2010 Recipients - Paediatric Academic Leadership Awards

 

Clinician Practitioner

Dr. Daune McGregor

The Paediatric Chairs of Canada congratulate Dr. Daune McGregor as PCC’s recipient of the 2010 Paediatric Academic Leadership - Clinician Practitioner Award.

The committee chose Daune McGregor as the award recipient for this year. The terms of reference state that the awardee will be “the clinician whose clinical practice has served as an outstanding environment for the education of trainees and the advancement of practice through knowledge translation and dissemination and leadership within the discipline.” Daune McGregor’s practice has been at the Hospital for Sick Children in the Department of Pediatric Neurology. In addition, she is the Associate Chair (Clinical)
where she has broad impact throughout the various subspecialities. She has won a number of teaching awards including twice winning the coveted Harry Bain award within her own institution and the Teacher of the Year in Child Neurology at HSC on three other occasions. She has clearly spent time and interest on trainees throughout her career and has twice been nominated for the PAIRO Resident Advocate Award. She has been Postgraduate Education Director for three years and is considered a mentor by two generations of students and trainees. Both her clinical teaching and her lectures are said
to be outstanding and highly popular. She has given numerous invited talks around the world. She is also described as “a gifted diagnostician….a skilled therapist and a remarkable communicator with children, their families and all other health professionals.” I think these facts speak directly to her merit in having a clinical practice that has served as an outstanding environment for the education of trainees. Daune McGregor has also had an impact in advancement of practice through knowledge translation and dissemination. First of all she has been directly involved in knowledge creation through a strong record in research and more than 60 peer-reviewed publications. She has also authored 16 book chapters or other monographs for continuing education. She is described as a “superb scholar and life-long learner” whose practice and teaching are always evidence-based and family- and child-centred – a rare combination. She is also an innovator and advocate. She has promoted the links between Neurology and Child Development, and was one of the first to involve herself in the importance of rehabilitation services for children with neurological and developmental issues. Her involvement with and support for the fledgling Division of Developmental Pediatrics at the Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Centre as it evolved into an Ontario-wide resource were critical as is her ongoing involvement in the Board of that facility’s Foundation.

 

Clinician Educator

Dr. David Eisenstat

The Paediatric Chairs of Canada congratulate Dr. David Eisenstat as PCC’s recipient of the 2010 Paediatric Academic Leadership - Clinician Educator Award.

The committee recommends Dr David Eisenstadt for this award. Although Dr. Eisenstadt represents a different type of leader than previous awardees in this category, he clearly has provided some unique leadership in the area of education and training at a relatively early stage in his career, all the while performing as an excellent clinician and developing a very strong research career. His major contribution has been in the area of educating for, and stimulating interest in research among students ranging from the high school level, through undergraduate students, medical students and postgraduate students at the Masters and PhD levels. He took on the role of Director of the Advanced Degrees in Medicine Program in 2007. This program brings together a number of disparate programs at the University of Manitoba and has combined them in an innovative entity that is greater than the sum of its former parts. The MD/PhD program is invigorated, and the BSc Med Program, which has been around for decades but was a small program of 20 students per summer, has been expanded to 50 students who are enthused about research. Many of these students already have a bachelor’s degree, and are taking a second one because of the opportunity to receive additional training in health-related research within a program that offers outstanding value. Another example of his innovative spirit was the establishment of the first ever National Medical Student Research Day. This will become an annual event and seems to be enthusiastically endorsed by national student bodies. David has also taken his enthusiasm for health research to the high schools. He has mentored a number of students who have been successful in science fairs locally and nationally. He encourages other to work with high school students. He also teaches at all levels in the Faculty of Medicine and teaches graduate level courses and supervises 11 graduate students. He won the Mentor of the Year Award from the Health Sciences Graduate Student in 2006. David Eisenstadt is still just in early mid-career and we felt that his educational accomplishments were quite significant for this amount of time. He is a traditional “triple threat” in that he has outstanding achievements in clinical medicine, education and research. Although he has not pursued research in the area of pedagogy, he has already made a unique contribution to health research education in Manitoba and nationally.

 

Clinician Investigator

Dr. Michael Kramer

The Paediatric Chairs of Canada congratulate Dr. Michael Kramer as PCC’s recipient of the 2010 Paediatric Academic Leadership - Clinician Investigator Award.

Dr Michael Kramer is the suggested recipient of this award for this year. Dr. Kramer is recognized nationally and globally as one of the leading perinatal epidemiologists in the world. His peer-reviewed publications (305 and counting) and the number of citations of his work (more than 30 per article) testify to the prolific nature and impact of his work. But this outstanding record of research would not be sufficient to merit this award. The main criterion is that the candidate should create “environments that foster opportunity for child health research” and “demonstrate(d) outstanding leadership in an administrative role within the clinical and/or academic community.” Dr. Kramer has held a variety of research administration positions. He has been Vice Chair and Chairman of the Research Committee at the McGill-Montreal Children’s Hospital Research Institute. He has worked on committees of FRSQ to promote epidemiological research in Quebec.
He has taught undergraduates and graduate students at McGill and has supervised many PhD students. However, his greatest contribution has been since he accepted the position of Scientific Director of the Institute of Human Development and Child and Youth health (IHDCYH) Health at CIHR in 2003. Under his leadership the IHDCYH has created and promoted environments and a climate that fosters child health research. This has been a period of great growth in child health research. Among other accomplishments, his
personal support for and involvement in two national child health initiatives (The Canadian Child and Youth health Coalition and the Maternal, Infant, Child and Youth Health Network) are appropriately cited as evidence that he has provided administrative leadership in fostering environments that allow child health research to flourish in Canada. In our view Dr. Kramer meets the criteria for this award in spades.