Wayne Weston (1992)

westonAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Western Ontario.

Citation: Wayne Weston has been teaching medicine since he started practicing family medicine in 1965 in the small village of Tavistock, Ontario. The ratings of his teaching are always well above average and student comments include quotes such as, “He continued to stress the fact that patients are real people and deserve much respect”, and “He was reassuring and gave criticism in a constructive manner.” One of Professor Weston’s most significant accomplishments has been the development of a full year Masters level course on Teaching and Learning in Family Medicine. This course has been running since 1977 and has had participants from all over the world.

As Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, Professor Weston was praised for his proactive approach to improving teaching and learning in the Faculty of Medicine. He worked diligently to introduce problem-based learning in the undergraduate medical curriculum and trained a large number of faculty members to serve as tutors within a problem-based curriculum. He has been invited to assist other medical schools working on similar projects and has conducted workshops on teaching and learning for medical educators from across Canada and internationally in the United States, Scotland, New Zealand, and the United Arab Emirates.