OTTAWA, April 11, 2012 /CNW/ - A Montreal physician and medical educator has been awarded the 2012 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's Duncan Graham Award. For more than 40 years, Dr. Peter J. McLeod, FRCPC, profoundly shaped training at the University of McGill and various Montreal-area hospitals.
"Dr. McLeod committed enormous time and energy to shaping thousands of young physicians," says Royal College CEO Andrew Padmos, MD, FRCPC. "This dedication has shaped and improved patient health not only in Montreal but across Canada."
The Duncan Graham Award recognizes an outstanding lifelong contribution to medical education. This national award is a prestigious part of the Royal College Awards and Grants Program, which distributes $1 million a year through awards, grants, fellowships and visiting professorships.
An internist and clinical pharmacologist by training, Dr. McLeod earned his medical degree from the University of Manitoba before completing postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology at the Montreal General Hospital.
During his career in academic medicine, Dr. McLeod took on a variety of roles related to education in the hospital and university settings. He directed the McGill Centre for Medical Education and chaired the Department of Medicine's undergraduate and postgraduate education committees. He also extended his own knowledge by undertaking additional training in Scotland and the Netherlands.
Today, Dr. McLeod continues to teach students, residents and postgraduate fellows and maintains an active research program at the centre for medical education.
"For me, the reward of knowing that you are contributing to bettering someone's practice of medicine or knowledge of education theory while working in a medical school cannot be beaten," says Dr. McLeod.
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.
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