News at Medicine - June 2012 - Graduation 2012


Graduation 2012
June 12, 2012
At this year’s Graduation Dinner and Dance, held June 2 at the St. John’s Convention Centre, the Class of 2012 celebrated with an evening of speeches and awards. The evening before on June 1 the new class of doctors assembled in the main auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine for the traditional Shingles Night.
 

For these 60 young men and women, the two days of ceremony marked the transition from medical student to resident. For many it was time to say good-bye to classmates and wish each other well in the future. 

In addition to the awards below, Dr. Jonathan Clayton, Mount Hope, N.B., received the William and Frances Pound Scholarship, the result of a donation by Dr. Bernard So (Class of 1974), in recognition of the kindness and generosity shown to him by Mr. and Mrs. Pound during his years as a student at Memorial.




Dean James Rourke with members of the fourth-year Dean’s List.  From left: Drs. Jamison Mercer, Jon Duplisea, Curtis Budden, Paul Boland, Dean James Rourke, Drs. Nicole Myers, Trisha Daigle-Maloney, Amanda Parsons and David Carroll. Dr. Jonathan Clayton was unavailable for the photo.



Dr. Françoise Guigné of St. John’s, centre, received the Drs. James and Leslie Rourke Dean’s Convocation Award in Medicine, presented by Dean Rourke, right, and Dr. Leslie Rourke. This award, made possible by a generous donation from Drs. James and Leslie Rourke, is awarded to a student who has made an outstanding personal contribution to bettering the lives of others through volunteer work and humanitarian acts while maintaining high academic standing



Dr. Jamison Mercer of St. John’s, centre, received the Medical Practice Associates Scholarship for Academic Achievement, presented by Dr. Michael Paul, right, and Dean James Rourke. Medical Practice Associates (MPA) is the business association of all full-time clinical faculty members in the Faculty of Medicine. This prestigious scholarship, valued at $2,000 is awarded to the recipient of the University Medal for Academic Excellence in Medicine. Dr. Mercer also received the Dr. Henry Gault Memorial Scholarship, made available by the colleagues of Dr. Henry Gault, who had an international reputation in nephrology research and was instrumental in building a strong program of clinical and research nephrology at the General Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mercer also received the Dr. Patrick J. Dobbin Memorial Bursary, awarded by the Atlantic Provinces Medical Peer Review in recognition of Dr. Dobbin’s contribution to medicine in Newfoundland as a family physician and administrator for over 30 years; the Prize in Surgery, awarded to the most outstanding student in surgery; and the Prize in Internal Medicine, awarded to the most outstanding student in internal medicine.



Dr. Jennifer Power of Torbay, right, received the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada Student Book Award, presented by Catherine Parnell. This book award is made available by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. It is awarded to a student who demonstrates an interest in Gastroenterology.




Dr. Rebecca Powell of Bay Roberts, left, received the Mary Honeygold Scholarship/Bursary, presented by Dr. Don McKay, associate dean for undergraduate medical education. This scholarship/bursary was established in memory of Mary Honeygold and her family. It is awarded to a student who has stated and/or demonstrated an interest in practicing medicine in rural Newfoundland upon graduation.



Dr. Curtis Budden of Mount Pearl, left, received the Merck Sharpe & Dohme Award, presented by Dr. Don McKay. This award is provided annually to an outstanding student in clerkship.



Dr. Lacey Harding of St. John’s received the Dr. Robert B. Salter Award, presented by Dr. Don McKay. This award is made available from income derived from an endowment supported through a gift from Dr. Robert B. Salter, professor and head of orthopedic surgery at the University of Toronto. It is awarded to an outstanding student in clerkship who best exemplified the qualities of compassionate and competent patient care.



Dr. David Carroll of Paradise, right, received the Charles E. Frosst Medical Scholarship, presented by Dr. Jason McCarthy, clinical clerkship program co-ordinator. This scholarship is made available by Merck Frosst Canada Inc. It is awarded to a student who has shown the most promise in the field of therapeutics.



Dr. Kady Herrington of Saint John, N.B., right, and Dr. Stephanie Reid of New Harbour NL,  received Hunter W. Earle Memorial Scholarships in Medicine, presented by Dr. Jason McCarthy. These scholarships have been made possible from the proceeds of a memorial fund established by the colleagues of the late Dr. Hunter Earle and a generous donation from Mrs. Marilyn Pasternak, widow of Dr. Earle. Two scholarships are made available annually to medical students at Memorial who best exemplify the characteristics of leadership, sportsmanship and interest in student activities and who have maintained a good academic standard.



Five graduates received Amgen Canada Memorial University Family Medicine Scholarships, presented by Dr. Jason McCarthy, left. Recipients were (from Dr. McCarthy, left):  Drs. Robert Power, Laura Callaghan, Matthew Ryan, Brianne Quinton and Shawn Metcalfe. Amgen Canada Inc. generously established these scholarships, valued at $1,000, to provide support for medical students who are planning a career in family medicine. They are awarded to five full-time medical students in their graduating year who have been accepted in to the Family Medicine Residency Program at Memorial.



