2015-2016 RDoC Award Recipients Announced

Five Canadians recognized for their contributions to improving the lives of resident doctors in Canada

Two resident doctors, a family physician, a specialist in internal medicine and respirology, and a program administrator are being honoured for their contributions to improving the lives of resident doctors in Canada. The awards are granted annually by Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC), a not-for-profit organization that represents over 9,000 resident doctors across Canada.

Irving Gold, Executive Director at RDoC, said: “The recipients of the RDoC Awards have demonstrated a commitment to resident wellness and education. As the organization that gives a voice to resident doctors in Canada, RDoC is proud to be able to take a leadership role in recognizing these important contributions.”

Dr. Tom McLaughlin, President at RDoC, added: “The wellness of Canada’s Resident Doctors is critical to every Canadian, as residents are an integral part of the frontline of patient-centered healthcare, serving as teachers, trainees, and clinicians. By providing support and service to our resident doctors, these award recipients are also contributing to the wellness of our national healthcare system and of all Canadians.”

The awards will be presented on Sunday, April 17 2016 in Montreal, in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical Education.

RDoC Puddester Award for Resident Wellness Recipients

The RDoC Puddester Award for Resident Wellness recognizes individuals who work to improve the wellness of residents across Canada. This year’s award recognizes two individuals.

Dr. Laura Swaney, a resident pediatrician at Dalhousie University, is also the Chair of Wellbeing for Maritime Resident Doctors, responsible for the many wellness initiatives that are carried out there, including the initiation of the MarDoc Employee and Family Assistance Program that is available to residents and their families. She is a scholar on the issue of resident burnout, and has contributed her knowledge to RDoC’s Resiliency Curriculum Project.

Dr. Susan Edwards, a family physician and Director of Resident Wellness at the University of Toronto, is a national leader in the field of physician wellness, playing an active role in a number of key local and national initiatives focused on the health and wellness of residents and physicians.

RDoC Mikhael Award for Medical Education Recipients

The RDoC Mikhael Award for Medical Education honours individuals who have contributed to improving undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in Canada. This year’s award recognizes two individuals.

Dr. Nada Gawad, a resident in general surgery at the University of Ottawa, has served on the General Surgery Residency Program Training Committee at the University of Ottawa. She is commended by her supervisors for being a devoted mentor and excellent role model for her junior colleagues.

Dr. Sharon Peters is an internist and respirologist who has dedicated more than 20 years of her career to bringing innovation to the undergraduate and postgraduate programs of medical education at Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine.

RDoC Ross Award for Service to Resident Doctors Recipient

The RDoC Ross Award for Service to Resident Doctors recognizes individuals who have contributed to the enrichment of resident life in Canada. This year’s recipient is Ms. Marilyn Blake, the Program Administrator for the Anesthesia and Pain Management program at the University of Alberta. For 21 years in this role, Ms. Blake has played an integral role in the organization of numerous program events. Retiring this year, she is recognized as the heart and soul of the program, and her knowledge of the program has been essential to the success of its program directors and to residents.

About Resident Doctors of Canada

Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) represents over 9,000 resident doctors across Canada. Established in 1972, we are a not-for-profit organization providing a unified, national voice for our membership. RDoC collaborates with other national health organizations to foster excellence in training, wellness, and patient care.

For further information:

Todd Coopee
Manager, Communications
1.613.234.6448 ext. 202
tcoopee@residentdoctors.ca