Dear Colleagues,

Every January, I have the pleasure of sharing with you the recipients of the Royal College’s National Awards and Grants program, which distributes $1 million annually under two categories. Our awards focus on the personal achievements of specialist physicians, emphasizing the core qualities of a Fellow of the Royal College. They also support visiting professorships, which help to shape and improve specialist practice in Canada by fostering scientific dialogue and broadening knowledge. Our grants further recipients’ work in medical education research and continuing professional development, as well as research into issues that address the needs of Canadian society.

It is my hope that our awards and grants program, in addition to recognizing the exceptional work of our colleagues, also inspires Fellows — indeed all physicians in Canada. In that spirit, I am proud to present the physicians we have recognized this year with a national award. Brief descriptions of their work are below. You will also find a link to information on our 2014 fellowship and grant recipients, at the bottom of this message.

Duncan Graham Award (for recognition of outstanding contribution to medical education)

This award goes to Dr. Ivan Silver, FRCPC, vice-president of Education at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ont., and a professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. We recognize Dr. Silver for his exceptional work helping physicians engage in true lifelong learning, particularly in the areas of continuing medical education and faculty development. As one colleague describes him, “Above all, Dr. Silver is passionate about learning.” Dr. Silver was the founding director of the internationally-renowned Centre for Faculty Development at the University of Toronto. In 2009, he was awarded the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada Award for Outstanding Contribution to Faculty Development in Canada. In 2011, he was selected as the inaugural vice-president of Education at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and tasked with “revolutionizing” mental health and addiction education. The Royal College is not the first to honour Dr. Silver with an award and I doubt we will be the last.

James H. Graham Award (for outstanding achievements that reflect the aims and objectives of the Royal College)

Dr. David Mulder, CM, FRCSC, has received many honours over his career, including the Order of Canada for, among other things, his contributions in the field of surgery. Indeed, Dr. Mulder is widely recognized across Canada as a surgeon, scholar and leader in health care. He is perhaps best known as the Chief Surgeon of the Montreal Canadians hockey club, where he was instrumental in advancing awareness in the early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of head injuries. Dr. Mulder also served as the first H. Rocke Robertson Chair in Surgery at McGill University and held academic appointments as chair of Cardiac Surgery and chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at McGill and McGill University teaching hospitals.

Royal College Medal Award in Medicine (for original work by clinical investigators)

Dr. Sheldon Singh, FRCPC, is a cardiologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ont., and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. He is a highly sought-after speaker and presenter on heart health, as well as the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions. His research examines safe, effective and economical new strategies to reduce strokes for patients with the most commonly encountered form of arrhythmia — whose prevalence is rising as Canada’s population is aging.

Royal College AMS Donald Richards Wilson Award (for excellence in integrating the CanMEDS roles into a Royal College training program)

Dr. Glenn Posner, FRCSC, is a dedicated and passionate teacher at the University of Ottawa, where he serves as the director of postgraduate medical education in Obstetrics and Gynecology and as medical director of the Simulation Patient Safety Program. Dr. Posner has been instrumental in evolving the Royal College’s CanMEDS education framework. He also had the idea to appoint “CanMEDS Champions”—attending physicians who exemplify each of the CanMEDS Roles. The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Posner is a leader in the use of high-fidelity simulation to teach skills such as communication, collaboration and leadership. He has helped advance postgraduate medical education in Obstetrics and Gynecology across Canada.

Please join me in celebrating the work of these exemplary specialist physicians and feel free to use the comment section below to share your personal congratulations.

For a complete list of all 2014 award, grant and fellowship recipients, visit the Royal College website.

Best wishes and warm regards,

Andrew Padmos, BA, MD, FRCPC, FACP
Chief Executive Officer