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McMaster alumnus heads undergraduate medical school

Published: June 11, 2010
Rob Whyte

Dr. Rob Whyte, an assistant clinical professor in the the Department of Anesthesia

Dr. Rob Whyte, MD ’97, has been appointed assistant dean for the undergraduate program of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

"Dr. Whyte brings considerable experience in medical education and problem-based learning to this senior administrative position," said Susan Denburg, associate vice-president, academic and associate dean, education for the Faculty of Health Sciences. "He has a good understanding of the challenges of distributed education, a passion for innovation, and a strong commitment to advancing professionalism and interprofessional care."

Whyte is a member of the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster and an anesthesiologist at Hamilton Health Sciences. He is currently clerkship chair and electives chair in the undergraduate MD program and the director of the Clinical Placement Liaison Office (CPLO) in the medical school.

Whyte entered the medical program at McMaster after his undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. Upon completion of his residency program at McMaster in 2002, he joined the Department of Anesthesia.

The assistant clinical professor has consistently been involved in medical education, beginning with tutoring in the MD program as a resident. He worked with colleagues in developing a novel simulation-based anesthesia clerkship rotation. Following this project, he became the anesthesia undergraduate program director and contributed to the remodeling of the new COMPASS curriculum clerkship, including the development of the simulation-based clerkship orientation.

In 2008, Whyte began the development of the CPLO, supporting McMaster’s increasing commitment to distributed medical education (DME). Extensive work is underway to enhance the coordination of clinical placement activity across McMaster’s expanding clinical placement network. He has represented McMaster provincially on DME issues and nationally on issues related to medical student electives. He began his Masters of Education at the University of Toronto (OISE) in 2007, pursuing an interest in the intersection of culture and medical education.

Whyte takes the five-year post on July 1.

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