Dr. Ivan Silver is a full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and the inaugural Vice President, Education at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health.
Drawing from his experience at the University, Dr. Silver is responsible for envisioning and creating a teaching and learning culture at CAMH that will draw students and trainees to the hospital and support the teaching and learning experience of everyone who works there.
Formerly the Vice‐Dean of Continuing Education and Professional Development (2005‐2011) in the Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto, Dr. Silver has also served as an Educational Consultant with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital and was the inaugural Director of the Faculty of Medicine’s renowned Centre for Faculty Development (2002‐2009). Prior to his move to CAMH, he was a staff psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Silver is a nationally and internationally respected scholar in the areas of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Faculty Development and Interprofessional Education and Collaboration. He has built a national reputation as a skilled clinician, an esteemed teacher and educator, and a creative facilitator. Among his many awards and honours is the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship, a national award that recognizes outstanding contributions to university teaching across all disciplines.
Dr. Silver is a 1975 graduate of Dalhousie medical school. He specialized in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and joined the Faculty in 1981. He completed a Masters Degree in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in 1997. In his specialty area of psychiatry, he has developed local and national strategies for delivering continuing education to mental health professionals in Toronto and in Canada. He has worked with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to help develop the Maintenance of Certification program. In his role with the Centre for Faculty Development, he initiated several programs to enhance the professional development of faculty. His academic interests include how students of all ages learn, the development of novel teaching methods, how to engage students in learning interactively and inter‐professionally and models for implementing and evaluating professional development and continuing education programs.
Dr. Silver has profoundly influenced health professions education at and outside the University of Toronto as a teacher and mentor, as a translational scholar, as a faculty developer and as an educational leader with a passion for creating and nurturing a culture of teaching and learning.