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Announcement — Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Health Sciences

Alan J. Neville

Alan J. Neville, B Med Biol (Pathol), MBChB, M Ed, MRCP(UK), FRCP(Lond), FRCPC

June 25, 2010

From: John G. Kelton, MD, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Alan Neville as Associate Dean (Education) of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University effective July 1, 2010.

Dr. Neville is currently the Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education Program, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University. He is a Professor in the departments of Oncology and Medicine and a Medical Oncologist at the Juravinski Cancer Centre, where he specializes in lung cancer and genitourinary cancers.

He received his B.Med.Biology (Honours) (Pathology) and MBChB from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He undertook medical residency training in Aberdeen and at McMaster and his training in medical oncology at the University of Wisconsin. Since joining McMaster University in 1984, he has held a number of undergraduate and postgraduate educational roles including, for the past thirteen years, that of the Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate MD Program. He was closely affiliated with Educating Future Physicians for Ontario (EFPO) as an EFPO Fellow and McMaster Site Coordinator.

His research interests lie in medical education. He obtained his M.Ed from the University of Toronto (OISE) in 1998. He was awarded fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians of London in 2002 and the CPSO Council Award in 2004. He has chaired a number of educational working groups of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada including the National Clinical Skills Working Group and the National Management Group for Educating Future Physicians in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (EFPPEC). He has been actively involved in the development of national collaborative undergraduate medical school curricula in aboriginal health, gender health, complementary and alternative medicine and palliative and end-of-life care. He is also actively involved in faculty development in the areas of problem-based learning (PBL) tutoring and Inter-Professional Education.

From 2003-2005 Dr. Neville, in collaboration with other educators, developed the COMPASS curriculum for the Undergraduate MD Program, which was introduced in August 2005. The new curriculum maintains the principles of PBL established in the medical school but incorporates developments in our understanding of the cognition of learning and expertise.

The role of Associate Dean (Education) was previously combined with that of the Associate Vice President (Academic). Over the past five years, the Faculty has seen its educational programs double in size, resulting in increased administrative responsibility and volume of work associated with each role. In February 2010, at the request of the Faculty, the Senate approved splitting the two roles.

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