Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 21, 2012 09:00 ET

Canadian Armed Forces Medical Officers Recognized by the College of Family Physicians of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2012) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today joined Brigadier-General Jean-Robert Bernier, the Surgeon General of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), in congratulating CAF medical officers who were recently recognized for their outstanding achievements by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

"The health of our men and women in uniform is a top priority for this government and the education and training of our medical officers is pivotal to the ability of Canadian Forces Health Services to deliver healthcare," said Minister MacKay. "These medical officers represent the finest doctors in Canada, are testament to the high level of care our Canadian Armed Forces members receive at home and abroad and, on behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish to congratulate them."

Captain Scott MacLean, 1 Field Ambulance, Edmonton, is the recipient of the 2012 Murray Stalker award. This award, named in honour of the late Dr. Murray Stalker, first College of Family Physicians of Canada President (1954-1955), recognizes and promotes scholarly activities of family medicine residents. It is awarded to an outstanding family medicine resident who is recognized as a potential future leader in the discipline.

Captain MacLean and Captain Jason Lorette, 26 Canadian Forces Health Services Centre, Greenwood, are both the recipients of the Family Medicine Resident Leadership Awards. These awards recognize the leadership abilities of outstanding senior family medicine residents from each of the 17 Canadian family medicine residency programs.

Captain Melissa Welsh, 24 Canadian Forces Health Services Centre, Trenton, is the 2012 recipient of the Bob Robertson Award. This award, dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Bob Robertson, former College of Family Physicians of Canada President (1980-1981), recognizes the individual who achieved the highest standing among family medicine residents in the organization's certification examination in family medicine.

Captain Shawn Benninger is the 2012 recipient of the Award of Excellence. The Award of Excellence recognizes the College of Family Physicians of Canada member who, in the past 12-24 months, has made an outstanding contribution in a specific area pertaining to one or more of the following areas: patient care; community service; hospital or health care institutions; college activities (national or chapter); or teaching, research or other elements of the academic discipline of family medicine. Capt. Benninger is currently serving on board Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Protecteur.

"We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of these medical officers. They will serve their nation and the Canadian Armed Forces well as they progress through their military medical careers," said Brig.-Gen. Bernier. "The standard of healthcare Canada is able to provide to its men and women in uniform will be enhanced by these talented physicians. They have set the bar high for those doctors who wish to practice medicine in uniform."

Canadian Forces Health Services, with the support of their health care partners, provides full-spectrum care and the highest standard of health care possible to Canada's military personnel, wherever and whenever they serve.

"The morale and well-being of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and airwomen, is the backbone of operational effectiveness," said Chief Warrant Officer Pierre Marchand, Canadian Forces Health Services Chief Warrant Officer. "The medical professionals and support staff who make up the Canadian Forces Health Services Branch are a critical aspect of the morale and welfare of our troops serving across the nation and abroad during operations, exercises, and garrison duties."

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