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Dr. Kalyani Premkumar MBBS, MD, MSc(MedEd), PhD, MBA Professor Community Health and Epidemiology

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Research Area(s)

  • Evaluation of multimedia resources for health professionals
  • Use of technology in medical teaching/learning
  • Simulation
  • Educational games
  • Curriculum design
  • Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
  • Self-directed learning
  • Educational Technology
  • Faculty Development


Dr. Kalyani Premkumar  MBBS MD MSc (Med Ed) PhD MBA
Professor, Community Health & Epidemiology
Lead, Masters in Education (Health Professions Education) Program, College of Medicine


  • MBA Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • PhD (Educational Technology), Faculty of Education, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • MSc (Medical Education), Department of Medical Science, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • MD (Physiology), Department of Physiology, Christian Medical College, University of Madras, Vellore, India
  • MBBS, Christian Medical College University of Madras, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Other credentials
Certificate in

  • Medical Education Leadership
  • WebCT Production Specialist
  • Swedish Relaxation Massage
  • Medical Simulation

Selected Awards

  • Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, University of Saskatchewan
  • Teaching Excellence Award, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  • Certificate of Merit Award, Canadian Association of Medical Education

Selected Faculty Appointments

  • Professor, Community Health & Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon 2016-07 to current
  • Director (Interim), Faculty Development, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan 2015-07 to 2016-12
  • Associate Director, Educational Support &,Development, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan 2007 to 2011-07

Selected Publications

Books, Peer-reviewed

  • Premkumar K. Anatomy and Physiology; The Massage Connection. 3rd Edition. Baltimore, MD, USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2011. 677 p. ISBN/ISSN: 9780781759229; http://www.lww.com/products/?53234

  • Premkumar K. Pathology A to Z - a Handbook for Massage Therapists. 3rd Edition. Baltimore, MD, USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2009. 389 p.  ISBN-13: 978-0781747998; http://www.lww.com/Product/9780781747998

  • Premkumar K. Medical Terminology - A Beginner’s Guide. 1st. Calgary, Canada: VanPub Books; 2003. 50 p.


  • Umaefulam V, Premkumar K. Development of text messages for mobile health education to promote diabetic retinopathy awareness and eye care behavior among Indigenous women. In: Chen H, Fang Q, Zeng D, Wu J, editors. Smart Health. 1. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2018. p. 107-118.

  • Premkumar K, Kendall H. Next Steps and Future Direction. In: Bhyat R, editor. Health Professionals’ Education in the Age of Clinical Information Systems, Mobile Computing and Social Networks. 1. 2017.

  • Premkumar K. Mobile Learning in Medicine. Andrew Kitchenham Ed. Models for Interdisciplinary Mobile Learning: Delivering Information to students. I date: January, 2011. In: Mobile Learning in Medicine. IGI Global. Publication; 2011.

  • Jennett P, Igras E, Harrison A, Premkumar K. Health Information Technology. It’s Role in Health Care Management - A Regional Case Study. In: Special Series Issue of the International Association of Management Journal. 1996.

Journal Articles (Peer-reviewed)

  • 2017    Premkumar K, Saxena A. Social accountability in medical schools versus corporate social responsibilityin businesses. MedEd Publish. 2017 Jun. http://www.mededpublish.org/manuscripts/1039.
  • 2017    Premkumar K, Moshynskyy A, Sakai D, Fong S. Faculty's Perception of Faculty Development. Journal ofFaculty Development. 2017. (in press)
  • 2017    Bomfim E, Premkumar K. Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Breast Cancer Survivorship careIdentifying Opportunities and Overcoming Obstacles. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary &Alternative Medicine. 2017. (in press)
  • 2016    Premkumar K, Coupal C. Use of Student Response Systems for Summative Assessments. Creative Education. 2016;7(13). Epub 2016 Aug 7.
  • 2015    Premkumar K. Residents: admissions, training and assessment. Canadian Medical Education Journal.2015 Nov;6(2):1-3.
  • 2015    Olszynski P, D'Eon M, Renihan P, Premkumar K. Ultrasound during Critical Care Simulation: A Randomized, Crossover Study. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2015 Aug 26. Epub 2015 Aug 26.
  • 2015    Polreis S, D'Eon M, Trinder K, Premkumar K, Bonnycastle D. Does Targeted Training improve Resident’s Teaching Skills? Journal of Faculty Development. 2015 Jan;29(1):51-58.
  • 2014    Morrison D, Premkumar K. Twelve tips for Self-directed learning. International Journal of Self-directed Learning. 11(1). 2014 (accepted July 23) 

  • 2014    Premkumar K, Pahwa P, Baptiste K, Banerjee A, Bhatt H, Lim HJ. Changes in Self-Directed Learning Readiness During Undergraduate Dentistry Training: A Longitudinal Mixed-Methods Study. Journal of Dental Education. 78(6):934-943.

  • 2014    Nayak D, Premkumar K, Supe A. Admission to Undergraduate Medical Schools in India: Current Scenario and The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). British Medical Journal. 2014 http://student.bmj.com/student/view-article.html?id=sbmj.g2045 

  • 2014    Cowie N, Bowen A, Kuling S, Premkumar K, Burbridge M & Martel J. Health Quality Improvement using Instructional Communication and Teamwork Videos: An Outcome Study. Creative Education. 5(1): Jan 26, 2014.

  • 2014    Schroeder B, Doig J, Premkumar K. The Effects of Massage Therapy on Multiple Sclerosis Patients’ Quality of Life and Leg Function. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/640916.http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2014/640916/ 

  • 2013  Gowan-Moody D, Leis A, Abonyi S, Epstein M, Premkumar K. Research Utilization and Evidence-based Practice among Saskatchewan Massage Therapists. Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine. 10(1):1-10. 2013.

