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Tribute to the winners of the 2022 CMA Awards

OTTAWA (ON), April 21, 2022 /CNW/ – Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance. Launch of innovative solutions for physician burnout. Defend the health of refugees.

These are just a few examples of how recipients of the 2022 Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Awards are making an impact — at home and abroad — despite more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These 12 extraordinary recipients are true role models — through their clinical work, research, mentorship and advocacy, they are making exceptional contributions,” said CMA President Dr. Clever Catherine. “Not only are they helping to transform healthcare today, they are also shaping future generations of physicians.”

Learn more about the remarkable winners of the 2022 CMA Awards below.

dr. John Conly
FNG Starr Lifetime Achievement Award

dr. John Conly’s work has improved human health globally. Infectious disease specialist and professor at University of Calgary, Dr. Conly has worked for decades on antimicrobial resistance, infection prevention and healthcare innovation; his contributions have significantly influenced medical practice, research and policy. In 2002, he founded the research and experimentation site Ward of the 21st Century. Most recently, he chaired the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Guidance Development Group. Dr. Conly is described by his colleagues as humble, creative and a dedicated humanitarian. For his vision and collaborative leadership, he is this year’s recipient of the CMA’s highest honor.

dr. Jeanne Lemaire
Dr Leo-Paul Landry Medal Services

dr. Jeanne Lemaire is a strong advocate for the recognition of physician well-being as an indicator of quality in the health care system. Currently Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at University of Calgaryshe helped lead the charge to better support physicians, create much-needed resources, and ensure high-quality patient care in alberta. Among her many accomplishments, she is co-founder and physician lead of Well Doc Alberta, a province-wide physician wellness initiative focused on education and prevention.

dr. Meb Rachid
CMA Award for Policy Advocacy

Please note that To reflect our commitment to reconciliation and the need to acknowledge the colonial harm done to Indigenous peoples, the CMA has renamed the Sir Charles Tupper Policy Advocacy Award at the CMA Policy Advocacy Award.

A champion of refugee health in Canadadr. Meb Rachid helped fight systemic discrimination and racism in health care. He is the founder and medical director of the Crossroads Clinic at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. He co-founded Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, which helps refugees access health insurance. His political advocacy includes successfully fighting federal cuts to refugee health coverage, which began in 2012 and were overturned by the Federal Court in 2014. Dr. Rashid also actively encourages the next generation of refugee health advocates. refugees across the country.

dr. Cornelia Wiemann
May Cohen Awards for Women Mentors

The definition of a leading physician, Dr. Nel Wieman not only holds the distinction of being the first Aboriginal woman to become a psychiatrist in Canada, but over decades of clinical and advocacy work, she has also mentored countless Indigenous women, physicians, and medical learners. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC), Dr. Wieman places a priority on training future physicians as well as building bridges with local organizations.

Dr Boluwaji Ogunyemi
CMA Young Leaders Award (Early Career)

Deeply committed to health equity, Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi supports Black, Indigenous, and Color (BIPOC) patients in his dermatology practice. He is also in the process of setting up a specialized dermatology clinic for this underserved patient population. Beyond his clinical work, Dr. Ogunyemi advocates for inclusion in medicine through peer-reviewed publications, public speaking, and freelance writing for outlets such as the New York Times. He is known among his peers and colleagues in Memorial University of Newfoundland as a physician leader, educator and active community volunteer.

dr. Shannon Ruzycki
CMA Young Leaders Award (Early Career)

Recognized for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the medical workplace, Dr. Shannon Ruzycki drives tangible change locally as a general internist in the University of Calgary, provincially with Alberta Health Services and nationally with the Canadian Resident Matching Service. His work led to the creation of a provincial peer support network for physicians experiencing harassment or discrimination. As a champion of EDI principles, she advocates for structural changes in medicine and the integration of EDI literacy into medical education.

dr. Shane Arsenault
CMA Young Leaders Award (Resident)

Neurology resident at Memorial University of Newfoundlanddr. Shane Arsenault is known as the voice of its peers. His work as a representative of the Professional Association of Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador (PARNL) contributed to the strategic planning of the Faculty of Medicine. He has also worked as the PARNL representative of resident physicians at Canada (MRC) and served as a liaison member between MRC and the Specialties Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

dr. Amit Persad
CMA Young Leaders Award (Resident)

dr. Amit Persad is a strength for medical residents Saskatchewan. The neurosurgery resident has set up virtual rounds at the The University of Saskatchewan to help medical students learn during the COVID-19 pandemic. As chief negotiator for medical residents of Saskatchewan (RDoS), he helped to conclude a collective agreement with the Ministry of Health and the university. He was President of RDoS in 2020-2021 and recently led a working group on professionalism.

Armaghan (Army) Alam
CMA Young Leaders Award (Student)

Army Alam’s mental health advocacy is national in scope. the University of British Columbia medical student co-founded the Canadian Peer Support Network, which provides peer support initiatives and training to organizations across Canada, and is an advisor for the Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund, which funds mental health initiatives for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. He is also the youngest board member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Angela Huynh
CMA Young Leaders Award (Student)

Angela Huynh research is already making a difference. While working on her medical degree at Western Universityshe has made important contributions to both the Ontario and Canadian guidelines for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. She has been the first author of numerous publications related to COVID-19. Additionally, she joined her supervisor’s lab when the pandemic hit to help transition from coagulation and thrombosis research to a focus on COVID-19.

dr. Stephanie Smith
Dr. Brian Brodie Organizational Leadership Development Award (Resident)

After noticing the increase in burnout and depression among medical students, Dr. Stephanie Smith has developed a program called STRIVE – Simulated Training for Resilience in Diverse Environments. A medical officer at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick, she developed the program based on her experience deployed as a critical care nurse in the Canadian Armed Forces. She is now expanding STRIVE across Canada.

Mehul Gupta
Dr. Brian Brodie Organizational Leadership Development Award (Student)

Mehul Gupta does not wait for his doctor to take effect. In 2017, he founded Youreka Canada, a national nonprofit that empowers young innovators, thought leaders and active citizens through educational opportunities and mentorship. He has also worked closely with Kids Help Phone and on campaigns to increase awareness of mental health resources for young Canadians. Mr. Gupta is currently studying medicine at the University of Calgary.

SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

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Rodney N.

The author Rodney N.