Cross appointments

Does not hold any cross appointments.

Leadership style

Medical education is our raison d'etre.

Without curious minds triggering uncomfortable questions, progress as an academic institution is not possible.

We must always remember that learners teach us something new every day.

Teaching philosophy

Medical educators have a critical role in supporting the experiential learning of our students and residents. A rich learning environment fosters curiosity and commitment to problem solving by structuring opportunities for the student take on real responsibilities as a member of the health-care team.


Drive to quality improvement is the key to a successful clinical research program.


Dr. Burnett is currently professor and associate head, academic in her department.

She obtained her CCFP and practiced family medicine in Winnipeg.

She spent eight years in private practice and was invited to join the geographic full-time teaching faculty at the University of Manitoba.

As the director of undergraduate medical education for obstetrics and gynecology, she was able engage the medical students by defining and valuing their role as integral members of the health-care team.

She served as obstetrics and gynecology residency program director for 10 years.

She championed the implementation of simulation in medical education, deliberate practice in clinical decision-making, portfolios for learner assessment, practical competency-based learner assessment and transition to practice through effective clinical mentorship.

Her clinical interests include advancement of women’s reproductive rights, implementation of minimally invasive gynecology and evidence-based strategies for physician wellness.

She has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards and has given invited presentations throughout Canada.

Dr. Burnett has mentored more than 250 individual learners including elective students, residents and colleagues. She believes she has been enriched by each one.


Dr. Burnett graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1981 with BSc (Med) and MD degrees.

She completed the advanced instructor course in medical simulation in Boston in 2010 and used her newly acquired skills to implement popular high-fidelity simulation curricula in her department.

Seven years and two children later, she returned to the University of Manitoba and completed the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program followed by the APOG/Solvay Scholarship in Medical Education.

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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
260 Brodie Centre - 727 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba, Bannatyne Campus
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P5 Canada