Rob Whyte, who has led the undergraduate medical program of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine for the past decade, has been appointed the vice-dean, education for the Faculty of Health Sciences.  

He will begin the new role on Jan. 1, 2021. The appointment is pending final university approvals.

“Dr. Whyte has been continually successful in his career as an educator, and I know he will not just maintain but advance McMaster’s renowned excellence and innovation in health sciences education,” said Paul O’Byrne, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Whyte is an associate professor of anesthesia. After experience in many roles as an educator in the program, he has been assistant and then associate dean of undergraduate medical education program since 2010.  

He graduated from the same program in 1997 and followed with his anesthesia residency and advance training at McMaster. He has been an active anesthesiologist at Hamilton Health Sciences since 2002.

He holds a Master of Education degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, and his educational interests range from pedagogy, admissions and program evaluation to professionalism, and equity, diversity and inclusion. 

Whyte has been receiving awards as an educator since he was a resident, and he has been actively involved with the Ontario Council of Faculties of Medicine and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.

As vice-dean, education, he will be the senior academic administrator assisting the dean and vice-president with guiding the educational mission of the Faculty, and he will work closely with the executive vice-dean, the vice-deans, associate deans, assistant deans and chairs of the departments.

He takes the reins from Dr. Alan Neville who is retiring after a stellar career as an educator with substantial provincial and national impact on health professional education.

“We are fortunate to have so many passionate and accomplished people leading, teaching, administering, as well as learning in our programs,” Whyte said.

“I am looking forward to building on our track record of educational success and innovation, and part of our growth will depend on providing broader access to education and creating more safe and inclusive spaces to enable full participation.”

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