News at Medicine - May 2014 - Class of 2014 graduation

 
Class of 2014 graduation
May 30, 2014
It was a busy time last week for the Class of 2014 as 65 young men and women received their MD at the Thursday May 29 morning session of spring convocation, followed that evening with a Gala Dinner and Dance at the Sheraton.
 
 
The Class of 2014 with Dean James Rourke
 

New MDS Rajiv Thavanathan and Kyle McGivery were masters of ceremonies at the gala. The blessing was given by Drs. Catherine Winsor and Paul Crocker, and the toast and response featured Dr. Jeremy Pridham, chair and associate professor with the Discipline of Anesthesia, followed with a response from his daughter, new graduate Dr. Allison Pridham.
 
Dr. Bill Eaton, well-known humourologist and associate professor of palliative care, was the guest speaker. He graduated from Memorial’s medical school in 1974 as a member of the second MD class, and he offered an entertaining look at his “Forty Rules for Doctors.” His speech will be carried in the summer issue of MUNMED. 
The evening’s activities featured a number of awards and recognitions. In addition to the awards featured in the photos below, Dr. Jason Akerman, who was unable to attend the gala, received the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada Student Book Award.
 
Dr. Jeremy Pridham, right, and his daughter Dr. Allison Pridham, gave the toast and response.
 
Dean’s List for Clerkship. From left: Drs. Shannon McCarter, Elyse Jewer, Andrew Baird, Megan Dawe, Lesley Manning, Shannon Laity, Christopher Dwyer, Laura Butler, Dean James Rourke, Rebecca Titman, Jennifer LeMessurier and Keelia Farrell.
 

Dean James Rourke presented Dr. William Stokes with the Drs. James and Leslie Rourke Dean’s Convocation Award in Medicine. 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. Megan Dawe received the Medical Practice Associate Scholarship for Academic Achievement, presented by Dr. Darrell Boone. This award from the business association of all full-time clinical faculty members in the Faculty of Medicine is valued at $2,000 and is awarded to the recipient of the University Medal for Academic Excellence in Medicine.
 

Dr. Shannon McCarter received the Prize in Surgery, presented by Dr. Darrell Boone. This prize is awarded to the most outstanding student in surgery.  
 
Dr. Paula Barker received the received the William and Frances Pound Scholarship, presented by Dr. Scott Moffatt, associate dean for student affairs. This scholarship is the result of a donation by Dr. Bernard So, a graduate of Memorial’s medical school, in recognition of the kindness and generosity shown to him by Mr. and Mrs. Pound during his years as a student at Memorial.
 
Dr. Andrew Baird, left, 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. Angela Hyde 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. It is awarded to a student who has demonstrated both interest in clinical research and academic excellence within internal medicine.
 
Dr. Jillian Greene received the Mary Honeygold Scholarship/Bursary, presented by Dr. Scott Moffatt. 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. Keelia Farrell received the Cooze Keinath Scholarship, presented by Dr. Scott Moffatt. 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.
 
Five graduates received Amgen Canada Memorial University Family Medicine Scholarships, presented by Dr. Kath Stringer, left. Recipients were (from left): Drs. Keon Hughes, Rana Saunders, Catherine Winsor, Chad Petten and Paul Crocker. Amgen Canada Inc. generously established these scholarships, valued at $1,000 each, 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. Christopher Dwyer, left, received the Prize in Internal Medicine, presented by Dr. Kath Stringer. This prize, made available by the Discipline of Internal Medicine, is awarded to the most outstanding student in internal medicine.
 
Dr. Rajiv Thavanathan received the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Award, presented by Dr. Kath Stringer. 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. Brianne Lewis, left, received the Dr. Laura Hiscock Memorial Bursary, presented by Dr. Kath Stringer. 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. Zachary Warren received the Marie T. Kennedy Bursary, presented by Dr. Kath Stringer. In her will, Ms. Marie Theresa Kennedy left a bequest to Memorial University to allow one or more bursaries to be awarded annually on academic effort.
 
Dr. Elyse Jewer received the Merck Sharpe & Dohme Award, presented by Dr. Don McKay. This award is provided annually by Merck Frosst to an outstanding student in clerkship.
 
Drs. Nicole Stockley, left, and Fady Kamel, right, received Hunter W. Earle Memorial Scholarships in Medicine, presented by Dr. Don McKay. 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.
 
Dr. Rebecca Titman received the Charles E. Frosst Medical Scholarship, presented by Dr. Don McKay. 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. Dayna Butler received the Dr. Janice E. Lessard Scholarship in Geriatric Medicine, presented by Dr. McKay. 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. Allison Pridham received the Dr. Robert B. Salter Award, presented by Dr. 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. Christopher Dwyer received the Donald and Elizabeth Hillman Prize in Pediatrics, presented by Dr. Tyna Doyle. This prize is made available by the Discipline of Pediatrics and is awarded to the most outstanding student in pediatrics.
 
Dr. Shannon Laity, 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. Lesley Manning, left, received the Dr. Phyllis H. Madryga Scholarship, presented by Dr. Wendy Graham, incoming president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association. 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. Karla Armsworthy, left, received the Prize in Psychiatry, presented by Dr. Kim St. John. This prize is made available by the Discipline of Psychiatry and is awarded to the most outstanding student in psychiatry.
 
Dr. Lori Cheverie, left, and Dr. Katrina DeZeeuw, right, received Dr. John M. Darte Memorial Awards, presented by Chris Rusted, son of the late Dr. Ian Rusted, founder of Memorial’s medical school. 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. Laura Butler, left, 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. Julia Curtis, left, 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. Jennifer LeMessurier received the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation Scholarship, presented by Dr. Jehan Siddiqui. 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.
 
Dr. Kyle McGivery received the Erica Bartlett Memorial Bursary, presented by Mrs. Janet Bartlett. The 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.
 
Dr. Phillip Holloway, left, received the Dr. Richard Fagan Memorial Scholarship in Orthopedics, presented by Dr. Andrew Furey. This scholarship was established by a group of orthopedic and plastic surgeons at Memorial University. Dr. Richard Fagan, Class of 2012, showed dedication to patient care and has a thirst for knowledge in the field of orthopedic surgery.

STUDENT AWARDS
The following awards are particularly significant because the recipients are chosen by their classmates.
 
Dr. Julia Curtis received the Dr. Charles (Chip) Nardini Memorial Award, presented by Dr. Vina Broderick (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. Brianne Lewis received the Dr. Gregory Rideout Award, presented by Dr. Zachary Warren. 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. Will Stokes, left, received the Dr. I.E. Rusted Award, presented by Chris 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. Dr. Rusted was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame on May 2, 2013, becoming the 100th Laureate.
 
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 eight students selected for 2014. From left: Drs. Rana Saunders, Lesley Manning, Julia Curtis, William Stokes, Nicole Stockley, Catherine Winsor, Paul Crocker and Zachary Warren.
 
The graduation gala ended with a song by the masters of ceremony.