News at Medicine - August 2020 - Double win: Recent alum receives two prestigious awards


Double win: Recent alum receives two prestigious awards
August 8, 2020
Dr. Travis Pickett (MD ’20) is the recipient of the prestigious Memorial University Chancellor’s Award and Fry Family Foundation Undergrad Leadership Award. Dr. Pickett was selected as Memorials most outstanding undergrad student leader.
 
“Winning the Chancellor’s Award along with the Fry Family Foundation Award is truly an honour. However, it is really a reflection of not only the work I have done, but also the teams around me. Nothing would have been possible without them, and I feel lucky to have been surrounded by hard working and motivated individuals on a daily basis,” Dr. Pickett says, who is currently in Ottawa completing residency in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery).
 
“They have motivated me to keep pushing forward, as I hope I have with them. Additionally, nothing would have been possible to accomplish without my support systems around me.”
 
Dr. Pickett is one of the founding members of PolyUnity which creates and distributes 3D printed medical simulations. The technology can be purchased through an online database, providing medical professionals with access to the simulations anywhere in the world. The company got its start in the Faculty of Medicine as MUNMED 3D.
 
PolyUnity was among a few companies that won the Mel Woodword Cup for their innovative business ideas in 2019.
 
Most recently, PolyUnity was part of is helping to alleviate the personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by making its own after they signed on as an innovation partner with Eastern Health through its Living Labs program, which places entrepreneurs in its facilities to work with medical professionals on new products and solutions.
 
In 2018, Dr. Pickett was awarded the Jim Glionna Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Award. A prestigious honour for a then second year doctor of medicine student.
 
Originally from Corner Brook, Mr. Pickett grew up with a passion for science and music. He completed his honours in biochemistry at Memorial University before being accepted to the MD program. While in medical school, he was the founder and curator of the Faculty of Medicine’s inaugural live art gallery, show-casing nearly 50 works of art from medical students, graduate students, faculty and staff over three days.
 
The Chancellor’s Undergraduate Award is given at convocation to the student of the graduating class who has demonstrated the greatest leadership contribution to undergraduate student life and other areas of the community during his or her university years. It is awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards based on a recommendation from the President in consultation with the Dean, Student Affairs and Services.
 
The Fry Family Foundation (FFF) is a private, U.S. based organization, founded and funded by Darryl and Marlene Fry, who were born and educated in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Fry Family Foundation has put a great emphasis on developing leaders and that focus has become a core value of the foundation. It has been particularly demonstrated in Newfoundland and Labrador where the foundation has already granted over 1,000 scholarships. The scholarship is valued at $5,000.