News at Medicine - May 2022 - National recognition for young leaders


National recognition for young leaders
May 10, 2022
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is celebrating recipients of their 2022 awards and two of the six awardees receiving young leader awards are from Memorial.
 
Dr. Bolu Ogunyemi, assistant dean, social accountability and clinical assistant professor of medicine (dermatology) has received the Young Leaders (Early Career) Award and Dr. Shane Arsenault, third-year neurology resident has received the Young Leaders (Resident) Award.
Dr. Bolu Ogunyemi
Photo: by Ritche Perez
 
Dr. Ogunyemi explained that he has been supported and inspired by faculty, staff and leadership within the Faculty of Medicine as well as leaders in health policy, equity and anti-racism across Canada.
 
“It is really the work of many people that work with me and those that came before me that deserves the honor,” said Dr. Ogunyemi. “My passion for a career in medicine is borne out of a desire to improve the health of individual patients in my practice as well as contributing to improving conditions at the population and community level.”
 
One important area for Dr. Ogunyemi is health equity. It is through his clinical work, community involvement, his writing and classroom engagement and more that he works to narrow the gaps of health inequities, which are unjust and socially constructed.
 

Prior to beginning medical school, Dr. Arsenault completed a Master’s in Public Health at Memorial University. The program fostered an interest in health systems and from that he has focused his education and professional training around clinical research with a desire to make a difference as a health-care professional and leader.
 
Dr. Shane Arsenault
Photo: submitted
Working alongside fellow residents in my own residency training program and through the Professional Association of Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador (PARNL) and Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC),
 
Dr. Arsenault explained that he has always felt that the role of a physician is to provide positive medical interventions in the lives of patients. In order to do that, there is a need to provide residents with positive interventions and support throughout their program.
 
“As residents, we undergo rigorous training that can feel stressful, whether that be physically, mentally, or socially. I can attest to the amazing and tireless advocacy of my colleagues. Throughout this pandemic, resident physicians have continued to focus on pressing issues that affect patients, fellow residents and health-care staff, and the health-care system as a whole.
 
With an interest in resident wellness and well-being, medical education and health systems improvement, he wanted to find ways to make the greatest positive impact on our health systems, while ensuring that the resident voice was heard at both the provincial level. He’s strives to achieve this through involvement in the Faculty of Medicine’s Destination Excellence Implementation Strategic Team (DEIST), Memorial’s postgraduate residency programming, the Professional Associaton of Residents of newfoundland and Labrador (PARNL), and the Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC).