Dr. Schreiber graduated for the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine in 1987. He completed postgraduate training in internal medicine and nephrology at the University of Toronto, in 1994. In 1992/1993, he studied Medical Education at the University of Dundee, in Dundee, Scotland, and then completed his Master’s thesis in Medical Education in 1996. Dr. Schreiber joined the Faculty of Medicine as a Lecturer in the Department of Medicine in 1994, appointed at the Division of General Internal Medicine and Mount Sinai Hospital. He was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor of Medicine in 1996, and to Associate Professor in 2001. Since 2000, he has been based at St. Michael’s Hospital, in the Division of Nephrology.
Dr. Schreiber has taught at many levels and in many contexts since his appointment to the University of Toronto. He has expertise in the area of acid-base and fluid-electrolyte physiology and pathophysiology. He has for many years given seminars and lectures on this topic to first year medical students and third year clinical clerks in the Faculty of Medicine and to students prior to graduation. He has also lectured for many years about this topic to third year students in the Faculty of Pharmacy and to second year physiology students in the Faculty of Arts & Science. He has given many lectures to second year medical students in the Foundations of Medical Practice course. He has taught both medical students and post-graduate trainees extensively in the hospital setting in both seminar formats and also in the context of supervising the care of patients. Dr. Schreiber has also been extensively involved in the education of colleagues, particularly in the area of faculty development.
He has received a remarkable number of awards in recognition of the amount and quality of this teaching, including his eight hospital Department of Medicine teaching awards and five medical academy teaching awards. In 2008, after only four years on faculty, he was awarded the W. T. Aikins Award, the Faculty of Medicine’s most prestigious teaching award, for excellence in teaching. Most notably, seven consecutive years from 2001-2007, he was voted the recipient of the Dean A. L. Chute Silver Shovel Award by the graduating medical student class, which is given to the teacher who is deemed by the fourth-year class to have demonstrated excellence in overall teaching in the second, third and fourth years of the undergraduate medical program.
In addition to his teaching activities, Dr. Schreiber has had a major role in the academic administration of the undergraduate medical education program. He was the director of the clinical clerkship program in internal medicine, first at Mount Sinai Hospital from 1996 – 2000, and then for the whole Faculty from 2002-2005. He was responsible for several innovations in these roles, and he received several awards voted on by the medical students in recognition of this work.
Since 2000, he has been the Director of the Preclerkship in the Faculty of Medicine and has been in this role for the past three years. (“Preclerkship” refers to the first two of the four years of education that comprised the MD degree.) Several significant initiatives are underway, including a major contribution to the planned expansion of the medical school to the University of Toronto at Mississauga, a curriculum mapping exercise, and revisions to the structure of several of the preclerkship courses.
Dr. Schreiber has conducted research in education into how clinical clerks self-evaluate their abilities as junior house officers; in the determinants of rates of return of course evaluation; and in students’ core knowledge base in medicine.
Dr. Schreiber stands as one of the most decorated teachers in the Faculty of Medicine, and deservedly so. He has established himself as an outstanding teacher and educational innovator in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is one of those rare individuals who combines all the attributes of an outstanding teacher, educator, clinician and scholar.