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Honorary Fellowship

About Honorary Fellowship

The Royal College Council may bestow Honorary Fellowship on exceptional physicians, surgeons and lay persons who are not eligible for Fellowship. These individuals have demonstrated outstanding performance in a particular vocation or a specific area of professional activity directly or indirectly related to the field of medicine. Honorary Fellows may use the designation FRCPSC (Hon).

Nominations for Honorary Fellowships can be submitted by any Fellow of the Royal College, as well as by Council members, specialty committees, specialty societies, senior academics and others. The call for nominations is issued in the fall, with Honorary Fellows selected by Council at its February meeting.

Up to four Honorary Fellows can be appointed per year by the Royal College Council. There is a long-standing tradition of offering Honorary Fellowship to the governor general of Canada, the patron of the Royal College, at the commencement of the term of office.

Honorary Fellows typically receive their Fellowship diploma at Convocation, at a meeting of Council or at another appropriate Royal College event.

Call for nomination closed — will reopen October 2020.

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2019 Honorary Fellow
Maureen Topps

Meet our 2018 Honorary Fellows

Sister Monique Bourget

Sister Monique Bourget

Medical Director, Santa Marcelina Hospital, Itaquera and Itaim Paulista

“Sister Monique’s commitment to service, to her calling, and to healthcare in its broadest sense have led her to have a huge impact on both the Brazilian healthcare system and directly on the lives of thousands of patients. She is the ultimate physician role model to students and faculty alike.” — Nominator quote

Sister Monique Bourget is a member of the religious order of the Sisters of Saint Marcelina, native of Montreal, and McGill Medical School graduate. She has had an extraordinary impact on the health of millions in eastern São Paulo, Brazil. Trained in family medicine, and becoming a nun concurrent with her medical school training, Sister Monique from an early age, has combined religious convictions with the study of medicine and provision of health care.

In November 1994, at the request of her order, she immigrated to Brazil. What was at the time a small community hospital located in Itaquera, outside São Paulo, the Santa Marcelina Hospital grew under her leadership to become a tertiary care hospital serving 2 million people, and includes a newly inaugurated medical school. Focused initially on improving the quality of obstetrics care, she built on skills in public health, and was instrumental in establishing Family Medicine as a specialty in Brazil.

When Sister Monique arrived in Brazil, this country of over 160 million people had no functional primary care model. She and another Canadian family physician were the first recognized family physicians in Brazil. Her dedication to growing family medicine in Brazil has led to the expansion of community clinics and inter-professional primary care teams in one of the poorest and most densely populated regions of São Paulo. These teams have been replicated in many areas of Brazil and provide service to a significant percentage of the entire Brazilian population and revolutionizing primary health care in that country.

In 2005, Sister Monique assumed the leadership of the University hospital and was among the founders of a new medical school with its first graduates expected in 2018. Sister Monique is a professor of the Spiritual and End of Life Care discipline, part of the medical program she herself played a key role in developing.

Brigadier-General A.M.T. Downes, MD

Brigadier-General A.M.T. Downes, MD

Surgeon General and Commander of Canadian Forces Health Services Group

BGen Downes joined the Canadian Forces in 1989 as a medical student at the University of Manitoba. After completing a residency in Family Medicine in 1994, he was posted to Petawawa where he served two years with the Royal Canadian Dragoons, followed by a year posting with 2 Field Ambulance. He was then posted to Winnipeg, as a flight surgeon and diving medical officer, and in 1999, he was promoted to become the 17 Wing Surgeon.

In 2001, he moved across the base to 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters, where he served 3 years as the Aerospace Medical Programs Flight Surgeon. In 2004, he was posted to San Antonio, Texas to undertake a two year Residency in Aerospace Medicine at the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. This included a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas. On completion of the program, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and he assumed the role of LFCA/JTFC Surgeon, in Toronto.

In 2009, he moved to Ottawa where he served for a year as the CEFCOM/Canada COM/CANOSCOM Surgeon. In 2010, he was posted to the Canadian Forces Language School at Centre Asticou for second language training, which he completed in 2011. On January 1, 2012, he was promoted to Colonel and assumed the role of RCAF Surgeon. In 2014 he was briefly the Director of Force Health Protection and then appointed as Director of Mental Health in September 2014.

