Dr. Wendy Levinson to Receive the CMA May Cohen Award for Women Mentors

OTTAWA, Aug. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) announced today that Dr. Wendy Levinson from Toronto will receive the 2013 May Cohen Award for Women Mentors. This award is presented to a female physician who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to mentoring others.

"The quality of the relationships Dr. Levinson builds with her mentees and her strategic approach to life and career planning are truly inspiring and make her highly deserving of this award," said CMA President Dr. Anna Reid.

"There is nothing I enjoy more than mentoring physicians-in-training and young faculty members," said Dr. Levinson. "The personal gratification that I get from seeing my mentees help change the world of medicine is truly an unbelievable joy."

Dr. Levinson studied medicine at McMaster University and completed her residency in internal medicine at McGill University. She was a faculty member at Oregon Health Sciences University and at the University of Chicago before she joined the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto in 2001. In 2004 she was appointed the Sir John and Lady Eaton professor and chair of the department of medicine.

Striving to establish a culture where mentorship is valued and integral, Dr. Levinson has established a faculty mentoring program at the University of Toronto department of medicine. She creates networking and advancement opportunities for women and encourages them to take on leadership roles. Throughout her career she has focused on helping women reconcile the competing demands of career and family, a subject of significant scholarship for her.

She has been recognized with the Distinguished Women in Medicine and Science Award from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and the Robert J. Glaser Award of the Society of General Internal Medicine. She is a former chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine and was recently made a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in the UK.

Dr. Levinson is the 13th recipient of the CMA's May Cohen Award for Women Mentors. An awards ceremony is being held at the Hyatt Regency Calgary Hotel on Aug. 21 as part of the CMA's 146th annual meeting. As Dr. Levinson is unable to attend the ceremony, she will be presented with her medal at a later date.

SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association

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