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Olga Szafran

Associate Director, Research Program
  • Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA), U of Alberta, 1985.
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Genetics), University of Alberta, 1980.

  • MED 515 (Community Health)-Module Coordinator for Community Health Field Experience for first year medical students (2006-present).

  • Health services utilization and delivery
  • Medical education, family medicine residency training
  • Physician practice patterns
  • International medical graduates
  • Culture and medicine


Publications (Recent five years):

  1. Waugh EH, Szafran O, Crutcher RA. (Editors).At the Interface of Culture and Medicine University of Alberta Press, 2011. [Book]
  2. Crutcher RA, Szafran O, Woloschuk W, Chatur F, Hansen C. Family medicine graduates' perceptions of intimidation, harassment, and discrimination during residency training. BMC Med Educ. 2011 Oct 24; 11:88, e1-e7.
  3. Szafran O, Waugh EH, Triscott JAC. Cultural competence of health professionals. In Waugh EH, Szafran O, Crutcher RA (eds). At the Interface of Culture and Medicine. University of Alberta Press, 2011. p. 19-33. [Book Chapter]
  4. Waugh EH, Szafran O, Triscott JAC.The impact of cultural/ethnic perspectives on dementia and end-of-life care in five communities in northern Alberta. In Waugh EH, Szafran O, Crutcher RA (eds). At the Interface of Culture and Medicine. University of Alberta Press, 2011. p. 189-202. [Book Chapter]
  5. Szafran O, Crutcher R, Woloschuk W. Trends in maternity care provided by family medicine graduates in Alberta 1983-2005.[Abstract]Family Medicine 2011; 43 (Jan) (Suppl 1).
  6. Konkin KJ, Szafran O, Myhre D, Dickinson J, Crutcher R. What do family medicine graduates say about locum practice? [Abstract]Family Medicine 2011; 43 (Jan) (Suppl 1).
  7. Waugh E, Szafran O, Triscott JAC. Cultural Competency Skills for Health Care Professionals--Learning Manual. Centre for the Cross-Cultural Study of Health and Healing, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta, 2010. [Teaching Manual]
  8. Myhre D, Konkin J, Woloschuk W, Szafran O, Hansen C, Crutcher R. Locum practice by recent family medicine graduates. Canadian Family Physician 2010; 56(5): e183-e190.
  9. Szafran O, Waugh E, Triscott J. Culturally-responsive end-of-life/dementia care in the community.[Abstract]Family Medicine 2010; 42 (Feb) (Suppl2).
  10. Waugh E, Triscott J, Szafran O, Aherne M. Culturally-responsive end-of-life/ dementia care in the community. [Abstract] The Canadian Journal of Geriatrics 2009; 12(1): 48049.
  11. Kolber M, Szafran O, Suwal J, Diaz M. Outcomes of 1949 endoscopic procedures: Performed by a Canadian rural family physician. Canadian Family Physician 2009; 55(2):170-175.
  12. Manca D, Varnhagen S, Brett-MacLean P, Allan GM, Szafran O. Respect from specialists: Concerns of family physicians. Canadian Family Physician 2008; 54(10):1434-5, 1435.e1-5.
  13. Hans N, Cave AJ, Szafran O, Johnson G, Glass A, Spooner GR, Klemka P, Schipper S. Pap smears: To swab or not to swab? Canadian Family Physician 2007; 53(8):1328-9, e1-e4.
  14. Allan GM, Manca D, Szafran O, Korownyk T. EBM a challenge for international medical graduates. Family Medicine. 2007; 39(3):160.
  15. Manca D, Varnhagen S, Brett-MacLean P, Allan GM, Szafran O, Ausford A, Rowntree C, Rumzan I, Turner D. The rewards and challenges of family practice: A web-based Delphi survey. Canadian Family Physician 2007; 53(Feb): 277-286.

Finalist in the Best Educational Category at the Alberta Film and Television Awards, Alberta Motion Picture Industry (AMPIA) for four films produced (2009): (1) Machine That Makes Air (Treatment Conflict)--Aboriginal Cree; (2) Personal Directives--Cantonese-speaking Chinese; (3) Dementia and Language Reversion--Francophone Community; and (4) Living Wills/Personal Directives--Francophone Community.

Canadian Family Physician Best Original Research Article Award, College of Family Physicians of Canada (2007-awarded for the best article published in 2006 based on original research entitled “Acute myocardial infarction. Quality of Care in Rural Alberta.”

President ((May 2005-September 2007) and Past President (October 2007-2009), Public Health Sciences Alumni Association, University of Alberta.

Reviewers Choice Award, Alberta Family Practice Research Network (AFPRN), Alberta College of Family Physicians (2006 and 2011)-awarded for the best abstracts submitted for the poster presentation at the Annual Scientific Assembly.

The Family Physician Research Award (1993)-awarded by Canadian Family Physician for the best research project published in the journal in 1992, entitled “Use of walk-in clinics by family practice patients.”

Robert Wood Johnson Award (1985)-awarded for demonstrating the most promise of making a noteworthy contribution in the field of health services administration.

Andrew Pattulo Award and Canadian Liquid Air Ltd Award (1982/83)-awarded for the highest academic achievement during the qualifying year of the Master’s program.