Helen P. Batty

Helen BattyHelen P. Batty is a full Professor and 30 year plus faculty member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Currently she is the Founding Director of the Academic Fellowship and the Graduate Studies programs for the Department, including the Clinical Teacher Certificate and INTAPT (Interprofessional Teaching and Learning) Program. In the past she has been the Associate Chair and Acting Chair of her Department and co-founded with Dr. Yves Talbot, the successful Five Week-End National Fellowship in Family Medicine. Her graduate level courses are titled Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions: Principles and Theories and Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions: Practical Applications and Strategies.

In 2005 she won the National Award for Outstanding Contribution to Faculty Development from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC).

Her clinical practice is at Women’s College Hospital, where she has had the privilege of caring continuously for the same families across four generations from birth to death since 1974. At this divisional level she has been President of the Medical Staff Association and a Hospital Board Member, Associate Department Chief and Acting Chief. Previously she was also active in the field of Women’s Health as Founding Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre in Women’s Health, Founding Director of the Women’s Health Scholars program and scientific co-chair of a major International Academic conference “Teaching to Promote Women’s Health (1996)”. She was a co-recipient in 1997 of the Jacob’s Institute of Women’s Health (Washington) Leadership Award. For the national Association of Canadian Medical Colleges (ACMC) now AFMC, she chaired the Gender and Equity issues Committee for one term 1997-1999, was secretary of the Faculty Development Committee for one term 2000-2003, and was national Chair of the Faculty Development Committee of the Section of Teachers of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, 2002-2005.

Two annual University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Faculty Development awards were named after her in April 2004.

Since her faculty appointment at the University of Toronto in 1975, she has taught post graduate residents, undergraduate and graduate students, community clinicians and faculty in a wide variety of health care professions. Her goal is to facilitate the professional development of happy Health Professional teachers who will enhance student learning and Health Care system effectiveness.