Scott North (2011)

Scott-North-3MAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Alberta, Oncology.

Citation: Scott North has made radical and sometimes controversial changes in the teaching of Oncology at the University of Alberta. Most notable is the Standardized Patients model, in which actors play patient roles, helping medical students communicate with real people about one of our most terrifying diseases. The model has been widely emulated: “He has transformed our approach to educational programs in health.” It is well worth remarking how few references to “I” you will find in Scott’s teaching philosophy. His focus aims always at the dozens of “patients” and “learners” he attends and teaches. Scott North’s teaching spans gaps, “aiding people to cross their bridges” to knowledge, skills, and experience. This “always awesome” professor is described as “unrivalled” by a Canadian Forces medical officer, and Scott’s students agree: “Excellent!” “His courses are impeccably designed.” “We should have had this professor a long time ago.”