News at Medicine - December 2019 - Award worthy

Award worthy
December 20, 2019
Two Faculty of Medicine employees received special awards recently.
Dr. Gary Kachanoski recognized outstanding educators, researchers, staff members and community partners during the 2019 President’s Awards ceremony at Signal Hill Campus on Dec. 12.
Dr. Daryl Pullman has been named University Research Professor in acknowledgment of his highly influential body of transformative scholarship, the formation of a rigorous bioethics program at Memorial, and his role in establishing a Provincial Health Ethics Network that provides clinical ethics support across the province.
Dr. Pullman, professor of bioethics, is considered one of Canada’s top experts in research ethics. He played a significant role in the development of legislation to establish the Health Research Ethics Authority that provides oversight for all health research conducted in this province. He also led the policy development arm of an interdisciplinary research team from Memorial that received the prestigious Governor General’s Innovation Award for the discovery and treatment of a lethal cardiac condition prevalent in Newfoundland and Labrador, but affecting individuals globally.
As principal investigator or co-investigator, Dr. Pullman has secured nearly $20 million in research funding; he has published over 90 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has produced numerous commissioned reports for provincial and federal agencies. He has presented over 200 academic and public lectures. In 2019 he received the life-time achievement award from the Canadian Bioethics Society. Dr. Pullman holds a Bachelor of Religious Education from Briercrest College; B.Ed. from the University of Western Ontario; Master of Divinity from Biola University; and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Waterloo.
For her service and commitment to the Division of Community Health and Humanities and to medical students over the years, Ms. Janet Bartlett received the President’s Award for Exemplary Service.
From 1987 to 2019, Ms. Bartlett worked in the Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine. During her career, Ms. Bartlett held many roles; however, from 2004 up to her retirement in September 2019, she focused on being the program coordinator of community health for the undergraduate medical education program.
Ms. Bartlett’s responsibilities encompassed all aspects of developing and implementing courses and she worked in collaboration with program coordinators, course chairs and administrative staff. Her in-depth knowledge and understanding of the undergraduate curriculum, as well as the social dimensions of health, illness, medicine and community enabled her to be a key contributor to the development of the program.
Ms. Bartlett made sure Memorial always had preceptors ready to supervise and mentor medical students in rural practice. In doing this, she worked tirelessly to ensure successful, meaningful placements for students and preceptors, as well as all other health professionals and community organizations involved. Her genuine interest in students, their quality of life and academic success was evident to everyone she interacted with. Ms. Bartlett spent countless hours listening to students and providing them with avenues for further support and solutions to problems.
A life-long learner, Ms. Bartlett completed a BA in psychology in 2009, an honours degree in 2012, a M.Sc. (Medicine) in 2015, and received a fellow of Graduate Studies. Her research on medical student distress was published and many of the recommendations for student well-being have been implemented. In 2018, she was invited to co-chair the Wellness Project Team under the Destination Excellence Implementation Steering Committee.
“This is a great university and a wonderful place to work primarily because of the talented people who work across all of our campuses and locations,” said President Kachanoski. “I want you to know that your passion, dedication and all that you do for our university is greatly appreciated.
“Excellence, leadership and dedication are transformative for an organization. That’s why it’s so important that we take the time to celebrate your contributions and achievements . . . and most importantly to say thank you. Thank you for everything you do, each and every day.”