Dr. Linda Uniat to receive the CMA May Cohen Award for Women Mentors

OTTAWA, Aug. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) announced today that Dr. Linda Uniat, associate clinical professor in the University of Alberta's department of ophthalmology, will receive the 2010 May Cohen Award for Women Mentors on August 25th at the Association's annual meeting.

"This award is presented to a female physician who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to mentoring others," said CMA President Dr. Anne Doig. "Her ability to lead and inspire residents working in the specialty of ophthalmological surgery, combined with her desire to help others develop as professionals while maintaining a healthy work-life balance, makes Dr. Uniat a strong choice to receive this award."

Linda Uniat's 21 years of teaching in the University of Alberta ophthalmology residency program have given her unique clinical insights, perspective and knowledge that she imparts to the next generation of ophthalmological surgeons. Her accomplishments as a mentor and role model are recognized not only by those whom she directly mentors, but also by peers and colleagues who observe and commend her efforts.

"My definition of a mentor is to counsel, to teach, and to be a friend, which is the humanity of medicine," said Dr. Uniat. "It is immensely gratifying to see brilliant young women in medicine value the art that comes with experience."

Dr. Uniat has had particular influence on female students and residents, and is able to share her understanding, honed by years of practice, of how to build productive, rewarding professional relationships.

Well-respected and admired by her colleagues for her pioneering practice in retinal surgery and leading-edge consultative skills, Dr. Uniat has an extensive professional network that is of great benefit to those working with her. Mentees can draw upon these professional contacts, building associations that will guide and influence their own careers.

At a clinical level, she helps new physicians build on their strengths in medical practice and identifies areas for improvement. One of her strengths is helping mentees build the self-assurance they need for clinical excellence.

Despite the demands of a highly specialized surgical career coupled with teaching responsibilities and family commitments, Dr. Uniat makes herself available at any time to discuss career progression, assist with fellowship or other applications, and generally coach and support those who are fortunate enough to have her as a mentor.

Dr. Uniat is the 10th recipient of the Canadian Medical Association's May Cohen Award for Women Mentors. She will receive this award at a special ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario as part of the CMA's 143rd annual meeting.

SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

For further information: For further information: Lucie Boileau, Manager, Media Relations, (613) 731-8610 or 1-800-663-7336 ext. 1266, (613) 447-0866 (mobile), lucie.boileau@cma.ca

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