Dr. Heather Murray is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s and is cross-appointed to the Department of Public Health Sciences. She has authored a large number of peer-reviewed scientific papers, book chapters, editorials and commentaries. Her publications include diverse areas such as skin and soft tissue infections, procedural sedation and the development of ED-based clinical decision rules in stroke and syncope. Her more recent research activities have focused on identifying effective methods for teaching skills in research and evidence-based medicine, and exploring new models for knowledge dissemination.
She is an accomplished educator at the School of Medicine. As the Scholar Competency lead at Queen’s she designed and implemented two new courses and an embedded 4-year curriculum for teaching evidence-based medicine. She has developed and published on new methods for teaching clinical reasoning both in the classroom and in the simulation lab. As a Year Director at the medical school she restructured the 2nd year curriculum and developed a novel series of complex cases which focus on clinical reasoning and the integration of non-medical expert physician roles. She has been the recipient of many teaching awards, including the 2013 CAME Certificate of Merit, the 2015 Principal’s Award for Curriculum Development, the 2016 Faculty of Health Sciences Education Award, the 2019 Connell Award and three Aesculapian Lectureship awards. In 2019 she was the winner of the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Award for outstanding influence on the quality of student learning at Queen’s University.