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The people behind OPAL


Aug 21, 2009. This is the day we have worked towards for 4 years-quite literally. We completed training on OPAL for the class of 2013. It is also the 4 year anniversary for Aarti Paul with the faculty. Aarti is our system analyst and the person who led the process for us to have a curriculum management system. It began with a market survey,  then pilot project, creation of an RFP, disappointment Calgary could not meet their commitments, elation when we completed the transfer of intellectual property from them to us, and even greater elation when the hard work with our partner, Online Business Systems resulted in a great product, and our final “go live”.

Aarti has over 10 years of experience is Systems and Project Management. She was the Gold Medalist in her class for MSc Electronics Science, and holds many qualifications in project management and Software Engineering. In addition to being the lead for OPAL, she also provides leadership for all our other IT issues in the faculty. Her unfailing courtesy and professionalism has been invaluable for such a long project with all the issues inherent in change management.


Medical education content has been essential for the OPAL project. Partnered with Aarti was Dr Sat Sharma MD, FRCPC, FCCP, FACP, FAASM, medical director for OPAL. He  is also Professor and Head, Section of Respirology Department of Internal Medicine at University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He also has full time appointments in the section of Critical Care and at Sleep Disorders Centre. He was program director of post graduate education in Respirology at University of Manitoba for 12 years and is currently Site Director of Respiratory Medicine at St. Boniface General Hospital and Health Sciences Centre. His other national and international appointments include Chair of Specialty Committee in Respirology, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Governor of Manitoba chapter, American College of Chest Physicians, and member of Health and Science Policy Committee, ACCP. He is also member of Canadian Thoracic Society Board. His research interest are studying epidemiology of respiratory diseases, perioperative respiratory care, exercise induced hypoxemia and therapeutic clinical research. His passion is medical informatics. His outside interests are competitive running and bicycling, adventure travel and community work.  The commitment to this project from Sat has been incredible, and essential for our success.



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  1. Aarti Paul
    August 25th, 2009 at 16:22 | #1

    Dear Dean,

    Thank you for including behind the scenes people into your blog.
    We have achieved one more goal for the faculty under your leadership and I greatly appreciate all your encouragement and support through this project and process.


  2. September 10th, 2009 at 07:35 | #2

    Great site…keep up the good work.

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