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  • Waheeda Esmail joins the IMP as new Regional Administrative Director

    Jul 4, 2017 | Posted by: Joy Kirstin & Rhys Mahannah

    We are pleased to welcome Waheeda Esmail as the new Regional Administrative Director for the Island Medical Program. Waheeda took over for Lianne Peterson, who retired on June 30, 2017.

    Waheeda joins us from the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, where she most recently held the position of Associate Director of Administration. In this role, she implemented and led a shared service centre that oversaw the Human Resources, Finance, and Student Affairs administration for three clinical departments. She has extensive experience in financial management, strategic planning, change management communications, research administration, and project management.

    We recently connected with Waheeda to learn a little more about her.

    How did you first become interested in medical administration?

    Throughout my university education, I worked in the financial sector to fund my educational pursuits. After completing a Masters in Religious Studies, I sought employment in the public sector, as it became increasingly important to me to pursue a career that was in line with my values of service to the community. I decided to work in higher education, because I simply loved the energy of the university environment. The Faculty of Medicine at McGill took a chance on me, so to speak, and there I joined a community of smart and dedicated individuals working towards common goals within a complex environment. As it turned out, a career in medical administration had just the right workplace dynamic to keep me engaged and stimulated!

    Are there any specific professional experiences in particular that you’ll draw from as you begin your work with IMP?

    There are many areas of my past I expect to draw from. While at McGill, I worked for nine departments in the Faculty of Medicine (Pathology; Anatomy and Cell Biology; Oncology; Surgery; Anesthesia; Otolaryngology; Pediatrics; Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Pediatric Surgery). Specifically, I oversaw their human resources and financial administration, academic affairs, and the administration of medical education. In addition to this work experience, I hold a Chartered Professional of Human Resources designation and use my knowledge of HR best practices to lead teams. I have also been active in the non-profit sector, where, as an elected board member, I’ve focused on questions surrounding governance and decision-making processes. I believe that the above coupled with my 18 years of experience in client service will serve me well in my role here at the IMP.

    What excites you about IMP, and what do you look forward to strengthening in the program?

    The distributed learning model, the partnership with the various institutions, and our own Division of Medical Science are all areas that I find exciting about the IMP. I look forward to learning how they all function and how my role and those of my team can help each area achieve its strategic goals. One thing that can always be strengthened in any work environment is relationships. The IMP already possesses an excellent team of energetic and dedicated individuals, and I hope to contribute to the positive work environment that has already been established here.

    You’ve been described as having a synergistic and collaborative working style. What can IMP colleagues expect?

    I believe the people who know the work best are the people who actually do the work! As a result, I want to hear from our administrative specialists on what works and what doesn’t and how we can improve the administration together.

    Do you have any hobbies or interest you’d like to share?

    Well I am a complete sci-fi nerd, so I welcome all references to things like Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, etc.

    Is there anything else you’d like to add or share from a professional or personal standpoint?

    Only to say that I am absolutely thrilled to join you at the IMP and Division of Medical Sciences, and that the welcome I have received has been truly wonderful. I would like to thank Lianne especially for all the work and preparation she has put into orienting me these past few weeks. Though our feet may be of similar size, I apparently need to buy 70+ pairs of shoes to fill!