Jonathan White (2014)

White-webAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Alberta, Surgery.

Citation: Jon White teaches surgeons, not surgery. One student reminisced, “Dr. White was the first surgeon who treated me like a colleague, who made me accept in my heart … that he was teaching not so I could do well on a rotation, or on an exam. Dr. White taught me with the goal of making me a surgeon.”

Colleagues call Jonathan White “the reflective surgeon” because he thinks deeply and then acts decisively. This might mean getting 240 students to dress up as surgeons in a lecture theatre, reaching more than a million people worldwide through his Surgery 101 podcasts, or spending time with an individual medical student in the middle of a busy rotation to work through a complex problem.

He believes in transformative leadership, taking aim at himself first, then colleagues, and ultimately the world. As one colleague notes: “[Jon] shows an unrelenting commitment to medical education.” Unrelenting, indeed. He wasn’t satisfied learning a few things about teaching and learning through a few workshops. He completed a master’s degree in medical education, sharing his own transformation generously by training more than 160 new surgeons how to teach, and spreading what he learns through publications and presentations internationally.

3M Speaker
Discipline of Study / Research Field: Surgery

Presentation Topic/s:

  • Surgical Education: “How to Make a Surgeon”
  • “Surgery 101”: The Power of Podcasting
  • The Use of Technology in Education

jswhite1@ualberta.ca