James Tessaro

Clinical Assistant Professor

James Tessaro is a General Internal Medicine specialist at St. Paul’s Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He completed his bachelor of science in biochemistry at the University of Victoria followed by medical school, core Internal Medicine residency, and General Internal Medicine (GIM) fellowship at UBC. He completed a Clinical Educator Fellowship at the Centre for Health Education Scholarship (CHES) and is currently undertaking his Masters of Health Profession Education (MHPE) through Maastricht University, Netherlands.

Dr. Tessaro is an active instructor, facilitator, and committee member with the UBC medical school, Internal Medicine residency and General Internal Medicine fellowship. His involvement in two Clinical Academic Learning Initiatives (CALI) includes enhancing ambulatory teaching for medical students in concert with cultivating teaching skills in GIM fellows and optimizing the operations of Clinical Teaching Unit (CTU) at St. Paul’s Hospital.


Dr. Shelly Naiman Award for Teaching in the UBC Internal Medicine Postgraduate Program (2017/2018)
St. Paul’s Hospital Graeme Copland Clinician Teacher Award (2018)
Fay R. Dirks Award for Excellence in Teaching at UBC (2018)

Dr. Tessaro’s research interests in medical education include simulation, self-regulated learning, contextual competence, and the transition from residency to practice. The transition from residency to practice is the focus of his current master thesis.

The transition from residency to practice is a critical time in a physician’s career. The shift from supervised trainee to attending physician can be a time of added stress and burnout. Reassuringly, most new graduates are well prepared for the clinical tasks required of an independent physician. However, many new graduates are underprepared for non-clinical tasks such as supervision of trainees, leadership, management, medical politics, and the financial aspects of medicine. Dr. Tessaro’s research is focused on understanding how new graduates are currently discovering these gaps in their training and how they are filling them. This could help residency programs enhance training in the transition to practice phase for the benefit of both patients and physicians.

St. Paul’s Hospital
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, V6Z 1Y6