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    The 2016 Rural Award Winners are....

    Congratulations to the 2016 DLRI Rural Award winners... over twenty nominations were received from students, residents, colleagues and mayors of rural communities this year.  What a stunning tribute to you for recognition of expertise and care.  Our winners will receive their awards at Cabin Fever 2017 for some and in their own communities for others.

    Dr. Ian Bennett Meritorious Service Award - Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw Pincher Creek

    "Dr. Scrimshaw has worked in Pincher Creek since 1992 and has had a tremendous impact on the local community as well as a larger medical community within the province of Alberta and beyond. It is my belief that due to no small amount of effort, Dr. Schrimshaw and her colleagues in our community brought forth an example, created and sustained here, that was the key to convincing provincial decision makers that the multi-disciplinary health teams, in the form of the modern PCN, was a worthwhile and cost effective model to follow in other communities".

    Interprofessional Educator Award - Larissa Lewis, Respiratory Therapist (Pincher Creek)

    "Larissa is a Respiratory Therapist who has been very committed and involved with multi-disciplinary health and education in our community.  She has participated actively and been an asset in sustaining our weekly simulation program. I have worked in 30 different rural communities in my training and early practice career and I can confidently say I have yet to meet an Allied Health Professional who is as committed to Interprofessional education as Larissa". 

    Dr. Hal Irvine Community Focus Award - Dr. Jennifer Bestard (Neurologist, Red Deer)

    "Dr. Bestard has been the backbone of our Community Neurology Elective for many years.  She does the majority of the teaching and preceptorships both in Red Deer Regional Hospital as well as in her out-patient clinics and office. Residents have high praise for her clinical acumen, professionalism her relationships with her patients and her contributions to improving neurological care in central Alberta. As part of a province-wide initiative, Red Deer has been able to decrease their door-to-needle time to an astonishing average of 26 minutes (the goal was less than 30 minutes)".

    Early Educator Award - Dr. Ava Butler, (FM Rocky Mountain House)

    "I first met Dr. Butler in a new UCLIC teaching site in 2008. Despite the as yet unproven nature of the program and attending a site that was new to the program, she overcame significant stressors and made a great contribution to the development of that site and its preceptors as one of their first students in this program.  Here is an unsolicited email from one of her students:  There were a number of clerkship challenges that were difficult to discuss with my UCLIC preceptor that were made easier to bear with her support. She's a credit to the program and to U of C medicine and the type of caring, genuine physician that I hope to someday be."

    Dr. Spencer R. McLean Peer-to-Peer Teaching Award - Dr. Braden Teitge (Rural Resident Medicine Hat)

    "The week before I had an exam he offered to have a discussion on the topic, shared his understanding of important things to know and then quizzed me on things that were relevant. Braden is a good role model, a keen resident and a patient, knowledgeable teacher. Spencer McLean was a friend of time.  I think Braden exemplifies many of the things that Spencer valued - kindness, patience, compassion and willingness to help others".

  • Rural Medicine In The News

    Sundre doc shines!

    It is said that those who find a profession they truly love will never work a day in their lives. 

    Sundre doctor Michelle Warren, who was recently named the 2015 recipient of the Dr. Hal Irvine Community Focus Award, is so passionate about her line of work that she would not likely trade it for anything in the world.

    Even when she’s exhausted at the end of a long day, Warren said she feels a rewarding sense of satisfaction that makes it all worthwhile.  Read the full article here.

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