Max House Teaching Award

This award is for outstanding contribution of an individual to advancing CME/CPD planning, teaching and/or scholarly research for physicians and health professionals in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond. In the context of this award, research refers to peer-reviewed, adjudicated or equivalent research/scholarly work, including creative activity and performance. Nominees can include part-time or full-time faculty, staff, community-based physicians or allied health professionals or other members of the community who have made outstanding contributions to advancing CME/CPD planning, teaching and/or scholarly research in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dr. A. Maxwell House was an instrumental figure in the establishment and development of CME programming in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. He held a number of leadership positions in CME including: Director, Continuing Medical Education (1968 -1977); Assistant Dean, Continuing Medical Education (1978-1981); and Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education and Clinical Affairs (1981-1984). Through his pioneering work in Telemedicine (distance technologies to support patient consults, continuing education) he brought CME programing to physicians and other health professionals across many rural communities in the Province.

Current Recipient

2021-2022: Dr. Shabnam Asghari
Dr. Shabnam Asghari

Dr. Shabnam Asghari is a Professor with the Discipline of Family Medicine. She leads a rural health research capacity-building program at the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University. This novel, socially accountable program fosters innovation through partnerships with patients, communities, and decision makers. One of the main component of this program is a training program for physicians (6for6) that has successfully integrated a new model of learning for health research activities in rural and remote areas. 

Dr. Asghari’s efforts toward developing and delivering the 6for6 curriculum have led to accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Another integral part of her rural health research capacity-building program is a research incubator called Rural360 to help fund rural research ideas led by rural physicians. Dr. Asghari has worked tirelessly to advance CME/CPD planning, teaching and scholarly research for physicians and health professionals provincially and nationally. 

Past Recipients


Dr. Kara Laing
Dr. Kara Laing

Dr. Kara Laing has been involved with several continuing professional development CPD activities over the course of her career, including Oncology Grand Rounds, General Practitioner in Oncology teaching rounds, planning and presenting at provincial cancer educational conferences, developing online courses, The Atlantic Canada Oncology Group educational meetings, and the Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists annual scientific meetings, CPD activities and executive. Dr. Laing received the Canadian Certified Physician Executive Designation from the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders and is recognized as a mentor for learner and colleagues. She also sits on the Clinical Trails Committee for the Canadian Clinical Trials Group. Dr. Laing received her MD from Memorial University, completed internal Medicine Residency at Memorial, Medical Oncology Residency at the University of British Colombia, and a Research Fellowship at Queen’s University. She is a Medical Oncologist within the Cancer Care Program and has more than 20 years of experience as an educator, clinician, leader, and researcher. As Professor and Chair, Discipline of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Laing teaches undergraduate and postgraduate learners, graduate students, allied health care professionals and colleagues.

2017: Dr. Roger Butler
Dr. Roger Butler
In 1985 Dr. Roger Butler joined the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial as an assistant professor, and in 1991 began his position as an associate Professor, where he has taught ever since. He has developed the Memorial Family Medicine Geriatric curriculum and chairs the third year enhanced skills program which he helped develop. Dr.  Butler is instrumental in providing education to physicians, other healthcare professionals and residents/students that aligns with the initiatives of the World Health Organization in advancing the state of knowledge about how ageing impacts public health, health care in old age, and gerontology. In all of his educational initiatives, he focuses on the process of healthy ageing and the promotion of long-term health adopting community-based approaches by emphasizing the community as a key setting for interventions, taking into account that many health problems need to be dealt with outside the health sector and respecting and understanding ethical issues related to health and wellbeing in old age.

2015: Dr. Susan MacDonald
Dr. Susan MacDonald
Her research interests cover symptom management, the utilization of electronic media and healthcare provision. She is a spokesperson for palliative care and discusses the subject of Hastened Death in National forums. She is an award winning educator in the Undergraduate Medical program at Memorial University, as the primary teacher of Palliative Care in all four years. She teaches at the postgraduate level in both Family Medicine as well as Medicine Residency programs. She is involved at a provincial and national level with committees in Palliative care and the College of Family Physicians. Currently she is the President of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians. She is a member of the Board of the NL College of Physicians and Surgeons. 


One (1) award may be presented biennially and the winner will receive a plaque. Winners will be notified directly and will be recognized at the Dean’s Excellence Awards.

Nomination packages may be submitted electronically and include the following:
  • Letter of Support
  • Curriculum Vitae (abbreviated CVs will be accepted)
Please send nominations to:
Dr. Vernon Curran
Associate Dean of Educational Development
Phone: (709) 864-3346