McMaster University

McMaster University

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Health Sciences

JoAnn Corey recognized for teaching excellence

Published: June 19, 2014
JoAnn Corey
JoAnn Corey, director of the Residency Program in McMaster's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences

JoAnn Corey, director of the Psychiatry Residency Program in McMaster's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, is the 2014 recipient of the John C. Sibley Award for Excellence in Education for Part-Time Faculty.

The prestigious award, in recognition of her contributions to the educational mission of the Department and the Faculty of Health Sciences, joins an impressive list of awards and accolades she has received over the course of her career at McMaster, including a Jock Cleghorn Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award and a Clinical Skills Teaching Excellence Award from the McMaster University Medical School.

"I hope the pride of winning this award will be shared by all members of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, in both our Hamilton and Waterloo Campuses.  It has only been with the dedication and participation of our faculty, administrative staff and our outstanding residents that our educational endeavours have been successful," says Corey.   

"JoAnn is highly deserving of the award," says Alan Neville, associate dean of education in the Faculty of Health Sciences. "Colleagues describe Corey's work as the Residency Program Director in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, as well as the many other roles that she has undertaken both in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education as visionary, having introduced innovative curricula and interprofessional education," he says, adding: "She is also a strong mentor and advocate for a cohort of interprofessional faculty and is well known for the innovations in teaching, evaluation and mentoring of both residents and faculty in the area of professionalism."

Nick Kates, Chair of the Department of Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences echoes Neville's remarks. "JoAnn is a committed, sensitive, and skilled teacher and program director who has overseen major improvements in the Psychiatry Residency Program, including leading the establishment of a very successful distributed campus program in Kitchener-Waterloo/Guelph."

He noted that one of Corey's greatest strengths is how much she cares about the well-being and success of all of the program's residents and the support she provides them, "whether through her semi-annual 'Dockside Chats' with each resident, her availability and accessibility if they have a problem, or her tireless advocacy for the program."

The John C. Sibley Award for Excellence in Education for Part-Time Faculty is presented annually to a part-time faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the education of health professionals. It is named for a former associate dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences who was known for his interdisciplinary approach to community health.

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