Herbert Ho Ping Kong (1999)

kongAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Toronto, Medicine.

Citation: When Herbert arrived at the University of Toronto in 1984, he had already reestablished General Internal Medicine as a preferred postgraduate Training Program at McGill and had attracted national attention for his work. At the University of Toronto, he took on key leadership positions in the Department of Medicine and at the University Health Networks (Toronto Western, Toronto General and Princess Margaret Hospitals). From these vantage points, he led the development of new curricula, and new structures for student involvement in curriculum design. He was instrumental in leading the city-wide integration of the postgraduate education program in medicine, and recruited a talented group of young teachers in the process. The clinical teaching units, the residency training committee, and teaching courses for postgraduate student-teachers, have all flourished under his leadership.

Herbert led in the creation of a novel daily Morning Report as a teaching tool, where he promotes discussions using a problem-based approach and encourages participants to look beyond the immediate concerns to examine the factors that influence health, illness and outcomes. His group pioneered the development of an “Evidence Based Core Curriculum” in internal medicine, a set of core articles from the medical literature that resident physicians use to guide their decisions on common medical conditions. He initiated a formal evaluation process for Medical Grand Rounds with specifically designed questionnaires that will further improve on what have become a highly regarded lecture series amongst the residents and he has completed the difficult task of developing and testing a rating scale for assessing the equality of education on Medical Teaching Units.

Herbert has been personally evaluated by hundreds of undergraduate and postgraduate students over the course of 20 years and is consistently rated at the very top. Through their comments and evaluations, it is clear that they each hold him in the highest regard, not only for the information presented, but for his role model as a caring teacher and clinician. Teaching awards from the Hospital, the Faculty, the University and the provincial level have recognized his excellence as a teacher. He has won all major teaching awards in his environment.