Francis Chan (2000)

chanAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Western Ontario, Anatomy of Cell Biology.

Citation: Francis is known to countless medical students as an inspiring teacher and a caring and compassionate mentor. He has a unique ability to stimulate and challenge his students in a manner that is both entertaining and instructive. He does a tremendous amount of background preparation for the courses he teaches, and uses all possible avenues, including art and poetry, to draw connections between different ideas. As a result, his student ratings have been consistently in the “excellent” range since 1980. The high standards that he sets in the classroom and his overall contributions to educate have been recognized by the medical students who have awarded him the Hippocratic Council Basic Science Teaching Award on six occasions. In 1999, his outstanding contributions to medical education were recognized by the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry who presented him with the Dean’s Award of Excellence in Teaching. In 1996, he was awarded the University of Western Ontario’s highest award in teaching, the Edward G. Pleva Award.

Francis’ interests in teaching and education extend into a whole range of activities for which he is recognized at the local, provincial and national levels. He is one of the founding and continuing members of the annual 2-day faculty development workshop on “Learning How to Teach”. He is both a peer consultant and a frequent speaker at workshops sponsored by the Educational Development Office. He is interested in the training of teaching assistants from other cultures and speaks annually on this topic at the “Orientation Day for International Teaching Assistants”. Francis has also played a unique role in education as the University’s first Program Officer, International/Exchange Student Affairs where he dedicated his time to improving the quality of students’ experiences by making the campus more welcoming to international students and assisting Canadian students in participating actively in educational opportunities around the world.

His extensive work on various committees, many in leadership roles, has been instrumental in the introduction of the new medical curriculum at Western. His contribution and hard work at the “grass roots” level facilitated the transition tot he new “patient-centered” model. He also plays an active role in devising the new curriculum through hi membership on four different subject development groups.