Dr. Ballyk is from St. Catharines Ontario. She completed her B.Sc. in Life Sciences, her M.Sc. in Anatomy and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Queen’s University. Dr. Ballyk is the Faculty Lead for Anatomy for the M.D. Program in the Faculty of Medicine; she is responsible for the development and delivery of gross anatomy, neuroanatomy and histology content in the preclerkship M.D. Program. For the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, she is the Course Director of ANA300Y, Human Anatomy and Histology. Dr. Ballyk has won major teaching awards for both of these roles. She has three times won the W.T. Aikins Award, the Faculty of Medicine’s “most prestigious award for sustained commitment to, and excellence in, undergraduate teaching” in the M.D. Program and the E Mary Hollington Teaching Award (2017). These awards have been in the categories of Individual Teaching Performance, Large Group (2011, 2017) and for Course/Program Development and Coordination (2015). For ANA300Y, she received the Faculty of Medicine’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Life Sciences (2013).
ANA300Y Human Anatomy and Histology
Structure of the human body and its relationship to function. Human histology, gross anatomy and neuroanatomy. (Fall-Winter Term)
M.D. Program, Foundations Curriculum
As the Faculty of Medicine Lead for Anatomy, Dr. Ballyk has incorporated human gross anatomy, histology and neuroanatomy into the new Foundations Curriculum by aligning topics in anatomy with the content of the various courses that make up the two-year preclerkship curriculum within the M.D. Program. This approach integrates anatomical knowledge with other basic sciences and with clinical content, thereby creating a more meaningful and relevant educational experience for M.D. students. For the Foundations Curriculum, Dr. Ballyk has developed custom-built, interactive online modules and coordinated them with over 100 hours of practical laboratory sessions.