Allan Jones (2000)

jonesAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Calgary, Medical Oncology.

Citation: Allan’s teaching is much recognized and praised at the University of Calgary. He is ranked at or near the top for his teaching performance in the clinical setting and in the lecture theatre by a large number of students. He is approachable, thoughtful and thorough in all of his dealings with students and is a clinical role model and mentor for many of them. His strength in the classroom is his ability to help students organize information better, by providing a framework for more efficient retention and retrieval of knowledge. The methods he developed and uses in the course that he chairs have now been adopted by many others in the School.

By working collaboratively with the student body, he helped to develop a student code of professional conduct, a peer tutor “study buddy” program, a career counseling program, and a formative examination system. He is a regular recipient of teaching awards within the Faculty of Medicine, and he consistently receives letters of teaching excellence in the Internal Medicine Residence Programme. The undergraduate class recognized his teaching achievements by awarding him a gold star for excellence on a yearly basis since 1987.

Allan also provides educational leadership for colleagues in the Department of Medicine. He chaired the Blood System Course from 1989 to 1996 making it the top-rated course in the first two years of a three-year curriculum. Besides being Director of the Clerkship Programme, he was the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education from 1992 until 1996 and is currently the Associate Dean. Allan helped establish the first three national conferences on faculty development for the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges. At the national level, he has endeavored to improve the assessment systems used by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and has run training workshops for its examiners. Other educational projects include development of outcome based objectives for the graduating medical students at the University of Calgary, development of Faculty of Medicine guidelines for tenure and promotion based on educational achievements, and an external review of the Zamboanga Medical School in the Philippines.