Alberta Medical Association

Alberta Medical Association

November 01, 2007 10:00 ET

Two Alberta Medical Students Receive Tarrant Scholarship to Support University Tuition for One Year

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2007) - Alberta Medical Association's (AMA) Section of Rural Medicine will award the annual Tarrant Scholarship to two third-year Alberta medical students, at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, November 1 at the Deane House (806 - 9 Ave SE) in Calgary.

This year one student from each of the University of Alberta (U of A) and the University of Calgary (U of C) will receive the scholarship. "We had several excellent candidates for this year's awards, and we are encouraging them to pursue a career in rural family practice," states Dr. Allan S. Garbutt, President, AMA Section of Rural Medicine.

Named in honor of the late Dr. Michael Tarrant, a Calgary family physician who championed rural medical undergraduate education, the Tarrant Scholarship is Alberta's largest unrestricted medical school undergraduate award. The scholarship provides a full year's tuition to a selected third-year medical student at the U of A and U of C who seek careers in rural medicine in Alberta. Award recipients must demonstrate their interest in rural medicine in their undergraduate work.

The 2007 Tarrant Scholarship recipients are:

- University of Alberta: Brian J. Doran

- University of Calgary: J. Evan Roll

AMA's President-Elect Dr. Noel W. Grisdale, a rural physician practising in Black Diamond, commends the Section of Rural Medicine for supporting medical students who have the drive - and the interest - to practise rural medicine. Dr. Grisdale states "I was fortunate to be a student of Dr. Michael Tarrant and I believe it is very fitting that this scholarship bears his name. He was a wonderful mentor for students interested in rural medicine."

Tarrant Scholarship Fact Sheet

On November 1, the Alberta Medical Association's (AMA) Section of Rural Medicine is awarding the fourth annual Tarrant Scholarship, Alberta's largest unrestricted medical school undergraduate award. The scholarships will be presented November 1 at 11:45 a.m. at Deane House, 806 - 9 Ave SE in Calgary.

The award is named in honor of the late Dr. Michael Tarrant, a Calgary family physician. Dr. Tarrant championed rural medical undergraduate education, helping to establish ongoing rural roots for future physicians. The scholarship awards a full year's tuition to selected students in the faculties of medicine at the University of Alberta (U of A) and University of Calgary (U of C) who seek careers in rural medicine in Alberta. Award recipients must demonstrate an interest in, and dedication to, rural medical issues in their undergraduate work.

Tuition costs are particularly high for medical students. This year tuition costs and mandatory payments at the U of A are $11,271.66 and at the U of C are $13,744.16. The Tarrant Scholarship helps to defray a small portion of the total medical school debt for its recipients.

The 2007 Tarrant Scholarships will be presented to a third-year medical student from the U of A and from the U of C.

University of Alberta:

- Brian J. Doran - Initially raised in the Crowsnest Pass area, Brian has also lived in Brooks, Lethbridge, Radway and Lac La Biche, where he learned about the benefits of small towns and the roles of rural physicians. Brian's interest in rural medicine was kindled by shadowing a physician in Brooks. Following his undergraduate degree in physiology, Brian entered medical school. Two extracurricular weekends - one in Peace River and the other in Ponoka, provided a closer glimpse into the diversified life of rural medicine, and some important skills early on in his training. Brian says that rural life will always have a pull on him.

University of Calgary:

- J. Evan Roll - Evan grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, but grew to love rural landscapes through family camping excursions and competitive kayaking. Completing an undergraduate degree in 2003, Evan decided to explore his curiosity for living in northern Canada. He worked in northern Saskatchewan as a health educator where he met and got to know several physicians practising rural family medicine. This inspired his return to the University of Calgary, this time in the faculty of medicine. In medical school, his rural electives in Medicine Hat, Blairmore, Inuvik and rural BC have confirmed his interest in rural medicine. He is excited by the opportunities, challenges and satisfaction he anticipates in a career in rural medicine.

Contact Information

  • Alberta Medical Association
    Section of Rural Medicine
    Dr. Allan S. Garbutt
    President
    Cell: (403) 563-0102
    or
    Alberta Medical Association
    Senior Communications Consultant
    Barbara L. Green
    Cell: (780) 719-8980