A McMaster associate professor who has been a role model to hundreds of medical school students and residents has received a national award recognizing excellence in family medicine education.
Allyn Walsh, a faculty member and the Education Co-ordinator in the Department of Family Medicine, is the recipient of the 2006 Ian McWhinney Family Medicine Education Award. The award is given by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) to acknowledge unique and innovative contributions that have made a significant national impact on the development of family medicine education in Canada.
Walsh has been a family physician since completing her residency at McMaster in 1979. She joined the Department of Family Medicine as an assistant clinical professor in 1988. Since then she has contributed to improving education in areas central to family medicine, and in effective approaches to teaching and learning in clinical settings. She recently completed a six-year term as assistant dean of the Program for Faculty Development for the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Walsh has served as the behavioural science co-ordinator for family medicine residents, the education co-ordinator for the Stonechurch Family Health Centre, and the Postgraduate Program Director for the Department of Family Medicine.
On a national level, she has taken a keen interest in the accreditation process for physicians, and has been chair of the CFPC Accreditation Committee since 2002. She also just completed a four-year term as chair of the Committee on Faculty Development for the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.
Walsh has received various teaching awards during her career, including the Gerry Cohen Postgraduate Teaching Award for the Department of Family Medicine in 2003, and the Outstanding Preceptor Award from the undergraduate MD program in 2004.
Ian McWhinney was a renowned family physician known for his definitive contributions to the field of family medicine education. He served as chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario from 1968 to 1987. He retired from the university in 1992.