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​Ross Walk 2018
October 29, 2018
The 17th Annual John Ross Commemorative Walk, hosted by the Discipline of Family Medicine, took place Tuesday, Oct. 23 on the trail from Long Pond to Quidi Vidi.

With its beautiful fall foliage and sun-lit paths, the route was the perfect backdrop for the annual hike, which honours the late Dr. John Ross.
Dr. Ross, a well-respected educator, physician, poet and hiking enthusiast, was known for his humanitarian work and commitment to family medicine. He founded the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Training Program and helped establish a medical school training program in Uganda. He also ran a part-time free clinic in St. John’s, NL.
About 20 faculty, residents and colleagues participated in Tuesday’s commemorative walk, which began at the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Roger Butler, head of the Ross Walk Committee, kicked things off by reading a selection of poems by Dr. Ross. Dr. Ross’ daughter, Wendy Ross, and granddaughter, Elizabeth Ross, shared stories and memories.
The walk serves as both a tribute to Dr. Ross and an opportunity to raise awareness for the John Ross Award. In keeping with the spirit of Dr. Ross’ humanitarian efforts, the award will be given to a second year Memorial family medicine resident or nurse practitioner who wishes to travel to provide care to an underserved population.
To donate, please visit and specify “other” and “John Ross Award.”