Colin Whaley, MSc

Medical Student, McMaster University

Hi, I'm Colin!

I'm a medical student at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at  McMaster University, in the class of 2023. I graduated with an MSc in Pharmacy from the University of Waterloo, where I worked under the supervision of Dr. Kelly Grindrod, researching how to help physicians, pharmacists and patients communicate more clearly and effectively to each other. (You're welcome to read my thesis, but to spoil it a bit, getting people to communicate is quite difficult.) I've also given a TEDx talk on the value of helping older adults use technology.

I have a number of academic interests, including clinical practice research, programming to support vulnerable populations and mixed methods research. I've collected some useful websites to support this work, which I've linked here. I'm also passionate about teaching and public speaking; some of my talks can be viewed here. In my spare time, I attempt to take photos.

Mentorship has contributed greatly to my career thus far, and I am fortunate to have learned from many wonderful researchers and clinicians. If you have questions about graduate school, becoming a doctor or medical school in Canada, I would be happy to volunteer some time, explain what the process is like, and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to drop me a line, and we can set up a time to chat. I have also assembled some resources detailing how I prepared for medical school interviews, which can be found here.

More broadly, if we share any interests, please consider following me on Twitter and don't hesitate to get in touch.

Recent Publications

Designing a Serious Game (Above Water) for Stigma Reduction Surrounding Mental Health: Semistructured Interview Study With Expert Participants

Rina R Wehbe, Colin Whaley, Yasaman Eskandari, Ally Suarez, Lennart E Nacke, Jessica Hammer, Edward Lank

JMIR Serious Games, vol. 10, 2022 May 19, pp. e21376

Prescribers’ perspectives on including reason for use information on prescriptions and medication labels: a qualitative thematic analysis

C. Whaley, Ashley Bancsi, J. Ho, Catherine M. Burns, K. Grindrod

BMC Health Services Research, 2021

Implementing technology literacy programs in retirement homes and residential care facilities: A conceptual framework (Preprint)

Karen See-Wai Li, Nathan Nagallo, Erica McDonald, C. Whaley, K. Grindrod, K. Boluk


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Colin Whaley, MSc

Medical Student