Class of 1998 graduates
It was a silver anniversary graduation, as 57 young men and women followed a 25-year tradition of receiving the doctor of medicine degree from Memorial University. The event was celebrated with a dinner and dance following convocation, preceded the night before on May 28 by Shingles Night.
In his address to the graduating class, Dean Ian Bowmer spoke about the challenges of entering practice in the new millennium. Referring to the "millennium bug," the computer hitch that is expected to will cause major disruptions in the economy, he reflected that the power of technology has taken over the worry about our future.
"Technology governs our lives every day," said Dr. Bowmer. "It's my feeling we will overcome what the millennium bug represents by returning to the human side of our profession and the human side of the world as it works."
Dr. Bowmer reminded graduates that there is a very strong tradition of caring for others within the medical school.
"It was 22 years ago this summer that one of our first-year medical students was left quadriplegic by a dive into the Rhine. The Class of 1980 was aware of his needs and held a fundraiser to provide him with a wheelchair access van. With the help of his class and faculty he went on to finish his degree and specialize in radiology and nuclear medicine. That courage, that sense of co-operation is your heritage and it has continued in the tradition known as Monte Carlo Night."
Several awards were presented at Shingles Night. Paul Dancey received the Dr. Ian Rusted Award in acknowledgement of his contribution to class activities. He also shared the Chip Nardini Award with John O'Sullivan. This award is given for qualities of leadership, friendliness and good humor.
Dr. Nigel Duguid was again honored for his outstanding qualities of teaching with the Dr. D.W. Ingram Award. Dr. John Fardy was chosen as the recipient of the Silver Orator Award. And a new honor, the Community Physician Teaching Award, was presented for the first time this year, to Dr. David Sutherland of Grand Falls.
Qualities of teaching and mentorship were also recognized with an award for the Outstanding Intern/Resident which went to Dr. Trevor Stride. Mary Dray, Student Affairs, was given the Honorary Order of the Killick for her outstanding contribution to the graduating class.
The following awards, bursaries and scholarships were given to members of the graduating class:
The University Medal for Academic Excellence went to Barbara Barrowman, who also received the Charles E. Frosst Medical Scholarship of $1,000 and the Dr. Frank O'Dea Scholarship in Obstetrics/Gynecology, also valued at $1,000.
The Marie T. Kennedy Bursary in the amount of $5,000 went to Norman Lee.
Coleen Walsh won the Dr. John M. Carte Memorial Fund of $650 and the Prize in Psychiatry for $250.
Barbara Blackie won the Medical Practice Associates Scholarship of $600.
The Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. Achievement Award of $500 went to Grace Wu.
The Prize in Internal Medicine of $500 was awarded to Tony Boudreau.
The Prize in Surgery was shared by Heather Roche and John O'Sullivan, who also received an award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.
The Prize in Pediatrics was won by Rebecca Sherlock.
The Mary Honeygold Scholarship/Bursary of $500 went to Shelley Lush.
Karl Smyth won the Central Newfoundland Hospital Medical Staff and Dr. J.F. Browne Bursary of $500.
The Dr. Robert B. Salter Award of $150 went to Debbie Jenkins.
Howard Evans won the Canadian Foundation for Crohn's & Colitis Student Book Award, valued at $125.
The Faculty Award in the amount of $250 went to Ann Spracklin.