News at Medicine - December 2010 - Scholarship and Awards Luncheon


Scholarship and Awards Luncheon
December 17, 2010
On Dec. 7 the annual Scholarship and Awards Luncheon for first and second-year medical students was held in the Faculty of Business Administration Atrium. A total of 44 awards were presented, including two outstanding teacher awards. Dean James Rourke brought greetings to donors and recipients and briefly described the upcoming expansion of the medical education program and research growth.
 
Each academic year, first and second-year medical students select the person they consider to be the most outstanding teacher in that year. The Class of 2013 selected Dr. John Smeda for the Outstanding Teacher Award. The Class of 2012 selected Dr. Sean Hamilton.

The following awards were given to students unable to attend the luncheon. Andrew Baird received the Dr. Kevin Keough Medical Entrance Scholarship. This scholarship has been established through a generous donation by Dr. Ming Lau, Class of 1982, and is named after Dr. Kevin Keough who was Dr. Lau’s supervisor for his master’s thesis in biochemistry (1978).

Kathryn Wheeler received a John M. and Elsa S. Morgan Scholarship. These scholarships have been bequested to the university by the late Dr. John M. Morgan and his wife Elsa S. Morgan. They are made on the basis of scholarship standing and preference is given, where possible, to students from the Port de Grave District.

Natalie Graves received the Dr. J.B. Roberts Memorial Scholarship, established by friends and colleagues of the late Dr. J.B. Roberts. The selection is based on excellence in clinical skills as determined by performance in the clinical skills course (OSCE).

Two recipients of the Dr. Mary E. Pedersen Scholarships in Medicine were unable to attend the luncheon. Jonathan Duplisea and Jason Leung each received one of these scholarships, which are awarded based on academic excellence.

Ada Parsons of Summerside received the Dr. J.H. King Memorial Scholarship in Medicine, established by Dr. King’s wife and children in his memory. The selection is based on academic excellence and the student must be a resident of the western Newfoundland area.

Karen Li received the Isidor Epstein Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded out of income derived from a bequest to Memorial University by the late Mrs. Bella Leukovitz.

Kady Herrington received the Dr. Brian Gerard Adams Memorial Bursary Fund, established by the friends and family of Dr. Brian Gerard Adams.

Natalie Graves received a Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association Awards. Selection for these awards is based on potential interest in the organizational aspects of the profession of medicine as demonstrated by participation in leadership roles within the medical school.

The following award winners attended the ceremony to accept their awards.


   
 Dr. John Smeda, right, received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Class of 2013. It was presented by Anne Gregory. Dr. Sean Hamilton, who was unable to attend the luncheon, received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Class of 2012.  Zachary Warren left, received the Gordon Mercer Rural Medicine Bursary, presented by Dr. Paul Dancey, assistant dean for Student Affairs. Named for the founding officer for Student Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine (1972), this bursary is awarded to a student entering first year of studies in the Faculty of Medicine who is from a rural community in Newfoundland and Labrador.

   
Paula Barker, left, received the Dr. Abdalla M. Hanna Memorial Bursary in Medicine, presented by Sarah and Sylvia Hanna. This bursary, named in memory of Dr. Abdalla M. Hanna, a well-known surgeon in St. John’s, is awarded to a student entering first-year studies in the Faculty of Medicine who is a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador. Troy Climans, right, received the Medical Practice Associates Scholarship for first year, presented by Dr. Gary Tarrant. Mr. Climans was also the recipient of the Centenary of Responsible Government Scholarship, awarded annually to the most outstanding student in the class.

Robin Clouston, left, received the Dr. H.D. Roberts Prize in Pharmacology, presented by Dr. Tanis Adey, associate dean of Undergraduate Medical Education. This prize is funded by an endowment provided by Elizabeth Drugs Limited in recognition of the contribution made to the community and to the medical profession by Dr. H.D. Roberts. It is awarded annually to the student who has shown academic excellence in the field of pharmacology. The Hon Ed Roberts, son of Dr. H.D. Roberts, sent his congratulations. Janet Roberts of Brigus, left, received a John M. and Elsa S. Morgan Scholarship, presented by Dr. Tanis Adey. These scholarships have been bequested to the university by the late Dr. John M. Morgan and his wife Elsa S. Morgan. They are made on the basis of scholarship standing and preference is given, where possible, to students from the Port de Grave District.

Ross Campbell, left, received the Faculty of Medicine Opportunity Fund Scholarship, presented by Dr. Paul Dancey. This scholarship is the result of an endowment created from several general donations to the Opportunity Fund by various alumni and friend of the university and in particular of the medical school. The selection is based on academic excellence. David Watton, left, received the Dr. John M. Darte Memorial Award, presented by Dr. Paul Dancey. This award was established by Mrs. J.M. Carte and Mrs. Frances Carte McCabe in memory of Dr. John M. Darter, the first professor and chair of pediatrics at Memorial. The selection is based on academic excellence and financial need.

Alexandra Maher, left, received the Dr. Wulf Grobin Memorial Scholarship, presented by Dr. Anne Sclater. This scholarship has been established by Ida Parsons in memory of Dr. Grobin, a compassionate physician and humanitarian who practiced medicine in Brooklyn, Bonavista Bay from 1938-1943 and in ST. John’s from 1945-1958, when he moved with his family to Toronto. The selection is based on academic excellence and financial need. Janet Roberts received the Walter Davis Award, presented by Greg Noel. This award was established by the Newfoundland Lung Association to honour the work of Walter David in the field of chest disease, particularly tuberculosis. The award is given to the student who achieves the highest grade in the respiratory component of the ISD-1 course.

