Dr. Kinzie is an academic family physician and associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. She practices at Stonechurch Family Health Centre where she provides comprehensive care for a diverse patient population, in an interprofessional team-based model of care. Since 2015 she has held the role of Postgraduate Program Director for Family Medicine, overseeing the training of over 200 family medicine residents distributed across 12 sites.
From 2005 to 2015, Sarah served as National Director of the Residency Practice-Based Small Group (PBSG) Learning Program, a program administered by the McMaster-affiliated, non-profit Foundation for Medical Practice Education. That involvement supported numerous research and faculty development initiatives that explore how physicians learn and change, with a focus on supporting the transition from residency to practice.
Sarah’s primary academic focus lies in postgraduate medical education. Over the years she has led numerous curriculum innovations, oriented toward equipping residents effectively for sustainable, generalist practice. Other academic interests include relationship-centered care and teaching, supportive learning and remediation strategies, and professional identity development.
As Postgraduate Program Director, Sarah has been actively engaged in the area of selection for a number of years, leading local development and implementation of updated selection tools and processes oriented toward increasing standardization, fairness, transparency, and equity. An active member of the Family Medicine Program Directors Selection Working Group since 2019, Sarah contributed to national recommendations which have been endorsed for family medicine residency selection in Canada and is a key partner in two subsequent and ongoing initiatives –the Family Medicine Structured Reference Form and a new FM-specific situational judgment test, introduced for the 2022 admissions cycle.