Dr. Catharine Whiteside to receive the CMA May Cohen Award for Women Mentors

    OTTAWA, Aug. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA)
announced today that Dr. Catharine Whiteside, the first female dean of
medicine at University of Toronto, will receive the 2009 May Cohen Award for
Women Mentors on August 19h at the Association's annual meeting.
    "This award is presented annually to a female physician who has
demonstrated outstanding mentoring abilities," said CMA President Dr. Robert
Ouellet. "An exceptional teacher, scholar, clinician and administrator, Dr.
Whiteside is an inspirational role model in medicine and her passion and
dedication to mentoring colleagues is truly inspiring."
    "The most rewarding aspect of being a Dean of Medicine is the opportunity
to work with so many brilliant young women who have dedicated their life and
career to public service through the practice of medicine", said Dr.
Whiteside. "The example of excellence and social responsibility set by all our
students is an ongoing inspiration to me."
    Dr. Whiteside completed her graduate and postgraduate training in
Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the University of Toronto. She joined the
university's Department of Medicine in 1985 as a Clinician Scientist and has
engaged in basic research in the field of cellular mechanisms of kidney
disease with a particular interest in the study of diabetic nephropathy.
    In 1993 to 1999, as a graduate coordinator for the Institute of Medical
Sciences, she organized a certificate program to help doctoral students
develop teaching skills in preparation for their future academic careers.
    In 2000, she assumed the position of Associate Dean responsible for
graduate and allied health academic programs. Dr. Whiteside is also is
Vice-Provost Relations with Health Care Institutions at the University of
Toronto. She was praised as a pivotal thinker who taught much about the
rewards of service in public and academic employment and thinking outside the
    During her career as a nephrologist and researcher, she engaged in
education at all levels in the U of T medical faculty and twice won awards for
teaching in the undergraduate medical education curriculum. She has also
received the Kidney Foundation of Canada Research Medal in 2007.
    Dr. Whiteside has had a significant impact on many who have been
privileged to work with her. She is the 9th recipient of the Canadian Medical
Association's May Cohen Award for Women Mentors. She will receive this award
at a special ceremony at the TCU Place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as part of
the CMA's 142nd annual meeting.

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