PARO Honours 2019 Award Recipients

On May 3rd, 2019, the recipients of the PARO Medical Student Citizenship, Resident Teaching, Clinical Teaching, Resident Advocate and Program Excellence Awards were honoured at a celebration in Toronto. For a full copy of the announcement, please click here.

McMaster University

Back row (l-r): Dr. Parveen Wasi, Associate Dean, PGME, Mr. Rishi Sharma, Medical Student Citizenship Award Front row (l-r): Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed, Resident Teaching Award, Dr. Herman Johal, Clinical Teaching Award


Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Back row (l-r): Dr. Saleem Malik, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Dr. Vincent Le, Resident Teaching Award Front row (l-r): Dr. Frederic Sarrazin, Clinical Teaching Award, Ms. Sarah Cannell, Medical Student Citizenship Award


Queen’s University

Back row (l-r): Dr. Ross Walker, Associate Dean, PGME, Ms. Alexandra Morra, Medical Student Citizenship Award Front row (l-r): Dr. Jordan Leitch, Resident Teaching Award, Dr. Joseph Newbigging, Clinical Teaching Award


University of Ottawa

Back row (l-r): Ms. Céline Sayed, Medical Student Citizenship Award, Dr. Lorne Wiesenfeld, Vice Dean, PGME, Dr. Anthea Lafreniere, Resident Teaching Award Front row (l-r): Dr. David Grynspan, Clinical Teaching Award, Dr. Lisa Thurgur, Lois H. Ross Resident Advocate Award


University of Toronto

Back row (l-r): Dr. Adam Pyle, Clinical Teaching Award, Dr. Glen Bandiera, Associate Dean, PGME, Dr. Elizabeth Miazga, Resident Teaching Award Front row (l-r): Ms. Madelaine Bell, Medical Student Citizenship Award, Ms. Kayla Sliskovic, Medical Student Citizenship Award Absent: Dr. Scott Walsh (Dermatology), Residency Program Excellence Award, Dr. Jennifer Croke, Clinical Teaching Award, Dr. Andrew Gao, Resident Teaching Award


Western University

Back row (l-r): Dr. Chris Watling, Associate Dean, PGME, Mr. Anish Naidu, Medical Student Citizenship Award Front row (l-r): Dr. Daniel Grushka, Clinical Teaching Award, Dr. Bharat Markandey, Resident Teaching Award


Recipients of the Program Excellence, Resident Advocate and Clinical Teaching Awards received a unique and individually handcrafted glass sculpture inspired by the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn”.  The acorn is a symbol of strength and perseverance. It is small yet strong and can withstand many of nature’s forces to grow into one of the mightiest of trees. Acorns only appear when an oak is fully mature, nearly 80 years! Although this alone is a fitting symbol for residency, in combination with the oak leaf it also perfectly illustrates the relationship between mentor and mentee. The oak leaf is a symbol of leadership and the oak tree nurtures and protects the acorn, which through time and dedication will grow into an oak tree that will nurture and protect future acorns.