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Awesome docs: The Medical Post Awards celebrate Canada’s physicians

Six awards selected by peers handed out.
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The inaugural Medical Post Awards were celebrated Nov. 10, as winners, runners-up, finalists and other guests gathered together in Toronto’s Distillery District.

The evening featured award presentations, a Q&A with CMA president (and award-winner) Dr. Katharine Smart, and a mixing and mingling of guests.

The awards (except for the top blogger award) were adjudicated by panels of physician judges, some of whom were also in attendance. Winners, runners-up and finalists were informed before the event.

“There is such tremendous work happening in Canada among physicians, and after coming through more than two years of the pandemic, the time is right to stop and celebrate these accomplishments,” said Medical Post Editor-in-Chief Colin Leslie. “Again and again, our judges commented on the level of achievement of the entrants. So much of this great work is being done behind the scenes or is unknown. It’s wonderful to be able to shine a light on the innovations, tireless work and accomplishments of Canada’s physicians.”

Below are the winners, runners-up and finalists for the 2022 Medical Post Awards.

Media Engagement Award – Changemaker  Honours a Canadian doctor who is leading change in healthcare through media and social media communications and has the backing of a large organization.

Media Engagement Award – Trailblazer  Honours a Canadian doctor who is leading change in healthcare through media and social media communications as an individual doctor at the grassroots level.

  • Winner: Dr. Samir Gupta
  • Runners-Up: Dr. Swapnil Hiremath & Dr. Samir Sinha
  • Finalists: Dr. Peter Lin, Dr. René Wittmer

Media Engagement Learner Award Honours a med student or resident who is leading change in healthcare through media and social media communications.  

Making a Difference Award Honours a physician in recognition of their work for marginalized communities.  

  • Winner: Dr. Johanne Morel
  • Runners-Up: Dr. Sumantra Monty Ghosh & Dr. Kari Sampsel
  • Finalists: Dr. Anju Anand, Dr. Oyedeji Ayonrinde, Dr. Sheri Bergeron, Dr. Mikhail Epelbaum, Dr. K. Sonu Gaind, Dr. Marie-Ève Goyer, Dr. Rabiya Jalil

Innovative Practice Award Honours a physician whose practice has found new ways to improve patient care.

  • Winner: Dr. Ali Zentner
  • Runners-Up: Dr. Sam Lee & Dr. Alan Russell
  • Finalists: Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia, Dr. Rithesh Ram, Dr. Karim Vellani

Interprofessional Team Award Goes to the team (must include at least once physician) with different health professionals working effectively to advance patient care.

  • Winner: C4 Command Centre (CIUSSS West-Central Montreal)
  • Runners-Up: Focused COVID Communications & Hospice of Windsor & Essex County Palliative Medicine Program
  • Finalists: Hemophilia Treatment Centre Pilot Project, Inclusive Communities Canada I-CCAN, Kawartha Centre – Redefining Healthy Aging, St. Joseph’s Health Sciences Centre, Unity Health, COVID at Home Project, UHN Emergency Department Sickle Cell Working Group

Top Blogger Award  For the Medical Post blogger who got the most physician-confirmed clicks this year. (the only award not determined by judging panel)


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