News at Medicine - September 2018 - Dean of medicine receives high academic honour

Dean of medicine receives high academic honour
September 14, 2018
Dr. Margaret Steele, dean of the Faculty of Medicine, has been elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).

Induction into the CAHS as a Fellow is considered one of the highest honours within Canada’s academic community. CAHS Fellows, who serve as unpaid volunteers, are nominated by their institutions and peers and selected in a competitive process based on their internationally recognized leadership, academic performance, scientific creativity and willingness to serve.
Fellows are expected to be active in promoting improved health, health care and health-related policies, the latter criterion is particularly important in the nomination process. Selection places considerable emphasis on internationally recognized leadership and contributions that have meaningfully advanced the academic health sciences, health care, health policy or related impacts.
The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences brings together Canada’s top-ranked health and biomedical scientists and scholars to make a positive impact on the urgent health concerns of Canadians.
The CAHS Fellowship was presented at the 2018 Forum and Annual General Meeting in Vancouver, BC on Sept. 13.

About Dr. Steele

Dr. Steele is the first woman dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She took on this exciting role as of August 15, 2016. She is a professor in the Discipline of Psychiatry.
Prior to coming to the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. Steele was the vice dean, Hospital & Interfaculty Relations, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University for five years. She was also a full professor in Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Pediatrics.

Dr. Steele earned her honours degree in microbiology and immunology at Western University in 1983 and completed her MD in 1987. She obtained her Fellowship in Psychiatry in 1992, and was in the first cohort to receive a Fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry in 2013. Dr. Steele also earned a masters of higher education from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education\University of Toronto in 2002 and became a Fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2008. In 2012, she became a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and in 2013 she became a Canadian Certified Physician Executive. She is also the first Canadian to be an Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Dean Fellow.