2017 Awards of Excellence Recipients

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 recipients of the year’s awards are as follows:

Award of Merit

The Award of Merit recognizes a resident whose 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.

Recipient: Dr. Jared Baylis

As one of the inaugural residents at the Interior Site of the UBC Emergency Medicine residency program, Dr. Baylis has set an example for his fellow residents. He has used his expertise in Simulation Education and Innovation to develop a local simulation curriculum to ensure that residents get exposed to all the key clinical presentations and has mapped these presentations to clinical competencies and objectives.

Despite the many competing demands of residency, Dr. Baylis has invested time to network with consultant services and leverage these connections to create opportunities for residents. In addition, he introduced an initiative called “Real Talk”, with the intention of creating a safe space for residents to share experiences in medicine and speak openly about burnout, mistakes on shifts, and work-life balance. This initiative is now a yearly tradition and has helped create a culture of openness and support in the Kelowna residency program.

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.

Recipient: Dr. Sonia Butterworth

Dr. Sonia Butterworth is a Pediatric Surgeon at BCCH and a Clinical Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Surgery. She has received outstanding evaluations in all areas of teaching including patient management, surgical skills, medical expertise, communication and professionalism. Her nominators describe her as approachable and patient, encouraging residents to make intraoperative decisions and helping them navigate out of difficult situations.

A visionary leader in postgraduate training at UBC, Dr. Butterworth has transformed the educational curricula, developed novel methods of evaluation, and introduced intensive training experiences into an educational environment that has attracted international attention throughout the surgical community. She currently plays a major role in developing and implementing Competency Based Medical Education (CBME), which emphasizes an outcomes-based approach and ensures that all trainees will acquire skills that enable lifelong learning. In this capacity, Dr. Butterworth serves all of UBC’s nearly 1400 residents who are distributed across the province.


Drs. Baylis and Butterworth will receive commemoration on a plaque at the Resident Doctors of BC office, a personal commemorative award, and a $1000 donation each to the charity/charities of their choice.

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author: Kejia Wang