BGen Downes has deployed on 4 international operations: OP CAVALIER (Bosnia-Herzegovina) in 1994/95; OP MIRADOR (Italy) in 1997 with 416 Squadron in support of operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina; OP PALLADIUM (again in Bosnia-Herzegovina) in 2002/03 as the Task Force Surgeon; and finally OP ATHENA (Afghanistan) in 2008/09 as the Task Force Surgeon, Commanding Officer of the Heath Services Unit, and Commander of the NATO Multinational Role 3 Hospital at Kandahar Airfield.

BGen Downes assumed the role as Surgeon General and Commander of Canadian Forces Health Services Group on July 5, 2017.

Eric S. Holmboe, MD

Eric S. Holmboe, MD

Senior Vice President, Milestone Development and Evaluation, Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

“Dr. Holmboe is a transformative force in residency education. His extensive career is dedicated to improving medical education to meet 21st century health care needs.” — Nominator quote

Dr. Holmboe graduated from University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1985 and completed his residency in Internal Medicine from Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1992. He has held a long-standing interest in this area of education, and combined with his lifetime dedication to educational scholarship, he is now considered a world-authority on residency training. With more than 200 peer-reviewed publications bearing his name, Dr. Holmboe is an exemplary scholar, educator and researcher whose contributions have been nothing short of transformative for medical education in residency training and Continuing Professional Development.

Dr. Holmboe has given generously of his time to numerous Royal College initiatives. He has been a critical contributor to the Royal College’s Competence by Design initiative, through his role with the CanMEDS 2015 review, as a participant in the ICBME collaborative, and as a frequent speaker and tireless planning committee contributor for the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE). Dr. Holmboe was a keynote speaker at the inaugural invitational Summit on Competency-based CPD in April 2015 and a co-author of the Royal College white paper exploring the role of assessment in competency-based CPD. More recently, Dr. Holmboe graciously lent his time and expertise to lead Royal College Examination Chairs through exercises to think about aligning Examinations to the most relevant clinical care practices.

As a trained internist, Dr. Holmboe’s past roles have included Senior Vice President for Quality Research & Academic Affairs on the American Board or Internal Medicine. More recently, his career has led him to the role of Senior Vice President of Milestones Development & Evaluation for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. In this capacity, Dr. Holmboe is leading a transformative and ambitious project which will fundamentally alter the way residency education is being delivered in the United States.

Andrew Pipe, MD

Andrew Pipe, MD

Chief, Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation, University of Ottawa (Retired in 2017)

“Dr. Pipe has been instrumental over the years in convincing policymakers to protect people from second-hand smoke, and his effect on reducing tobacco-related illness and deaths in Canada has helped people who have never met Dr Pipe, but who owe him much.” — Nominator quote

Dr. Andrew Pipe has dedicated his life’s work to smoking cessation, tobacco control, drug-free sports, and physical activity. Through his incredible work, he has improved the lives and health outcomes of countless Canadians and influenced health policy globally.

In the early 1980s, Dr. Pipe presented himself as an intervener in a legal battle to keep tobacco advertising out of sport. It was the beginning of a lifelong dedication to the prevention of disease by elimination of tobacco products and treatment of tobacco addiction. Dr. Pipe is a policy leader and health advocate par excellence, working tirelessly to educate policy makers and the public about the urgency of eliminating tobacco use. He was a founder of Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, and its chair from 1983 through 1987.

In addition to his outstanding leadership in the tobacco control movement, he has also been prominent in promoting action on the social determinants of health, chairing the Determinants of Health Committee of the Ontario Premier's Council on Health, Wellbeing and Social Justice from 1991 through 1995. Dr. Pipe is recognized in the national and international arenas as an expert in the control of drug use in sport. He was the inaugural chairperson of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. Internationally, he has participated on a number of medical committees focused on ensuring drug free sport. Most recently, Dr. Pipe was appointed to the Athletics Integrity Unit Board of the International Association of Athletics.

