CMA recognizes Young Physician Leaders

    OTTAWA, Aug. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is
pleased to recognize Sagar Dugani and Dr. Jerry Maniate as the recipients of
its 5th annual Award for Young Leaders. The award celebrates the efforts of
young physician leaders of tomorrow for their efforts today.
    The student recipient of the 2008 Award for Young Leaders, Mr. Sagar
Dugani, has been dedicated to the cause of enhancing student and community
life in an unparalleled fashion at the University of Toronto. After earning
undergraduate and master degrees at U of T, in 2005 he joined the MD/PhD
program. His academic achievements include studentships from the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council (NSERC) and U of T's Institute of Medical Science. In 2007 he was
named the NSERC Top Cellular and Molecular Biology Applicant, and won a
Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation Young Investigators Forum Poster
    "It is extremely humbling to be recognized by the CMA. The previous
winners have made significant contributions and it is an honour to be part of
that company," said Mr. Dugani. "To reach out to diverse communities, be part
of their lives and respond to their evolving needs is tremendously rewarding.
By immersing ourselves in the community, we students, learn to work together
and introduce meaningful changes to society. The true crowning of our lives is
when we can have an impact on the lives of others."
    As junior vice-president, community affairs, in his first year of medical
school he oversaw several faculty-based community programs, was a personal
tutor, worked on the university medical journal (UTMJ), and took a lead role
in a program for people in shelter and old age homes. The next year, as senior
vice-president, he established five outreach programs and took the faculty to
new levels in partnerships. One highlight was his organization of the
inaugural "Celebration of Life" luncheon for more than 300 people, including
clients, their families, government officials and program partners.
    Chief co-editor of UTMJ for the 2007/08 period, he is currently in charge
of The Toronto Notes 2009: Comprehensive Medical Reference, a 1400 page,
student-run publication. Sagar Dugani also represents the university at the
Clinical Investigator Trainee Association of Canada. He has twice received the
Mary L. Cassidy Award for outstanding service to the faculty and university,
and in 2007 was awarded an Ontario Medical Association (OMA) Medical Student
Achievement Award, just a few of many honours he has received since coming to
Canada in 1999.
    The resident recipient of the 2007 Award for Young Leaders' is Dr. Jerry
Maniate, has a strong history of leadership and service on behalf of Canadian
medical trainees.
    A 2001 medical graduate of the University of Manitoba, he completed
residency in internal medicine in 2004 and a fellowship in medical oncology in
2006. Currently he is completing a joint fellowship at the Wilson Centre for
Research in Education and the Centre for Faculty Development at the University
of Toronto, as well as a Masters of Education (Health Profession). He also is
a co-investigator on the environmental scan component for the Association of
Faculties of Medicine of Canada Future of Medical Education in Canada project.
    "I have been fortunate to be surrounded by several individuals who have
become valuable mentors, role models, colleagues and friends. Many of these
individuals have lived and taught the adage that a person who is not willing
to follow is not prepared to lead", said Dr. Maniate. "The medical profession
has, not just an obligation, but a sincere responsibility to ensure that the
"next generation" of leaders are ready to pick up the mantle of leadership."
    After becoming involved with the Professional Association of Residents
and Interns of Manitoba, he served nationally on the board and executive of
the Canadian Association of Internes and Residents. There he worked on major
projects that resulted in the creation of CAIR's Principles for Quality
Postgraduate Medical Education, the completion of major revisions to the
pre-accreditation survey questionnaires and the development of a communication
strategy on PGME accreditation for residents. While he was president (2005/06)
CAIR initiated a governance review and strategic plan, and completed and
analyzed a resident debt survey.
    Dr. Maniate has advocated for residents and excellence in medical
education through service with the Canadian Residents Matching Service
(CaRMS), Canadian Federation of Medical Students, Canadian Medical Forum,
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and CMA General Council.
    CAIR recognized his significant and diverse contributions to medical
trainees by making him an honorary life member in 2007.
    The Young Leaders Award recipients - one student and one resident - have
demonstrated exemplary dedication, commitment and leadership in one of the
following domains: political, clinical, education, research and/or community

    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

    "I continue to be thrilled and impressed by the quality of our young
leaders," said Dr. Brian Day, the CMA president. "Given their intelligence,
commitment, innovation and determination, I believe that the profession will
be in good hands in the future."

    The CMA will present the 2008 Award for Young Leaders to Dr. Dugani and
Dr. Maniate on Aug. 20 at its 141st annual general meeting at the Sheraton
Centre in Montreal, QC.

For further information:

For further information: Lucie Boileau, Manager, Media Relations,
1-800-663-7336, (613) 731-8610, ext. 1266, Mobile: (613) 447-0866

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