Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association

August 10, 2005 17:01 ET

CMA recognizes Young Physician Leaders

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 10, 2005) - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is pleased to announce the recipients for its 2nd annual Award for Young Leaders. The award celebrates the efforts of young physician leaders of tomorrow for their efforts today.

The CMA will present the 2005 Award for Young Leaders to one student, one resident and one early career physician (5 years post-residency) member at its Annual Meeting held at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, on Sunday, August 14th.

The Young Leaders Award recipients have demonstrated exemplary dedication, commitment and leadership in one of the following domains: political, clinical, education, research and/or community service.

The winners have been selected based on three key criteria:
- having exemplified creativity, initiative and are committed to
"making a difference;
- being active and effective at the local, provincial/territorial
and/or national level; and
- acting as a positive and effective role model for their peers and

"Young physicians are making great contributions to our health care
system," said Dr. Albert Schumacher, President of the CMA. "The
future of medicine will do well in the hands of these young leaders."

- The student recipient of the Award for Young Leaders' is Dr.
Lanette Prediger, "a positive and effective role model for her
peers and colleagues" received her medical degree from the
University of Calgary in May. Dr. Prediger has been involved in
the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), which she
currently serves as vice-president of medical education. Champion
of a charter to protect the learning environment and rights of
senior medical students, her efforts in redrafting documents and
soliciting feedback from faculty, students and CFMS representatives
led to the charter's adoption by the undergraduate deans at the
Association of Canadian Medical Colleges in 2004.

- The resident recipient of the Award for Young Leaders' is Dr.
Danielle Martin, "an impressive leader" and dedicated advocate for
medical trainees, is a second-year family medicine resident at the
University of Toronto. As President of the Canadian Federation of
Medical Students (CFMS), she helped implement a national student
disability insurance policy, oversaw the federation's rebranding
initiative, and introduced a charter of educational expectations
for medical students. Dr. Martin was elected to the executive of
the Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Ontario
(PAIRO) and has co-chaired the Negotiating Ontario's Well-being
Alliance, which addresses physician shortages in rural and remote
areas of Ontario.

- The early career physician recipient of the Award for Young
Leaders' is Dr. Rob Siemens. Although he has only been a member of
the Queen's University medical faculty since 2000, urologist Rob
Siemens has made a tremendous impression on his colleagues and
trainees. A Queen's graduate who pursued a fellowship in urologic
oncology at the University of Iowa, Dr. Siemens has become a
popular assistant professor at his alma mater. In addition to being
a tutor for problem-based learning and teacher of clinical skills,
he has directed the residency program to high acclaim.

(Visit for biographical notes on all 2005 Young Leaders
award recipients.)

Contact Information

  • Canadian Medical Association
    Carole Lavigne
    Manager, Media Relations
    1 (800) 663-7336 or (613) 731-8610, ext. 1266