  • 2013  Premkumar K, Cowie N, Coupal C, Boechler K. Software for Annotating Videos – A Resource to Facilitate Active Learning in the Digital Age. Creative Education. Creative Education Volume 4:7 July 18, 2013 

  • 2013  Premkumar K, D’Eon M, Bonnycastle D.  Medical Teaching Resources for Faculty Developers. MedEdPortal; 2013. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9336.

  • 2013  Premkumar K, Pahwa P, Baptiste K, Banerjee A, Bhatt H, Lim HJ. Does Medical Training Promote or Deter Self-directed Learning?: A Longitudinal Mixed Method Study. Academic Medicine. (in press)

  • 2012  Cowie N, Premkumar K, Bowen A, Kuling S, Kawchuk J, Rooney M,  et al. Teamwork and Communication in Acute Care: A Teaching Resource for Health Practitioners.     MedEdPORTAL; 2012. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9109. 

  • 2011  Premkumar K, Coupal C, Trinder K, Majd Shiva Shayani.  Engaging Students with Clickers in a Distributed Environment – Lessons Learned. Medical Science Educator. 2011; 21(4):336-347.

  • 2010 Premkumar K, Ross AG, Lowe J, Troy C, Bolster C, Reeder B. Technology-enhanced Learning of Community Health in Undergraduate Medical Education. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2010; 101(2): 165-170.

  • 2010 Woosley J, Premkumar K, Staples E. Medical Solitaire: a Flash-based game facilitating study and review of lecture content. “Cysts and Tumors of the Liver”. MedEdPORTAL; 2010. Available from:

  • 2010 Premkumar K, Wong A, Mentoring Principles, Processes, and Strategies for Facilitating Mentoring Relationships at a Distance . MedEdPORTAL; 2010. Available from: http://services.aamc.org/mededportal/servlet/s/segment/mededportal/?subid=3148

  • 2010 Premkumar K, Lee P. Gravitational Effects on the Cardiovascular System. MedEdPORTAL; 2009. Available from: 

  • 2008 Premkumar K, Coupal C. Rules of Engagement – 12 Tips for Successful Use of “Clickers” in the Classroom. Medical Teacher 2008; 30(2): 146-149.

  • 2007 Premkumar K. Crossword as a Learning Tool in Anatomy & Physiology Teaching. Medical Teacher

  • 2007; 29(5): 513.2005 Premkumar K, Bonnycastle D. Faculty Development Workshop: Games as Active Learning Strategies. Medical Education.

  • 2006; 40(11):1129.2005 Premkumar K. Using active learning strategies in your classroom. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (Supplement) December 2005 – 5 pages

  • 2004 Medical Terminology Online – Lessons Learned. Best Practices in E-Learning. November 2004. 
    http://elearn.ucalgary.ca/showcase/current_newsletter.htm - 4 pages

  • 2002 Premkumar K. Facts about Tuberculosis. (Centerfold – i.e. a poster for patient/student education). The Meducator 2002; 2(3) – 4 pages

  • 2002 Premkumar K. Facts about Iron Imbalance. (Centerfold – i.e. a poster for patient/student education). The Meducator 2002; 2(2): 34-372002 Premkumar K. Learning Medicine Then and Now (Editorial). The Meducator 2002; 2(2): 3

  • 2002 Premkumar K. Bednets Save Lives (Centerfold – i.e. a poster for patient/student education). The Meducator 2002; 2(1): 21-24

  • 2002 Premkumar K. Respiromania (Crossword). The Meducator 2002; 2(1): 462002 Premkumar K. Facts about Cholera (Centerfold – i.e. a poster for patient/student education). The Meducator 2002; 2(1): 24

  • 2001 Premkumar K. Gastromania (Centerfold – i.e. a poster for patient/student education). The Meducator 2001; 1(3): 42

  • 2001 Premkumar K. The Beginning… (Editorial). The Meducator 2001; 1(3): 5

  • 2000 Premkumar K, Davison J, Jennett P, Hunter WJ. Development and Validation of an Evaluation Tool for Multimedia Resources in Health Education. Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2000; 425-432

  • 1999 Jennett PA, Igras E, Harrison AC, Premkumar K. Health Information Technology, its Role in Healthcare Management: a Regional Case Study. International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management 1999; 1(Nos1/2): 131-139.

  • 1998 Premkumar K, Davison J, Jennett P, Hunter WJ. Development and Validation of an Evaluation Tool for Multimedia Resources in Health Education. International Journal of Medical Informatics 1998; 50:243-250

  • 1996 Jennett PA, Premkumar K. Technology-based Dissemination. Canadian Journal of Public Health 1996; 87(2): S34-S39.
    [My role was to do the background research and write the article]

  • 1996 Premkumar K, Baumber J. A Learning Resources Center: it’s Utilization by Medical Students. Medical Education 1996;30(6): 405-411

  • 1996 Jennett P, Watanabe M, Igras E, Premkumar K, Hall W. Telemedicine and Security - Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability. Three Issues to be Addressed - A Canadian Perspective. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 1996, 29:286-298.
    [My role was to do the background research and write the article]

  • 1995 Harasym PH, Mah AF, Mandin H, Premkumar K. The Student Admission to Medicine Program (SAM): First steps towards the paperless processing of medical school admissions. College and University 1995; spring: 4-12.
    [My role was to do the background research and write the article]

  • 1994 Premkumar K, Walter S. Effects of Short-term Isotonic & Isometric Training on Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Function. Indian Journal of Medical Research 1994;99: 129-132

  • 1993 Premkumar K, Walter S. Exercise-induced Bronchial Lability in Normal Men and Women - a Comparison. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 1993;37(4):308-312