New Scholarship for Medical Students

November 18, 2014

MD Physician Services Inc., a Canadian Medical Association (CMA)-owned wealth management organization, today announced that it is proud to sponsor a new scholarship, in partnership with The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

The scholarship will award outstanding second-year medical students who demonstrate potential as future leaders and innovators of health care in Canada. Successful candidates will receive $7,000/year for three years as well as the opportunity to connect with laureates and Board Members of The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF).

Founded in 1994, the CMHF is the world’s only national Hall of Fame dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of medical heroes. Since 1994, 107 individuals (living and posthumous) have been inducted into the CMHF—Canadians who have made significant contributions to medicine and health, whether they are physicians or non-physicians such as Terry Fox and former Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas.

“We’re honoured to partner with an organization that recognizes these brilliant pioneers for their extraordinary work,” said Mike Gassewitz, Executive Vice-President of Member Solutions, MD Physician Services. “And with this new scholarship for medical students, we want to help recognize the work of Canada’s future health leaders.”

Current first-year medical students who have demonstrated academic excellence, are involved in extracurricular activities, community service and show potential to be future health leaders are encouraged to apply in the spring of 2015. All applicants must be a member of the Canadian Medical Association. In addition to the scholarship, successful candidates will have the opportunity to connect with CMHF laureates like Dr. Antoine Hakim and Dr. Allan Ronald, to develop their careers.

“Dr. Hakim and Dr. Ronald have both made incredible contributions to medicine and health sciences,” said Gassewitz. Inducted in 2013, Dr. Hakim revolutionized the way strokes are being researched and treated in Canada and around the world, and is also known for his leadership in creating the Canadian Stroke Network. Dr. Ronald was inducted in 2011 and is an internationally respected expert in infectious disease. He created the Manitoba Infectious Diseases Program, which is acknowledged as Canada’s centre of excellence in research and training of infectious diseases.

About MD Physician Services

MD Physician Services, with more than $37 billion in assets under administration, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association. MD Physician Services provides financial products and services, the MD Family of Funds and investment counselling services through the MD Group of Companies. For a detailed list of these companies, visit md.cma.ca.

About The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Established in 1994, The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) is a national charitable organization that fosters future generations of health professionals through the celebration of our country’s rich medical history, scholarship program, and the delivery of both local and nationwide education programs for youth. Each year, up to six individuals are recognized for their extraordinary contribution to improving the health of Canadians and people world-wide. The stories of the laureates are showcased on our website (www.cdnmedhall.org) and in our portrait gallery, exhibit hall and media theatre which are located in downtown London, ON.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
Scholarship for Medical Students
519 488-2003


Media Contacts:

Maria Grant
Communications Manager, MD Physician Services Inc.
maria.grant@cma.ca
613-809-0657

Deborah Thompson
DT Communications
deborah@dt-communications.com
416-918-9551

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