Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association

August 10, 2005 17:00 ET

Dr. Laurie Morrison to receive the CMA May Cohen Award for Women Mentors

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 10, 2005) - On August 17, Dr. Laurie Morrison from Toronto, will receive the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) 2005 May Cohen Award for Women Mentors.

The CMA May Cohen Award is awarded annually to a woman physician who has demonstrated outstanding mentoring abilities. Some of these qualities include encouraging, facilitating and supporting mentees in career and leadership development and acting as an effective role model in medicine or medical leadership.

"It's a career highlight to be recognized for mentoring by a national body," said Dr. Morrison. "Mentoring is not usually valued in terms of career advancement and academic promotion none the less, it is integral to the success of the 'mentee', the growth of the mentor and the practice of medicine. Mentoring is an acquired skill set building on individual attributes that often goes without recognition and yet is so personally rewarding. The most rewarding aspect of mentoring is seeing others go beyond their personal expectations and beyond what you have achieved."

Dr. Laurie Morrison has combined her personal drive for academic excellence and leadership with raising three children, inspiring others to pursue their research and medical careers without sacrificing the joys and rewards of family life.

After medical training at McMaster and McGill universities, she was certified in emergency medicine in 1988. She subsequently completed clinical research and toxicology fellowships at the University of Toronto, joining the faculty in 1990. She currently is associate professor in the Department of Medicine with a cross appointment in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Since 1992 she has been director of the Division of Emergency Medicine, and in 1998 she also became director of the Prehospital and Transport Medicine Research Program at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre. She earned a masters degree in health research design from McMaster in 2000. Today she is a clinician scientist at U of T in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and scientist at both the Institute of Medical Sciences and Sunnybrook and Women's College Research Institute.

The recipient of numerous research awards and grants, Dr. Morrison currently is a co-principal investigator in the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Research Consortium to Improve Resuscitation Outcomes and chair of the Acute Coronary Syndrome Task Force for the International Council of Resuscitation.

A mentor who actively seeks out opportunities to develop the academic careers of emergency medicine specialists, she has advocated strongly for protected time and funding to establish the Clinician Scientist and Educator programs at the faculty and resident level.

Dr. Laurie Morrison is the 5th recipient of the Canadian Medical Association's 2005 May Cohen Award. She will receive this award at a special ceremony at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music in Edmonton, as part of the CMA's 138th annual meeting.

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