Ignacio Sanchez, MD

Ignacio Sanchez, MD

Rector, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUCC)

“For the past ten years, Dr. Sanchez has made vital decisions to enable progressive system changes, and demonstrated the commitment to support a long-term collaboration to facilitate the adoption of the Royal College model of postgraduate medical education at the PUCC.” — Nominator quote

Dr. Sanchez graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica de chile (PUCC) in 1985 and completed residency in Pediatrics in 1989. Having completed a fellowship at the University of Manitoba and Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg in Pediatric Respirology, Dr. Sanchez has built on his understanding of the Canadian post-graduate medical education system to influence clinical and academic practice throughout Latin America. His ties to Canada remain strong, having published 24 papers in collaboration with Canadian researchers in international, peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Sanchez career has been punctuated by positions of progressive academic leadership and responsibility, advancing from Section Head to Department Head, to Dean of Medicine and finally, Rector of PUCC, a prestigious institution consistently ranked among the top three universities in Latin America.

The PUCC – Royal College collaboration has been very productive, leading to activities that extend the organizations’ reach and influence across the region, such as the now biannual Latin American Conference in Residency Education (LACRE) which first took place in Santiago in 2013, co-sponsored by the Royal College and modelled after ICRE.

Honorary Fellows

Dr. George Alberti, FRCPC (Hon)
Prof. Luis Ibañez Anrique, FRCPSC (Hon)
Mme Louise Arbour, FRCPSC 
Dr. Lorne A. Babiuk, FRCPSC
Prof. Carol M. Black, FRCPC (Hon) 
Dr. Michael Bliss, FRCPSC 
Dr. Alain Beaudet, FRCPSC (Hon)
Dr. Philip B. Berger, FRCPC (Hon)
Brigadier-General J. Jean-Robert S. Bernier, FRCPC (Hon) 
Sister Monique Bourget, FRCPSC (Hon)
Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry, FRCPSC (Hon)
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, FRCPSC 
Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Ret), FRCPSC
Dr. David A. Davis, FRCPC (Hon) 
Soeur Elizabeth Davis, FRCPSC
Dr. Thomas A. Dignan, FRCPSC (Hon)
Dr. Alexander Dougall, FRCPC (Hon) 
Brigadier-General A.M.T. Downes, FRCPSC (Hon)
Dr. A Brent Eastman, FRCPSC (Hon)
Prof. Muhammad Sultan Farooqui, FRCPC (Hon) 
Dr. Bernard Fisher, FRCSC (Hon) 
Dr. Olivier James Garden, FRCPSC 
Dr. Paul Grand’Maison, FRCPSC (Hon)
Dr. John Hamm, FRCPC (Hon)
Dr. Eric S. Holmboe, FRCPSC (Hon)
Dr. Mary M. Horowitz, FRCPC (Hon)

Dr. Barry Trevor Jackson, FRCSC (Hon)
Dr. Ian Thomas Jackson, FRCSC (Hon)
The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, FRCPSC
His Excellency the Right Honourable David L. Johnston, FRCPSC
Dr. Lucian L. Leape, FRCSC (Hon) 
Mr. Stephen Lewis, FRCPSC
Dr. Jocelyn Lockyer, FRCPSC (Hon) Dr. Yucun Liu, FRCPSC (Hon)
Dr. Ann Macaulay, FRCPC (Hon)
Brigadier-General H.C. MacKay, FRCPSC (Hon)
Dr. Ernest Mastromatteo, FRCPC (Hon)
Dr. Lizo Ebden Mazwai, FRCSC (Hon)
Dr. Bernard Morrey, FRCSC (Hon)
Sir Peter Morris, FRCSC (Hon) 
Dr. Louise Nasmith, FRCPC (Hon) 
Ms. Eva Olsson, FRCPSC
Dr. Andrew Pipe, FRCPSC (Hon)
Dr. Raymond Victor Rajotte, FRCPSC 
Dr. Ignacio Sanchez, FRCPSC (Hon)
Dr. Bernard Shapiro, FRCPSC 
Dr. Louis Siminovitch, FRCPSC
Dr. John Allan Raymond Smith, FRCSC (Hon) 
Dr. Barrie I. Strafford, FRCPSC
Dr. Professor Geoffrey Ian Taylor, FRCSC (Hon)
Dr. Mark A. Wainberg, FRCPSC 
Dr. Ronald G. Worton, FRCPSC 
Dr. Joseph B. MacInnis FRCPC (Hon)

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