Dr. Inge Schabort is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and the International Medical Graduate (IMG) Coordinator and Academic Half Day Coordinator at the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University. She practices as a full-time family physician at Stonechurch Family Health Centre and she tutors Evidence-Based Medicine, Quality Improvement and Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences in the residency program.. She recently completed a Masters degree in Health Professions Education (MHPE) at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands and is currently working on her dissertation for a degree in Evidence Based Health Care from Oxford University in the UK.
After graduating cum laude first in her medical school class she worked as a physician in Sub-Saharan Africa for 10 years and completed postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, epidemiology, immunology, endocrinology, biochemistry and pathology before she was recruited to Canada. In Canada she had to compete for an IMG position in Ontario and then repeat her clerkship as well as complete a family medicine residency in the Ontario IMG program.
She has authored papers on several topics in medical education and primary care and research, and an invited book chapter on International Medical Graduates. She has received several awards including the 2012 Award of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Glenn Sawyer Service Award from the Ontario Medical Association in 2015.
Dr. Schabort is an author of the national FMEC IMG Environmental Scan document and she also was a physician-stakeholder consultant for the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and recognition of foreign qualifications for the entry to Residency pathway. She sat on the Thomson Working Group of the Council of Ontario Universities. She completed a review of the medical student and resident selection literature and has published research on IMG selection predictors for success.
Dr. Schabort was on the Ontario Steering Committee for the development of the Curriculum for the Ontario International Medical Graduate Pre-Residency program and currently is on the Curricular Advisory Committee for the Pre-residency IMG program in Ontario. She was also on the provincial steering committee for the development of the curriculum for Practice Ready Assessment. She sat on the Steering Committee for the Ontario Inter-professional Spinal Assessment Education Clinics (ISAEC) and was the Hamilton Primary Care Lead for the implementation of the ISAEC pilot. She currently is a member of the Hamilton Family Medicine Executive.
Her clinical and academic interests include medical education, selection, assessment, leadership, mentorship, IMG education and advocacy, disease screening, prevention and health promotion, diabetes care, pain management using clinical decision support systems in primary care, global health, inter-professional care and education, vulnerable population health, women’s health, chronic disease management, evidence-based medicine and primary care research.