Carol-Ann Courneya (1998)

courneyaAffiliation at the time of the award: University of British Columbia, Cellular and Physiological Sciences.

Citation: Carol-Ann Courneya is an exemplary educator. The words that her past students, current students and colleagues repeatedly use to describe her teaching and educational contributions include: dedicated role model, inspirational, pioneering, caring, infectiously ardent, brilliant facilitator, amazing presence, dynamic, gentle, thorough and enthusiastic. In one student’s words, she “defines what it means to be an excellent professor.” For her outstanding service to teaching in the Faculty of Medicine, she was awarded the 1998 Killam University Teaching Prize; the highest award for teaching given by the University of British Columbia.

Of particular significance over the past three years has been Carol-Ann’s contribution to the development and implementation of a new medical/dental integrated curriculum at the University of British Columbia. In her faculty development role over that period, Carol-Ann has been a star faculty member in workshops designed to introduce medical and dental faculty to problem-based learning and to train them to be PBL tutors. Aside from the direct training of tutor skills, this role has been extended to include workshops on case writing. In 1997, she was selected by the Faculty of Medicine to attend the “Leaders in Medical Education” program at Harvard. In the same year, she was appointed Director of the Systems Blocks for the first and second year Medical Dental Curriculum. Carol-Ann’s work in graduate education includes the development and study of an interdisciplinary graduate course in scientific enquiry skills. This course is unique in that it is focused on the mastery of five skills critical to the success of graduate students in the basic sciences.

Carol-Ann has served on the faculty of the Teaching Improvement Projects System since 1986 and regularly conducts teaching effectiveness workshops both at the University of British Columbia as well as at other universities across Canada.

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I have a over a decade’s worth of experience using Art-making to inspire and promote conceptual learning in medical and dental students. A repository of the cardiac-inspired art from this project (called heartfelt Images) can be found at This inspired me to create and direct a National Art Exhibit for trainees and doctors called White Coat Warm Art. My colleagues and I studied the artist statements accompanying two years of submissions to this exhibit to answer the question “What does art making bring to my studies?”. THis resulted in a 2015 publication in Arts and Health entitled My Turbinado Sugar” (DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2015.1037318 ).