McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Announcement — Associate Dean, Health Professional Education

Alan Neville

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

November 17, 2015

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

It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. Alan Neville as associate dean, health professional education, of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), effective July 1, 2015.

Dr. Neville has been associate dean, education for the past five years. Before that, he served as assistant dean of the undergraduate medical program for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, since 1997. He is a professor of oncology and medicine, and an active medical oncologist at the Juravinski Cancer Centre.

In his new role, Neville will oversee the Faculty's health professional programs including medicine, midwifery, and physician assistant. He is also responsible for educational infrastructure and the development of interprofessional education.

He received his undergraduate and medical training from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He undertook medical residency training in Aberdeen and McMaster University, and his training in medical oncology at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Neville joined the McMaster faculty in 1984.

His research interests lie in medical education. He has chaired a number of national educational working groups, particularly at the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. 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 has also been involved in faculty development in the areas of problem-based learning (PBL) tutoring and interprofessional education.

From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Neville co-authored the development of the COMPASS curriculum for the undergraduate medical program, which was introduced in August 2005. The revamped curriculum was an evolution of PBL, originally developed at McMaster in the 1960s. The curriculum merges the PBL approach with principles of learning established by research in psychology.

In 2010 Dr. Neville received three awards for his educational leadership: From the AFMC, the President's Award for Exemplary National Leadership in Academic Medicine; from McMaster University, the President's Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership; and from the graduating medical students, the Ari Shali Teaching Award. In 2012, he was part of the Program for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER) team which received the national Alan Blizzard Award from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

In 2011, Dr. Neville became chair of the distributed medical education committee of the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine.

Please join me in wishing Dr. Neville all the best in his new position.

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