Brendan Webber, left and Ross Campbell, centre, each received a Surgery Prize in Anatomy, presented by Dr. Darrell Boone. This award is made available by the Department of Surgery and is awarded to the students who have obtained the highest grade in the anatomy course. Patrick Fleming, left, received the Ryan Family Scholarship, presented by Sister Perpetua Kennedy. This scholarship was established by Mrs. Helen Ryan in memory of family members, Mary B.H., Thomas Sr., Thomas Jr. and Mary. It is awarded to the student who has shown academic excellence and financial need.

David Harnett, centre, received the Gina Blundon Memorial Scholarship, presented by Alice Blundon, left, and George Butt. This scholarship is awarded by the Avalon Health Care Institutions Board to the student who receives the highest mark in cardiology. Patrick Fleming, left, received the Dr. Leonard Miller Award, presented by Dr. Shree Mulay, associate dean of Community Health and Humanities. This award was established in memory of Dr. Leonard A. Miller and is funded by the Faculty of Medicine and the St. John’s General Hospital. It is awarded to the most outstanding student in community health.

Jessica Downing, left, received the Rural Community Visit Prize, presented by Dr. Shree Mulay. This prize is provided by the Division of Community Health. The recipient is recommended by the Community Health Course Committee and is based on all essays/projects concerning the two-week rural community visit. Jamison Mercer, left, received the Medical Practice Associates Scholarship for second year, presented by Dr. Gary Tarrant. This scholarship is made available by Medical Practice Associates. MPA is the business association of all full-time clinical faculty members in the Faculty of Medicine. It is awarded to the student earning the highest grades in the second year of medical studies.

Jessica Corbett, left, received the Frank and Pat Fagan Family Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Community Leadership. It was presented by Frank and Pat Fagan. This prestigious scholarship is awarded annually to an academically outstanding student who has completed the preclerkship component of the MD program and who has demonstrated a significant record of community leadership, prior to entry of during the medical program. Only residents of Newfoundland and Labrador are eligible to apply. Matthew Ryan, right, received the Dr. Peter Grant Memorial Scholarship, presented by Dr. Cliona McManamon. This scholarship was established through generous gifts from the classmates, friends and family of Dr. Peter Grant (Class of 1994) to honour his enduring spirit.

Jessica Coffey, left, received the Dr. John M. Darte Memorial Award, presented by Dr. Tanis Adey. This award was established by Mrs. J.M. Carte and Mrs. Frances Carte McCabe in memory of Dr. John M. Darter, the first professor and chair of pediatrics at Memorial. The selection is based on academic excellence and financial need. Rebecca Powell of Bay Roberts, right, received a John M. and Elsa S. Morgan Scholarship, presented by Dr. Tanis Adey. These scholarships have been bequested to the university by the late Dr. John M. Morgan and his wife Elsa S. Morgan. They are made on the basis of scholarship standing and preference is given, where possible, to students from the Port de Grave District.

Recipients of Dr. Mary E. Pedersen Scholarships in Medicine included (from left) Richard Fagan, Amy Colbourne and Nicole Myers. Dr. Paul Dancey, right, made the presentations. These scholarships are made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Mary E. Pedersen (Class of 1980) and are awarded based on academic excellence.

Robyn LeDrew, left, received the Dr. Calvin N. Powell Bursary in Medicine, presented by Dr. Calvin Powell (Class of 1982), who established this bursary. The selection is based on academic excellence and financial need. Paige Moore, right, received a Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association Award, presented by Dr. Sandra Luscombe. These awards are funded by the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association. Selection for these awards is based on potential interest in the organizational aspects of the profession of medicine as demonstrated by participation in leadership roles within the medical school.

Jamison Mercer, centre, received the Morris and Graham Wilansky Memorial Award, presented by Ruth and John Noel. This award has been established by the family and friends of Morris and Graham Wilansky, in their memory.

Laura Callaghan, left, received the Pathology Prize, presented by Dr. Simon Avis. This prize was established in 1984 by the members of the Discipline of Laboratory Medicine in recognition of the distinguished contributions to pathology and to medical education at Memorial University by Dr. S.N. Huang, a previous chair of the discipline. This prize is awarded to the student whose performance in the general and systems pathology course is considered by members of the discipline to be most distinguished Matthew Ryan, centre, was awarded the Gina D. Blundon Memorial Bursary, presented by Alice Blundon, left and Kim Larouche (Class of 2007). This bursary is awarded annually by the Medical Students Society to a medical student in the first two years of study who is in good academic standing and who is an active participant in class life in as many facets as possible. The most important of the selection criteria states that this individual must be judged by his peers to have a positive, caring attitude fostering a sense of camaraderie within class life. The student must also have demonstrated a genuine concern for classmates and show a desire to impact positively on the lives of his classmates.

Joel Mercer (second from left) was the winner of the 2010 Medical Student Research Forum. Dean James Rourke presented certificates to Mr. Mercer and runner ups David Harnett and Patrick Fleming, right. Nicholas Smith, also a runner up, was unable to attend.

Dean James Rourke, left, with students on the Dean’s List for first-year medical studies: Patrick Fleming, Alexandra Maher, David Harnett, Ross Campbell, Dave Watton and Troy Climans. Brendan Webber was not available for the photo.

Dean James Rourke, left, with students on the Dean’s List for second-year medical studies: Richard Fagan, Robyn LeDrew, Jamison Mercer, Amy Colbourne, Laura Callaghan and Nicole Myers. Jonathan Duplisea was not available for the photo.