News at Medicine - October 2016 - Award winning MD student following in some big footsteps

Award winning MD student following in some big footsteps
October 5, 2016
Third year medical student Anthony Maher has a lot of accomplishments under his belt. His latest is The Charles Tabachnick award from the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. And his inspiration: Sir Wilfred Grenfell.
Anthony Maher is the latest Canadian Medical Hall of Fame award winner

Anthony cited Sir Grenfell, who is a 1997 laureate, as his laureate of inspiration when applying for the prestigious award. In his essay accompanying his application, he notes that he is “profoundly inspired by Sir Wilfred Grenfell’s contributions to health care in my home province.” Adding that, “Dr. Grenfell stands out for his attentiveness to the social, political, and economic realities of the communities in which he lived and worked. He gave back to his community in a way that is still visible today, decades after his passing. As I move forward in my medical career, I hope to follow in Dr. Grenfell’s footsteps as a strong collaborator and advocate for community health.”

A native of St. John’s, Anthony is well on his way to following in Dr. Grenfell’s footsteps. 

He served as the Atlantic Regional Representative for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) for 2015-2016. In addition to advocating on behalf of medical students in the Atlantic region, he was an active participant in the CFMS Education Committee and the annual CFMS Lobby Day on Parliament Hill. 
Anthony currently serves as the marketing director for The Rounds Table, a weekly podcast about major new research in medicine hosted by physicians at the University of Toronto. After just two years online, The Rounds Table is downloaded 3,000 times per month in over 60 countries. He has also played a leading role in the development of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Ambassador Program. Being passionate about health policy and advocacy, he has worked to encourage greater engagement of medical students, residents, and early-career physicians in the activities of the CMA. He will be continuing this work over the coming year as the student member of the CMA General Council Task Force. 
Anthony is actively involved with research in global health. He has assisted with projects on public-private partnerships and the impact of the World Bank in the health sector. Furthermore, he spent the summer of 2016 as a research fellow in the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco where he contributed to research investigating skin manifestations of Hepatitis C and HIV-associated Kaposi sarcoma. 
Prior to beginning medical school, Anthony studied common and civil law at McGill University. He also holds an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford, where he investigated the barriers to global action on non-communicable diseases. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa, graduating summa cum laude with an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Studies and Modern Languages. He is also former recipient of the Fulbright Canada Killam Fellowship. 
“I am so grateful to have been named a recipient of this prestigious award. It is humbling to be recognized for my research and advocacy efforts on the local, national, and international stages,” says Anthony. “It is a huge privilege to be part of such an inspirational group of medical students. I am committed to addressing the challenges to health and well-being that we face in the 21st century, and feel honoured to be connected with medical leaders from across Canada.”
The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) partners with donors, MD Financial Management and Canada’s 17 medical schools to recognize young leaders who exemplify qualities of CMHF laureates: perseverance, collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit. Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award recipients receive a significant cash award and a travel subsidy to attend The 2017 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in May 2017 in Qu├ębec. They will have the opportunity to meet CMHF Laureates and interact with health leaders from across the country.