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2015 Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership winners announced

2015 Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership winners announced

Vancouver – Eve Purdy and Dr. Jesse Kancir were recognized today for their outstanding leadership skills, as the 2015 recipients of the Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership. The award, divided into separate undergraduate and postgraduate categories for the first time this year, was presented to Ms. Purdy and Dr. Kancir at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) on April 26, 2015 in Vancouver.

The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) Board of Directors launched the Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership in 2013 with the aim of encouraging the development of future leaders in medicine. Each of this year’s winners will receive up to $3,000 in leadership development funding.

Eve Purdy, the 2015 undergraduate SBSAL recipient, is a graduating fourth-year medical student, soon to be emergency medicine resident, at Queen’s University with a passion for education delivery, scholarship and leadership. She is dedicated to investigating how online resources and environments affect learning and patient care. To strengthen her ability to perform continue innovating in the domain of education, she intends apply this award toward the completion of a Masters in Medical Education.

“The possibilities associated with becoming a leader in medical education are international in scope,” said Ms. Purdy. “The walls of a classroom, hospital and institution no longer limit a trainee’s learning environment. I am fascinated by the exponential growth of social media and open-access resources for learners and I am dedicated to leading the deliberate and evidence-based integration of technology with medical education.”

Dr. Kancir, the 2015 postgraduate SBSAL recipient, is a resident physician at the University of British Columbia in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and a 2014-2015 Chevening Scholar at the University of Cambridge where he is a Masters of Philosophy candidate in Public Policy focusing on innovation and system integration in healthcare. Dr. Kancir’s background blends experiences from the public, private, academic, and not-for-profit sectors to shape his interests in health and medicine. In 2013-2014, he served as the President of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students and as Board Director of the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Residency Matching Service. He will use the award’s financial component to enroll in the Institute for Corporate Directors Not-for-Profit certificate program.

“I have been privileged to be able to serve medical students and residents through professional involvement as a Board Director with several of Canada’s national medical organizations,” said Dr. Kancir. “I am keen to grow my ability to contribute to Board work and become a stronger physician-leader. This award will allow me to further develop my skills in this regard.”

“Since becoming the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of CaRMS in 1986, Sandra Banner has been instrumental in the growth and development of CaRMS. Her passion for medical education has made her a strong advocate for students in matters that have an impact on their careers and life plans,” said Dr. Willa Henry, Chair of CaRMS Board of Directors. “Sandra has announced her plans to step down from her position at CaRMS this year. While she may no longer be at the helm of the organization, her legacy will live on in this award and the opportunities it affords young leaders as they strengthen and enrich our community.”

For information on the Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership, please visit carms.ca/sbsal.

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CaRMS

The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) is a national, not-for-profit, fee-for-service organization established in 1969 at the request of medical students seeking an independent entity to provide a fair and transparent application and matching service for entry into postgraduate medical training throughout Canada.

Undergraduate winner of the 2015 SBSAL: Eve Purdy

Eve Purdy is a graduating fourth-year medical student, soon to be emergency medicine resident, at Queen’s University with a passion for education delivery, scholarship and leadership. Throughout her time at Queen’s she has advocated for her peers on a number of school committees. These efforts have precipitated a focused curriculum on resiliency and she continues to champion an evaluation of the medical student learning environment.

Eve’s inquisitive and collaborative nature contextualize her significant involvement in the world of Free Open Access Medical Education. Online, she has emerged as a leader through her blog manuetcorde.org, as an advisor to medskl.com, as a social media coordinator for the CFMS, as a student organizer of the international Social Media and Critical Care Conference, and as an editor for BoringEM.org and the ALIEM.com MedICs case series. She consistently uses skills and knowledge gained in these roles to shape the educational milieu at her home institution, finding and creating ways to contribute as a lecturer, facilitator, curriculum developer, and mentor. Eve deliberately fosters a positive online space for Queen’s students and faculty to interact. A scholar at heart, she is dedicated to investigating how online resources and environments affect learning and the most important downstream outcome, patient care. To strengthen her ability to perform high-quality research and continue innovating in the domain of education, she intends to complete a Masters in Medical Education to which this award will be applied.

Postgraduate winner of the 2015 SBSAL: Dr. Jesse Kancir

Jesse Kancir is a resident physician at the University of British Columbia in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and a 2014-2015 Chevening Scholar at the University of Cambridge where he is an Masters of Philosophy candidate in Public Policy focusing on innovation and system integration in healthcare. He is a 2014-2015 Action Canada Fellow and also currently serves as a public member on the Board of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.

Jesse’s background blends experiences from the public, private, academic, and not-for-profit sectors to shape his interests in health and medicine. His interests in medical education and health policy have their roots in his undergraduate work at the University of Waterloo and his graduate training at the London School of Economics where he was awarded the Brian Abel-Smith Prize for best performance in the International Health Policy (Health Economics) program.

While completing his medical training at the University of Toronto, Jesse was involved with several efforts that increased the presence of medical humanities in undergraduate medical teaching. He also maintained active involvement in student leadership activities at the local, provincial, and national level. He has served as the President of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students and as Board Director of the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Residence Matching Service.