Sept. 29, 2015


For immediate release:
Sept. 29, 2015

Dr. Karen Shaw elected as new President of the Medical Council of Canada

Ottawa – At the 2015 Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Annual Meeting, Dr. Karen Shaw was elected as the new Council President for a two year term. Dr. Shaw has served on Council since 2011 and over the last year has been its Vice-President.

The incoming President will lead the organization at an important juncture, and will see through important initiatives such as the application of the new Blueprint for MCC qualifying examinations, the development of an internationally delivered MCCQE Part I and the inauguration of the organization’s new headquarters that are currently under construction.

“I am looking forward to serving the Medical Council of Canada in this new role.” said Dr. Shaw. “The MCC’s work in “striving for the highest level of medical care for Canadians through excellence in evaluation of physicians” is extremely important to each and every one of us as patients, but also to those of us who are regulators. I hope to meaningfully contribute towards achieving this vision.”

Upon graduation with a BSC (advanced) in 1978 and an M.D. in 1983 from the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Shaw completed an internship at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, following which; she practised family medicine at the Cumberland Medical Clinic and at the Student Health Centre on the University of Saskatchewan’s campus.

Dr. Shaw entered the world of medical regulation serving first as a Councillor, and then President for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan. She joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan staff as a Complaints Manager, became the Deputy Registrar in 2001 and the Registrar in 2011. She has also served nationally on the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada as Member at Large and as President.

The MCC also welcomed four new members to Council at this year’s Annual Meeting:

  •  Dr. Anna Ziomek, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
  •  Dr. Tracey Hillier, University of Alberta
  •  Resident Member: Dr. Serge Keverian, “Fédération des médecins residents du Québec”
  •  Student Member: Mr. Julien Dallaire, “Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec”

The vision for the Medical Council of Canada is to achieve the highest level of medical care for Canadians through excellence in evaluation of physicians. It conducts over 12,000 assessments of medical students and graduates every year through its four examinations. Its exams are offered in both official languages in sites across Canada, and in the case of its Evaluating Examination, in over 500 locations in 80 countries.


For more information:

Jessica Hertzog
Senior Communications Advisor
Medical Council of Canada
613-521-6012, ext. 2277