CMH surgeons lauded for their teaching excellence

Monday, January 27, 2014

The McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine’s Waterloo Regional Campus (WRC) hosted its fifth annual Welcome Dinner and Faculty Awards in December 2013, to nearly 100 students, physicians and faculty. The event showcased the breadth of talent and dedication local physicians demonstrate in their role as faculty members and mentors in the Undergraduate MD program. Among those honoured, were CMH’s Drs. Scott Geddes and John Wilkinson who both received ‘Excellence in Teaching’ awards, as selected by medical students.

 “Our students have access to some of the most extensive clinical and educational expertise in the province. Their nominations are merited as both Drs. Geddes and Wilkinson bring a passion for teaching and the high technical skills needed to deliver an exceptional clinical placement,” says Dr. Robert Shenker, VP of Medical Affairs and Chief of Surgery.

In total, one administrative and 11 clinical awards were handed out. The award winners, nominated and chosen by students from the class of 2014 were recognized for:

  • Enthusiasm for teaching
  • Excellence in instruction
  • Demonstrating a gift for motivating and challenging students
  • Being a model for professionalism
  • Embodying the spirit of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

Both surgeons have been teaching and mentoring since the WRC has opened six years ago. Dr. Wilkinson was given the ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award for the category of Clinical: Elective/Selective Rotation, while Dr. Geddes was awarded the same for the category of Clinical: General Surgery.

Edited in part from an article that appeared in MACademia|Physician Newsletter, McMaster University