OTTAWA, Aug. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA)
announced today that Dr. Helen Garson, from Campbell River, BC, will receive
the 2008 May Cohen Award for Women Mentors on August 20th at the Association's
"This award is presented annually to a female physician who has
demonstrated outstanding mentoring abilities," said CMA President Dr. Brian
Day. "Throughout her career, Dr. Garson has acted as an exceptional role model
in medicine by encouraging, facilitating and supporting the many women
physicians who have crossed her path."
"I feel very honoured to be receiving this mentorship award", said
Dr. Garson. "It is a privilege that my career allowed me to mentor other
female physicians who wanted to contribute medically to the community as well
as take care of their families."
Dr. Garson trained in the United Kingdom and immigrated to Canada in
1976. She first worked part-time in Gold River then moved to Campbell River
where she also had hospital privileges. Recognizing a community need, she
initiated a medical treatment service to give full-time coverage for all
sexual assault cases, a responsibility she now shares with other female
In 2000 she joined a steering committee to establish a multidisciplinary
palliative care team, an initiative that she has chaired since 2001. She is
directly involved in symptom management of palliative patients, and was
instrumental in creating an emergency palliative care drug kit to assist
patients who prefer to stay at home. Since 2003 she has concentrated her
practice on cancer care, which involved many weeks of training in the GP
Oncology Preceptorship Program in order to supervise chemotherapy treatments.
"Juggling part-time work around motherhood enabled me to raise my family
but as they became independent, it enabled me to be more available to pursue
the introduction of new, more challenging - though time consuming - medical
services such as sexual assault examinations, palliative care and oncology,"
said Dr. Garson. "Caring for terminal cancer patients brought me into the
realms of multidisciplinary teamwork, home visits, and very compassionate and
professionally rewarding work."
As a mentor, Dr. Garson shows confidence in other medical women's
clinical skills while supporting their need to balance family and medicine.
She is also convinced of the indispensable role of family physicians on
multidisciplinary teams in community health settings, teaching her mentees
that family physicians have a more global sense of any clinical problems and
thus bring perspective and insight that many paramedical professionals do not
Dr. Helen Garson is the 8th recipient of the Canadian Medical
Association's May Cohen Award for Women Mentors. She will receive this award
at a special ceremony at the Sheraton Centre in Montreal, QC as part of the
CMA's 141st annual meeting.
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