On January 20, 2016, 11 Faculty of Medicine educators were presented with a 2015 Transition to Clinical Practice (TCP) Award for Excellence in Teaching during an event held in Holmes Hall.
Dr. David Eidelman, Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean, Faculty of Medicine opened the proceedings and presented each laureate with their award, joined by Dr. Beth-Ann Cummings, the newly appointed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, Sophie Vincent, President of the medical student Class of 2017 and Dr. Laurie Plotnick, TCP Component Director, who read a sampling of the student comments for each laureate before asking them to accept their award.
TCP is a unique six-month component of the medical curriculum where students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge, to practice their skills, and to learn key aspects of various disciplines without being responsible for patient care.
Dr. Plotnick highlighted that those faculty members who participate in TCP display, “A true dedication and commitment to medical education since the teaching is neither seen as university-based as in FMD nor clinical supervision as in Clerkship. Yet the students have expressed enormous appreciation for faculty who generously share their time and wisdom.”
Speaking on behalf of her fellow medical students, Vincent highlighted that appreciation. “Medical school is about more than accreditation,” she noted. “TCP is different from clerkship, and that’s a difference at McGill – a good difference – and part of what makes our medical education here special.” She thanked the honourees for, “Inspiring us, letting us into your busy lives and showing us what it’s really like to be a doctor, which is something you can’t truly appreciate by watching videos in an amphitheatre. Continue to be kind to your patients and good to your students.”
For each laureate, a monetary contribution to the TCP Teaching Fund was made by the Faculty of Medicine in order to purchase educational material and tools to support teachers during TCP.
Congratulations to all our laureates!
January 22, 2016