Dr. Robyn LeDrew of Portugal Cove-St. Phillips received the Dr. Janice E. Lessard Scholarship in Geriatric Medicine, presented by Dr. Jason McCarthy. This scholarship is made available from income derived from an endowment donated by Dr. Janice E. Lessard, an alumna of Memorial University and a practicing gerontologist in Toronto. It is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a desire to improve the function and social well-being of the frail and elderly.



Dr. Amanda Collier of Bay d’Espoir, right, received Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) award, presented by Dr. Jason McCarthy. This award consists of a one-year subscription to the SAEM Newsletter and a one-year resident/medical student membership in SAEM. It is made available to a senior medical student who has demonstrated excellence in the specialty of emergency medicine.



Dr. Amanda Parsons of Summerside, NL, right, received the Donald and Elizabeth Hillman Prize in Pediatrics, presented by Dr. Cathy Vardy, chair of the Discipline of Pediatrics. This prize is made available by the Discipline of Pediatrics and is awarded to the most outstanding student in pediatrics.



Dr. Paul Boland of Corner Brook received the Cooze Keinath Scholarship, presented by Dr. Terry O’Grady. This scholarship was established by Dr. Derek Cooze, a graduate of the Class of 1985, and his spouse Dr. Kim Keinath. It is based on scholarship standing in clerkship. Dr. Boland also received the Gerry Lynch Memorial Scholarship, presented by Dean James Rourke. The Gerry Lunch Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a medical student at Memorial University for the completion of a research paper on a medical/political topic. This year’s topic was Self-regulation: The challenge of maintaining public trust in an environment of increase scrutiny and criticism. The essay is available for all to read on the NLMA’s website. Gerry Lunch served as Executive Director of the NLMA for 27 years. The scholarship’s focus reflects the contribution Mr. Lynch made to health care policy, both provincially and nationally. The scholarship is provided by the Canadian Medical Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to achieving excellence in health care through medical philanthropy.



Dr. Crystal Blanchard of Cox’s Cove, NL, left, received the Dr. Francis L. O’Dea Scholarship in Obstetrics and Gynecology, presented by Susan Goold. This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Francis O’Dea and his work in obstetrics and gynecology; it is awarded to a student who has done outstanding work in this field.



Dr. Ian MacPherson of Bedford, NS, right, received a Dr. John M. Darte Memorial Award, presented by Peter Rusted. These awards were established by Mrs. J.M. Darte and Mrs. Frances Darte McCabe in memory of Dr. John M. Darte, the first professor and chair of the Discipline of Pediatrics. Dr. Megan Sample of Pasadena, NL, who was unable to attend the ceremony, also received a Dr. John M. Darte Memorial Award.



Dr. Trisha Daigle-Maloney of Saint John, NB, left, received the Erica Bartlett Memorial Bursary, presented by Janet Bartlett. This bursary is the result of an endowment to the university, funded by donations from family and friends of the Bartlett family, as well as students, staff and faculty members of the Faculty of Medicine. The bursary is awarded to a student who is matched to a postgraduate program in oncology.



Dr. Jonathan Duplisea, of Saint John, NB, right, received the Marie T. Kennedy Bursary, presented by Dr. Scott Moffatt, assistant dean for student affairs. In her will, Marie Theresa Kennedy left a bequest to Memorial University to allow a bursary to be awarded annually. To be considered, a candidate must be a full-time undergraduate student in science or medicine; it is awarded on a rotating basis.



Dr. Joel Koops of St. John’s, right, received the Dr. Harry Roberts Scholarship, presented by Dr. Scott Moffatt. This scholarship was established through generous gifts from Elizabeth Drugs Limited and the family of the late Dr. Harry Roberts, a graduate of Memorial University College in 1931 and an early and ardent promoter of the medical school.



Dr. Raie Lene Kirby of Lewisporte received the Dr. David G. Greenland Memorial Bursary in Family Medicine, presented by Dr. Scott Moffatt. This bursary is awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need and in good academic standing who has demonstrated dedication to the practice of family medicine. Preference is given to students from central Newfoundland.



Dr. Laura Edwards of Lawn, NL, received the Dr. Phyllis H. Madryga Scholarship, presented by Dr. Scott Moffatt. This scholarship is provided by the NLMA and is awarded to a student from rural Newfoundland and Labrador in the final year of medical school with plans to practice rural medicine. Academic achievement, strong personal values and leadership within the Faculty of Medicine are also considered.



Dr. Nicole Myers of Mount Pearl received the Prize in Psychiatry, presented by Dr. Hubert White. This prize is awarded to the most outstanding student in psychiatry.



