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2015 Awards of Excellence Recipients

Congratulations to the 2015 Winners!

The annual Awards of Excellence recognize members of the healthcare community for their contributions to creating an optimal training environment for residents in BC. There were a number of exceptional candidates this year, and we thank everyone for their valuable efforts. The winners of the awards are as follows:
Award of Merit

The Award of Merit recognizes a resident whose outstanding achievements and/or leadership reflect the aims and objectives of Resident Doctors of BC. The award is presented annually to a resident who has shown outstanding initiative in resident health and well-being, promotion of the role of residents in the health care system, or advocacy and representation of residents leading to improved work or learning environments.

Dr. Meghan Ho, an internal medicine resident, advocated for a program to improve the training that junior residents receive so that the transition to senior resident is smoother. This included advocating for a formal session in the Academic Half-Day curriculum and presenting the session twice to educate junior residents about the senior role. This advocacy work resulted in the “transition program” becoming a formal part of the internal medicine residency program with the full support of program administration.

Dr. Patricia Clugston Memorial Award
for Excellence in Teaching

The Dr. Patricia Clugston Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes a physician clinical educator for his or her contributions to residents’ medical education. The recipient will have created a safe learning environment that encourages self-inquiry, supports adult learning, and fosters within learners a desire to achieve their highest potential.

Dr. Jagdeeo Ubhi is the Program Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the resident Site Director at Royal Columbian Hospital. His nominators noted he is an excellent teacher who is calm and encouraging when teaching integral skills, and he is always looking for innovative and effective ways for residents to learn. Additionally, he is timely and effective in his feedback, with bi-annual fireside chats that not only highlight strength, but suggest improvements.

Residents Advocate Award

The Residents’ Advocate Award recognizes an individual who displays a significant interest in issues of importance to residents. The award is presented annually to a person who advocates for the personal, professional, or educational advancement of residents.

Dr. Andrew Campbell is the Program Director of Cardiac Surgery and a staff congenital cardiac surgeon at BC Childen’s Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital. He has been an advocate for both resident education and well-being. He has advocated for simulation training for residents since becoming Program Director five years ago. The simulations he developed have provided residents with invaluable experience to practice emergency scenarios and complex situations in a low-risk environment. He is a staunch ally of resident well-being and provides support on a personal level by sharing meals with residents, accommodating illness and family needs, and adding physical health into academic sessions to promoting personal well-being.
Award recipients are given $1000 each to donate to a charity of their choosing, and honoured with a personalized memento to recognize their achievement.

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author: Michelle Seymour