Regional Mentor of the Year Award — Recipients
Why mentor? Award-winning physicians share their answers
Dr. Aleem Bharwani, MPP, FRCPC
Winner of the 2016 Mentor of the Year for Royal College Region 1
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alta.
Director, Public Policy and Strategic Partnerships, Cumming School of Medicine and O'Brien Institute for Public Health, University of Calgary
“In any relationship, there will be gradients of knowledge, capacity and ability. Unlocking gradients not only educates, but also creates deeper public value. These gradients, after all, are often steepest between those most different from one another; mentoring catalyses a nuanced understanding of the 'other.' This includes non-medical matters like ideology, age, socioeconomics, culture... Mentoring is the grand equalizer, the grand connector — a dynamic force of pluralism.” (biography)
Dr. Margaret Burnett, CCFP, FRCSC, FACOG
Winner of the 2016 Mentor of the Year for Royal College Region 2
Professor, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Man.
Associate Head, Academic, and Residency Program Director, Dept. of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Manitoba
“Mentoring relationships make the whole greater than the sum of its parts. I have mentored more than 200 learners and can safely say that I have learned something from each and every one of them. Residents have a way of reminding me of why I like my job. I am a much better physician as a result.” — Dr. Margaret Burnett (biography)
Dr. Michael G. Fehlings, PhD, FRCSC, FACS
Winner of the 2016 Mentor of the Year for Royal College Region 3
Vice Chair Research, Surgery, Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.
“To me, mentorship involves being a role model at a personal and professional level; being accessible to trainees and junior colleagues for advice and input; sharing my enthusiasm for research, education and patient care,; and taking a deep interest in my mentees as people and professional colleagues. I love watching students evolve as people and professionals, and experience joy and personal satisfaction in enabling this process.” — Dr. Michael G. Fehlings (biography)
Dre Christiane Bertelli, FRCPC
Winner of the 2016 Mentor of the Year for Royal College Region 4
Psychiatrist, Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal
Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program, Université de Montréal
“As students meet several role models, they can progressively develop their own style. Still today, I gratefully use some of my mentors’ guidance. Thanks to them, I could push myself a little further. That is what I try to offer my students and young colleagues.” — Dr. Christiane Bertelli, FRCPC (biography)