creation and dissemination of open educational resources to support leadership development educators.

The platform for the emergence of sanokondu was first established in October 2014 at the Toronto International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians (TISLEP), which represented a collaboration between the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine and Institute for Healthcare Policy, Measurement and Evaluation, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. TISLEP 2014 harnessed international expertise to contribute to the development of guiding principles for physician leadership education, thus furthering the many contributions already underway by these and other institutions.  Subsequent annual TISLEP meetings have provided opportunities for further growth and expansion of initiatives underway.    

Following the first summit, many participants began to collaborate in the development of a competency-based leadership curriculum for postgraduate learners; this catalyzed the formation of sanokondu.  The first sampling from sanokondu's initial product, a curriculum for medical residents, is posted on this website.  Sanokondu welcomes anyone interested in leadership education for healthcare professionals. As we are still a nascent community, our processes are still under development.  Please contact any of us below for further information.

Founding Members:

Dr. Jaimu Busari, Maastricht University, The Netherlands


Jamiu Busari, MD MHPE PhD, is an associate professor of medical education at Maastricht University, Department Chair and Program Director of the specialist training program at the Department of Pediatrics, Zuyderland Medical Center, Netherlands. Jamiu is a Maastricht University alumnus, a Harvard Macy Scholar and an HBS executive education graduate in Managing Health Care Delivery. Some of his current roles include:

• Co-Chair Planning Committee NASKHO-TISLEP Joint Conference 2018
• Executive board member of the Netherlands Association for Medical Education (NVMO) 
• Member of the International collaboration on competency-based medical education (ICBME) 
• Member, international clinician educators network (ICEnet)
• Member, Toronto International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians (TISLEP) Planning Committee http://tislep.pgme.utoronto.ca/.

His academic interests include management and leadership development, residency education, faculty and curriculum development.


Dr. Ming-Ka Chan, University of Manitoba, Canada


Ming-Ka Chan, BSc (Psych) MD MHPE FRCPC, is a Clinician Educator and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She is currently the Director of Education & Faculty Development, Department of Pediatrics & Child Health and Director of Shantou University Medical College-University of Manitoba Academic Exchange. Some roles include:


• Co-Chair, CanMEDS 2015 Working Group for the Leader Role and Scholar-Teacher Role
• Founder and Co-Facilitator, Annual Canadian Pediatric Resident Leadership Conference 
• Faculty and Planning Committee Member, Canadian Leadership Institute for Medical Education (CLIME) and Chair, Planning Committee for CLIME 2
   Member, Toronto International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians (TISLEP) Planning Committee (co-chair 2014-2018) http://tislep.pgme.utoronto.ca/

 Member, NASKHO-TISLEP Joint Conference 2018 Planning Committee

Her academic interests include leadership development in healthcare learners; feedback and assessment; transitions in the education continuum; competency-based medical education; and program evaluation.


Dr. Deepak Dath, DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, Canada


Deepak Dath, MD FRCSC, is a Laparoscopic Hepatobiliary Surgeon and Professor of Surgery at McMaster University in Hamilton where he has practiced since 2001. He currently works at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre. Dr. Dath attended medical school at the University of Western Ontario and completed a residency in general surgery at McMaster University. He then pursued a Masters of Education at OISE, a Fellowship in Surgical Education at the Centre for Research in Education and a Fellowship in Hepatobiliary Surgery, all at the University of Toronto.  Some of his past and current include:


 Developer of the CORE program in surgery at McMaster

 Vice-chair of the Surgical Foundations Advisory Committee at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

 Former Co-chair, CanMEDS 2015 Leader Role Working Group

 Member, Toronto International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians (TISLEP) Planning Committee http://tislep.pgme.utoronto.ca/

• Member, NASKHO-TISLEP Joint Conference Planning Committee


Deepak's research centres on teaching the CanMEDS Intrinsic roles in daily practice, teaching in challenging situations and introducing interprofessional education to our system. His medical work involves developing the Leader Role in CanMEDS 2015 for Canadians and other jurisdictions abraod where CanMEDS is used.




Dr. Diane de Camps Meschino, University of Toronto, Canada


Diane de Camps Meschino, BSc(Hons) MD FRCPC MCert (MD Leadership), is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Some of her current roles include:

• Co-Chair Planning Committee NASKHO-TISLEP Joint Conference 2018 
•Toronto International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians (TISLEP) Planning Committee http://tislep.pgme.utoronto.ca/ 
• Co-chair Leader Role CBME Curriculum (Department of Psychiatry, UofT)
• Psychotherapy CBME Committee member (UoT)
• Professionalism Community of Practice (UoT) 
• Founder and Past Head Reproductive Life Stages Programme (Mental Health WCH)
• Founder Intergenerational Trauma Intervention for new mothers 
• Faculty Development Committee member (UofT)
• Past President of Medical Staff WCH

Her academic interests include leadership development in faculty and learners; trauma-informed healthcare; clinical/academic programme development and; health systems transformation.


Dr. David Keegan, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada


David Keegan, MD CCFP(EM) FCFP, is an associate professor of Family Medicine and associate dean of Faculty Development at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.  Some of his other roles include:

• Founding editor of LearnFM, the shared Canadian curriculum in family medicine (learnfm.ca or sharcfm.ca)
• Founding editor of TeachFM.org, an open-access resource for family medicine teachers/educators worldwide.
• Past president of both the Canadian Federation of Medical Students and the Canadian Association of Interns and Residents (now called Resident Doctors of Canada).
He loves working on big challenges with unclear paths forward.

Dr. Anne Matlow, University of Toronto, Canada


Anne Matlow, MD FRCPC, is the Faculty Lead for Strategic Initiatives in Post MD Education at the University of Toronto, focusing on leadership, quality, safety and professionalism. She graduated from the University of Toronto medical school and has clinical specialty qualifications in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology. Local and national leadership positions have included:

•  Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control and Patient Safety at SickKids
•  Associate Director of the University of Toronto’s (UofT) Centre for Patient Safety, 
• Patient Safety Systems Educator with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and healthcare surveyor with Accreditation Canada. 
• Co-chair, Toronto International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians (TISLEP) Planning Committee since its inception of TISLEP in 2014.


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Danielle Kiss,
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