Ivan Silver (1995)

PSILVERAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Toronto.

Citation: Ivan Silver represents a model for committed and excellent teachers in the Faculty of Medicine. In addition to being directly involved in the design and planning of curricula at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels, he planned workshops on how to improve teaching skills, co-developed the geriatric undergraduate curriculum, led a working group to produce a first year inter-departmental course on the doctor-patient relationship, and initiated a journal club for the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry. He has an impressive record of awards and formal recognition from his own Department of Psychiatry, the University’s Faculty of Medicine, and the Province’s interns and residents. The Aikins Award for excellence in innovation in teaching recognized his work in developing a “game format” for teaching Psychiatry to undergraduate medical students.

Ivan Silver has a consistent record of helping colleagues refine their teaching. He helped develop a series of workshops on teaching skills for residents and worked on a manual for colleagues on teaching dossiers. He is currently involved in the design of a workshop for teachers of small groups. The goal is to ensure a high degree of transfer of training from the workshop to the actual teaching setting. As an individual supervisor, Ivan Silver is highly sought-after by both medical students and psychiatry residents; he is warm, caring, dedicated, humorous and intelligent, all characteristics that are essential for a “mentor.” He consistently receives outstanding evaluations from residents for his educational contributions to their training. Specifically, he is noted for his interest and enthusiasm for teaching, his extensive knowledge base and capacity to transmit that in a friendly and congenial manner.