As future medical education leaders and health practitioners, today’s residents have an important stake in tomorrow’s medical training and health care systems.
During the 2016 International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE), two resident leaders will be recognized, who exemplify leadership within Canadian specialty education and encourage the development of future leaders in medicine.
On behalf of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the ICRE planning committee, we are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2016 Kristin Sivertz Resident Leadership Award:
Dr. Marie Claire Bourque, Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada)
Dr. Marie Claire Bourque, MD is a PGY5 resident in psychiatry at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.
Raised in a small Acadian village in Nova Scotia, Dr. Bourque significantly draws from her Métis ancestry in her practice: This rich combined heritage informs her commitment to culturally competent medical education and psychiatry, and shapes her efforts at advocacy in the public health realm. She has recently co-authored a peer-reviewed article on the provision of cultural competency training in medical education, and has plans to work at the Elbow River Healing Lodge in Calgary, Alberta, following residency, to provide mental health services to people who identify as First Nations, Aboriginal or Métis.
During her residency training, she has held many leadership roles: She is a former chief resident; a Laughlin Fellow (awarded by the American College of Psychiatrists to 10 residents annually who are likely to make a significant contribution to the field of psychiatry); a Leadership Diversity Fellow (awarded annually by the American Psychiatric Association to 10 resident leaders interested in providing mental health care to underserviced populations); the former chair of the Coordinators of Psychiatry Education (through the Canadian Psychiatric Association); and the current chair of a working group on resident wellness.
In a poignant demonstration of her clinical leadership and resilience, Dr. Bourque turned a traumatic experience on call (in which she was a first-responder to a gruesome scene of a patient who had died by suicide), into a superb grand rounds presentation on the reactions of clinicians to patient suicide. This led to a meaningful discussion among faculty and trainees about the personal impact of losing patients to suicide, and inspired a working group to improve the departmental response to clinicians when they experience patient suicide.
A talented teacher, Dr. Bourque won the Resident Teacher of the Year award three years in a row for 2013, 2014, and 2015. This award is voted on by medical students who rotate through psychiatry during their clerkship.
Beyond her many academic leadership roles, Dr. Bourque is also socially engaged and inclusive; encouraging work-life balance for all residents, by planning numerous social outings and interactions regularly. She consistently advocates on behalf of patients and educates those respectfully and non-confrontationally who may have not treated patients with mutual respect.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Bourque on this well-deserved honour.
Dr. Natasha Snelgrove, McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada)
Dr. Natasha Snelgrove, MD is a PGY5 resident in psychiatry at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and President of the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO).
Through her work with PARO, she has held several leadership roles, including General Council Representative (since 2012), Board of Directors Member at Large (2013-2014) and Vice-President (2014-2015). Her knowledge of the Collective Agreement between PARO and the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO), and her strong working relationships with relevant stakeholders allows Dr. Snelgrove to help residents, hospitals and universities create conditions where learners can thrive; creating optimal learning and ultimately enhanced patient care.
Dr. Snelgrove’s leadership in postgraduate education, however, has extended far beyond her roles at PARO. At a provincial level, she has represented residents on the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine (COFM) Postgraduate Education Committee, where she has advocated for pro-rated postgraduate education registration fees; ensuring safe and confidential reporting of blood born virus status to the CPSO; resident emergency preparedness policies; Medical Council of Canada capacity concerns; and the roll-out of Competence by Design. She has served as Chair of the Ontario Medical Association Section of Residents for the past two years; is an active participant in the Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate (FMECPG) Project; has acted as the Training Committee Co-Chair of Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC); and has sat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). In all of these roles, she has advocated for resident training, equity and innovation.
Dr. Snelgrove has a keen interest in student wellness and mental health, with her future practice focused in this area. Through her clinical work, and her work on the RDoC resiliency curriculum she has developed a keen understanding that early intervention for a trainee in distress – whether it be a student or resident – may allow that individual to not only survive, but thrive in their training environment.
In all of her roles, Dr. Snelgrove routinely takes the time to mentor her colleagues. Her inclusive style of leadership empowers those around her to champion the issues they are passionate about and that will improve training and working conditions for all trainees.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Snelgrove on this wonderful honour.
Want to learn more about our 2016 award winners?
To read about Jordan Bohnen, winner of the 2016 International Resident Leadership Award and Jamiu Busari, winner of the 2016 International Residency Educator of the Year Award, click here.
To read about Moyez Ladhani, winner of the 2016 Program Director of the Year Award, click here.
All of our 2016 winners will officially receive their awards during ICRE’s International Residency Education Awards Dinner on Saturday, October 1 (start time: 19:00), in Niagara Falls.
The International Residency Education Awards Dinner is a valuable opportunity to connect with leading innovators from all over the world, in an informal and exciting environment.
Don’t miss the opportunity to put this special event on your ICRE itinerary! Tickets are now on sale, with special discounted rates available for residents.