Media Advisory - Royal College Recognizes Excellence - 2008 Convocation to Honour Dr. Louise Arbour

    OTTAWA, Sept. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada is pleased to recognize the distinguished contributions
made by physicians, surgeons and members of the community who have
demonstrated outstanding commitments to human rights, leadership, compassion,
medical education and the practice of specialty medicine.
    Louise Arbour, recognized the world over for her recent role as UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights will deliver the Convocation address. In
addition, the Royal College will bestow honorary fellowships and awards to
Fellows and residents at the annual Convocation Ceremony, to be held at the
Westin Ottawa on Friday, September 26, 2008.
    Of the over 1200 specialists the Royal College is proud to certify this
year, over 100 of them will be travelling to Ottawa with their families to
receive their certifications in over 40 specialties at Convocation. Honoured
individuals and Fellows will receive awards based on achievements that reflect
the aims and objectives of the Royal College, lifelong contributions to
medical education, for clinical investigative work and training leadership.

       The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Annual
     Convocation Ceremony Westin Ottawa Friday, September 26, 2008 8 pm

    Honorary Fellows      Ms. Louise Arbour, C.C., LL.L.. LL.D. (Hon)
                          Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice
                          Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human

                          Sister Elizabeth Davis, R.S.M., C.M., M.H.Sc.,
                          LL.D. (Hon)
                          Past President of the Medical Council of Canada
                          Chair, Board of Trustees of the Canadian Health
                          Services Research Foundation

                          Dr. O. James Garden, BSc., MBChB, MD, FRCPS
                          (Glasg), FRCS (Edin), FRACS (Hon)
                          Surgeon to the Queen in Scotland
                          Program Chairman of the European Surgical

                          Dr. Louise Nasmith, MD, C.M., M.Ed, CCFP, FCFP
                          Former President of the College of Family
                          Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
                          Chair of the CFPC Accreditation Committee

                          Ms. Eva Olsson, D.Ed. (Hon)
                          Second World War concentration camp survivor
                          Author and United Nations guest speaker

    Duncan Graham Award   Dr. I. John Parboosingh, FRCSC, University of
                          Leadership: adult Learning and continuing education

    James H. Graham
    Award of Merit        Dr. Paul M. O'Byrne, FRCPC, McMaster University
                          Excellence: residency education

    Royal College Medal
    Awards                Dr. Robert Nam, FRCSC, University of Toronto
                          Research: prostate cancer genetics and diagnosis of
                          prostate cancer

                          Dr. Aaron Schimmer, FRCPC, Ontario Cancer Institute
                          Research: new therapies for leukemia and other

    RCPSC/AMS Donald
    Richards Wilson
    Award                 Dr. Denyse Richardson, FRCPC, Toronto
                          Rehabilitative Institute
                          CanMEDS champion: physical medicine and

    Canadian Research
    Awards for Specialty
    Residents             Dr. Aleixo Muise, FRCPC, The Hospital for Sick
                          Research: inflammatory bowel disease

                          Dr. Saima Hassan, Resident in general surgery,
                          McGill University
                          Research: breast cancer

    K.J.R. Wightman
    Award for Scholarship
    in Ethics             Dr. Michel Shamy, Resident in neurology, University
                          of Toronto
                          Research: neurology and the philosophy of science
                          and ethics

    The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national,
not-for-profit organization that oversees the medical education of specialists
in Canada by setting high standards for postgraduate medical education and
continuing professional development. In collaboration with health
organizations and government agencies, the Royal College also plays a role in
developing sound health policy in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: or to request an interview, please contact:
Cecily Wallace, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, (613)
260-4180, Cell (613) 286-7328,; Cristiane Doherty, Delta
Media, Ph. (613) 233-9191, Cell (613) 799-9277,

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