Rural Recognition Awards Past Winners

DLRI recognizes the work and passion that our rural preceptors, residents, and health care professionals bring to their communities.

Pre·cep·tor: A teacher; an expert who gives practical experience and training to a student.

Early Educator Award

Description: 

Recognizing a UCalgary preceptor from any discipline who has demonstrated a commitment to and enthusiasm for medical education. 

Eligibility:

Must be in the first five years of teaching practice located in a community outside of Calgary.

Nominations welcome from:

Preceptor colleagues, learners, and/or administration

Last Year's Winner: 

Dr. Ziets Hendriks
An enthusiastic teacher, willing to take the time to facilitate learning, well-liked by his patients. “I am a more generous person and better medical student as a result of your teaching.”

Previous Winners include: Dr. Ava Butler, Dr. Garland Jonker and Dr. Dan Edgcumbe


Dr. Hal Irvine Community Focus Award

Description:

Dr. Hal Irvine — Dedicated to educating future generations of physicians, Hal inspired his students with his passion for rural medicine and his commitment to life-long learning to serve his patients and his community. Throughout his 35-year career in rural family medicine, Hal believed in the value of long-term relationships and cared deeply for his patients, his colleagues and his community. A compassionate and skilled physician who lead by example, Hal demonstrated that collegiality and a strong multidisciplinary team are essential to providing the best rural health care. It was always important to Hal to deliver the kind of service to his patients that he would like to receive. He often said, "Our patients don't care how much we know until they know how much we care."

Eligibility: Recognizing a preceptor who has demonstrated dedication, through service and personal commitment, to improving the quality of life in their community. Must be in practice for a minimum of five years.

Nominations welcome from: Community members and/or preceptor colleagues

Last Year's Winner:  Dr. Samuel Ogbeide

“Remarkable caring and compassionate teacher and physician, going out of his way making students feel not only like a valuable part of the team but also a valuable part of the community”.

Previous winners include: Dr. Jennifer Bestard, Dr. Ward Fanning, and Dr. Michelle Warren


Dr. Ian Bennett Meritorious Service Award

Description:

Dr. Ian Bennett

These were two of Dr. Ian Bennett’s signature expressions. Ian was a generous colleague, an interested teacher, a leader in continuing education for rural doctors, and a committed member of his community. He is remembered as knowledgeable and caring— though some might experience that caring as tough love. He believed that we should nurture and celebrate the good work of our colleagues, and then have faith that this good work would continue afterwards.

Eligibility:

Recognizing a UCalgary physician preceptor with a demonstrated education focus of over 10 years duration, or a single extraordinary demonstration of dedication to medical education.

Nominations welcome from:

Preceptor colleagues, administration, community members, and/or allied health care practitioners.

Last Year's Winner:  Dr. Alasdair Drummond 

“A skilled physician with a wealth of experience he readily shares with students, kindling their enthusiasm for family medicine.”

Previous winners include: Dr. Catherine Scrimshaw,  Dr. Wally Tollestrup, and Dr. George Gish


Inter-Professional Education Award

Description:

Teamwork and inter-professional collaboration is a crucial part of rural practice.

Eligibility:
Recognizing a professional in any discipline teaching UCalgary medical learners who has demonstrated educational effectiveness across professions/disciplines or who has promoted effective function of rural teams through inter-professional education.

Nominations welcome from:
Preceptor colleagues and/or allied health care practitioners. Learners (students and residents) may nominate with supporting letters from other professionals.

Last Year's Winner:  Dr. Brad Bahler

“Your drive, working tirelessly to develop a robust multidisciplinary “Patients Medical Home” a workhorse of primary care reform with a can do attitude, showing others what is possible.”

Previous winners include:  Ms. Erika Hunt


Dr. Spencer R. McLean Peer-To-Peer Teaching Award

Description:

Dr. Spencer R. McLean

Spencer McLean was a young orthopedic surgeon who lost his life to kidney cancer in June 2013. He was a highly regarded peer teacher whose communication style was based on a sincere respect for others and empathy for their circumstances. As a resident, he was known for his humanity and compassion, his mentorship of junior residents and medical students, and his tireless energy and wit.

Eligibility:
Recognizing a UCalgary resident in any discipline who has demonstrated educational efforts across disciplines and the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor? Must beat the PGY1 level or greater.

Nominations welcome from: 

Preceptor colleagues, learners (residents or students) and/or administration.

Last Year's Winner:  Dr. Shaye Lafferty

“A kind, positive and effective teacher creating a safe learning environment always open to answering questions.”

Previous winners include: Dr. Braden Teitge, Dr. Murtaza Amrali