Amanda Bell, an assistant clinical professor of family medicine for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine's Niagara Regional Campus, is the 2015 recipient of the John C. Sibley Award for excellence in education by part-time faculty.
Bell graduated from McMaster's medical program in 1998 and has been praised for her leadership as a family physician in Port Colborne, and she is being honoured now for her clinical teaching.
A faculty member for the past 15 years while practicing family medicine, Bell has focused on adolescent medicine and women's health.
She was one of the first clinical supervisors at the Niagara family medicine residency site. As well, she played a pivotal role in developing and improving the tutor training program, and in introducing a peer observation program. Her models of faculty development have been adopted at the medical school's other campuses in Hamilton and Waterloo.
Among other achievements, Bell led the development of an educational program that has medical students provide workshops and information sessions on health careers to students of Niagara elementary and high schools.
She also developed a community-based women's health elective for medical students and residents.
The John C. Sibley Award is named for a former associate dean at McMaster who was known for his interdisciplinary approach to community health locally and internationally. The award is presented annually to a part-time faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the education of health professionals.