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 in 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. Her Aikins awards have been in the categories of Individual Teaching Performance, Large Group (2011, 2017) and for Course/Program Development and Coordination (2015). She was chosen by the graduating MD class of 2017 to receive the E Mary Hollington Teaching Award for “excellence in preclinical or basic science teaching", and by the graduating MD class of 2019 to receive the Class of 8T9 Medical Alumni Award for “acting as a role model and for displaying outstanding compassion, understanding and guidance to undergraduate medical students.” For her teaching of ANA300Y she received the Faculty of Medicine’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Life Sciences (2013).
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 39 custom-built, interactive online modules and coordinated them with over 100 hours of practical laboratory sessions.