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 methods. 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.

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


Evaluation of an Intergenerational and Technological Intervention for Loneliness: Protocol for a Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial.


Peter Hoang, Peter Hoang, Colin Whaley, Colin Whaley, Karen Thompson, Venus Ho, Uzma Rehman, Karla Boluk, Kelly A Grindrod


JMIR Research Protocols, vol. 10(2), 2021 Jan 16


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


Colin Whaley, Colin Whaley, Ashley Bancsi, Joanne Man-Wai Ho, Catherine M. Burns, Kelly Grindrod


BMC Health Services Research, vol. 21(1), 2021 25, pp. 1-10


Improving the uptake of expanded scope services among pharmacy professionals: a mixed method study using the Theoretical Domains Framework


Rand Hussein, Colin Whaley, Esther CJ Lin, Kelly Grindrod


2020 ACCP VIRTUAL Annual Meeting (October 19-30), American College of Clinical Pharmacy, 2020


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Colin Whaley, MSc


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