Bertha Garcia (2004)

garciaAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Western Ontario, Pathology.

Citation: “Her passion begins with her love for the students and her determination that they have the best education possible-and have fun at the same time!…”

Student welfare is at the heart of Bertha Garcia’s teaching, and she works diligently to create a nurturing environment for the many students she teaches and counsels. Students across faculties consistently evaluate Bertha’s teaching at the highest level and have recognized this gifted, compassionate, and respectful educator by nominating her for nine of the numerous teaching awards she has received.

Bertha’s influence on student learning does not stop in the classroom; she also shares her insights on problem-based learning nationally and internationally. In her role as the Faculty’s Admissions Chair, she worked to develop a more equitable admissions process. She was her students’ unofficial and then official advisor for fifteen years, and she was one of the key innovators in the Faculty of Medicine’s recent curriculum renewal. Her peers comment that these positive changes would not have been possible without her savvy, wisdom, energy, and dedication. As one student writes, “Dr. Garcia’s excellence in teaching and administration is one of the reasons I pursued pathology as a career.”