In September 2018, the CaRMS Board of Directors welcomed a new Chair and Vice-Chair. Get to know Dr. Eric Peters and Dr. Linda Inkpen, as well as a bit of background about the Board, below.

Nearly 50 years ago, learners, faculty, hospitals, the colleges and licensing authorities banded together to create what would ultimately become CaRMS – an impartial entity that would provide a fair and transparent application and matching service for medical education in Canada.

Today, CaRMS’ Board of Directors still reflects the diverse perspectives that were instrumental in our creation, with membership that spans the full breadth of medical education. Reflective of the composition of the community at large, the Board includes significant representation of the learner perspective with six board members nominated by learner organizations. The board’s diversity of knowledge and experience ensures that CaRMS’ strategic direction, as well as our day-to-day services and support, are reflective of the needs and views of the entire spectrum of the medical education community.

Board Chair Dr. Eric Peters

The investiture of Dr. Eric Peters as the new Chair of the CaRMS Board of Directors is an exciting time for the Board and CaRMS, as it is the first time a recent learner representative has held this role.

Dr. Peters, a Pediatric and Obstetric Anesthesiologist in Montréal, recently completed his residency at Université de Montréal. Prior to completing his medical degree and residency, Dr. Peters completed a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Among his numerous academic leadership roles, Dr. Peters has served as president and vice-president of the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ), administrator responsible for specialty academic affairs for the Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec (FMRQ), president of the Association des étudiantes et étudiants en médecine de l’Université de Montréal, and as vice-president responsible for specialty academic affairs for the Association des médecins résidents de Montréal (AMRM).

Dr. Peters has represented the learner perspective on a number of university, provincial and federal committees. He was also involved in the elaboration and analysis of a survey on the wellbeing of medical clerks in Québec, and in the process that defines the number and distribution of residency spots in Québec.

Board Vice-Chair Dr. Linda Inkpen

Dr. Linda Inkpen, the new Vice-Chair of the CaRMS Board of Directors, brings with her a wealth of experience in medical education. She has been Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador since September 2014, and a practising physician since 1974. She has served as member and chair of numerous commissions, committees, and inquiries at both the provincial and federal levels in science, technology, medicine, education, and business. Dr. Inkpen has been the recipient of many awards and honours, most notably the Order of Canada and honorary degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University and Memorial University.

Dr. Inkpen graduated from Memorial University in 1969, 1970, 1972, and 1974 with degrees in Science, Education, Medical Science, and Medicine. She has practised medicine since graduating but has also pursued other interests and endeavours. She was chair of the board for Fortis Properties, is a past chair of Newfoundland Power, and was a director of the parent company, Fortis Inc. until 2010. Dr. Inkpen was President of Cabot College (now College of the North Atlantic) from 1987 to 1993, and has been a lay member of the Newfoundland Law Society. Dr. Inkpen was a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and a member of the Prime Minister’s Roundtable on Science and Technology. She is a past chair of the Medical Advisory Committee for the St. John’s Eastern Health Board in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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