Dr. Angela Wareham of St. John’s, right, received the Dr. Andrew Bagby and son Zachary Andrew Memorial Bursary, presented by Mary Dray. This endowed bursary was initiated in memory of Dr. Andrew Bagby and his son Zachary by David and Kathleen Bagby, parents of Andrew. The recipient must have an engaging demeanor and must relate with ease to people at all levels, as this was a unique characteristic of Dr. Bagby. In addition to demonstrated financial need, the student will demonstrate the qualities Andrew embodied: a positive, caring attitude, a sense of camaraderie, passion for life, supportive of others with a genuine concern for, and a desire to impact positively on the lives of their classmates.



Dr. Chris Mong of St. John’s received the Dr. Laura Hiscock Memorial Bursary, presented by Dr. Cathy Mann. This bursary is awarded annually to the medical student who, in addition to demonstrated financial need, best demonstrates the following qualities Laura Hiscock embodied: passion for life, devotion to family, work-life balance, selflessness, supportive of others and good sportsmanship.



Dr. Natalie Graves of Belleisle Bay, NB, right, received the Dr. Harry W. Edstrom Scholarship in Medicine, presented by Mrs. Grace Edstrom. Family, friends and colleagues of the late Dr. Harry W. Edstrom established this scholarship in his memory. Dr. Edstrom was a professor of medicine (respirology) at Memorial who is recognized for his lifetime contributions to teaching and leadership in the medical profession.  This scholarship is awarded annually to a medical student who has completed the clerkship component of the MD program, has a strong academic record and who demonstrates leadership during medical studies.



Dr. Laura Murphy of Marystown, NL, left, received the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation Scholarship, presented by Dr. Kara Laing. This scholarship is awarded annually by the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation. It is awarded to a student who demonstrates clinical proficiency and an interest in oncology.


Student Awards

These awards are particularly significant because the recipients are chosen by their classmates.



The Dr. Charles (Chip) Nardini Memorial Award for 2012 went to Dr. Rebecca Powell, left, presented by Dr. Lynn Dwyer (Class of 1986). This award goes to a fourth-year medical student who best exemplifies the characteristics of leadership, friendliness, good humour, care and concern for fellow students and patients. Dr. Chip Nardini was a medical student who died accidentally March 1, 1986 and received his degree posthumously.



Dr. Françoise Guigné, right, received the Dr. Gregory Rideout Award, presented by Dr. Alexis Marshall. This award goes to a fourth-year medical student who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to activities outside of the medical school that will benefit others. This award was established by Dr. Rideout’s classmates (Class of 2003) in recognition of his heroic act that saved the life of a man who would have drowned but for his intervention.



Dr. Laura Edwards, left, received the Dr. I.E. Rusted Award, presented by Peter Rusted. This award goes to a fourth-year medical student who has made the greatest contribution to the graduating class. Dr. Ian Rusted was the founding father of the medical school: it is because of his vision and determination that Newfoundland and Labrador has a medical school. The medical school admitted its first students in September 1969.

Other student awards



The Gold Humanism Honour Society (GHHS) recognizes fourth-year medical students who have demonstrated exemplary humanistic qualities essential to good doctoring – integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy and service. The number of honourees is 10-15 per cent of the class. Dr. Scott Moffatt, left, presented certificates to the nine students selected for 2012. Left (from Dr. Moffatt): Drs. Nicole Myers, Françoise Guigné, David Carroll, Matthew Ryan, Crystal Blanchard, Jamison Mercer, Lacey Harding, Natalie Graves and Angela Wareham.

SHINGLES NIGHT

The Class of 2012 settled in for a good time the evening of June 1 in the main auditorium for the 31st annual Shingles Night. Drs. Bill Eaton and Alan Goodridge entertained the audience of graduates and their families. Dr. Matthew Ryan was chosen by his classmates to be valedictorian, and awards for staff and faculty valued by Class of 2012 were presented. Each student received an individual “Shingle” to hang in their practice of the future.

Dr. Michael Furey, who was unable to attend Shingles Night, received the Dr. D.W. Ingram Award. This award is given to the physician who has provided outstanding clinical teaching, shown interest in students’ well-being and served as a positive role model.



Dr. Heather Williams accepted her Shingle from Dr. Scott Moffatt, assistant dean for Student Affairs.



The Class of 2012 recited the Oath of Hippocrates, led by Dr. William Pryse-Phillips.



Dr. Alan Goodridge received the Silver Orator Award, presented by Dr. Stephanie Reid. The graduating class presents this award to the professor who has provided the finest lectures with respect to content, style, humour and aptness.



Dr. David Thomas, right, received the Community Physician Teaching Award, presented by Dr. James Farrell. Dr. Thomas is in practice in Port aux Basques. The graduating class presents this award to the rural physician who has provided outstanding teaching and guidance to students during their clerkship. 



Dr. Robin Ryan, right, received the Outstanding Intern/Resident Award, presented by Dr. Erica Pritchett. This award is given to the intern/resident who has provided outstanding teaching and guidance to students during their clerkship.



Dr. Michele Neary, wellness consultant with the Student Affairs Office, received the Honorary Order of the Killick Award. It was presented by Dr. Laura Edwards. This unique award is presented annually to the person who has made an outstanding contribution to the graduating class above and beyond the call of duty.