Amanda Sauvé, BMSc'13, Medicine Class of 2018, receives The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame award
Congratulations to Amanda Sauvé, BMSc'13, Medicine Class of 2018, on receiving The Marty Kelman and Gilda Tanz Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award.
The Award recognizes a second-year medical student who demonstrates leadership through community involvement, superior interpersonal and communication skills, academic excellence and an established interest in advancing knowledge.
Raised in Barrie, Ontario, Sauvé earned her bachelor of medical sciences in physiology from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry in 2013. As a Métis medical student, Sauvé has established herself as a strong leader and advocate for Indigenous health. She is involved locally and nationally as an executive member of various education committees, researching and introducing Indigenous voice and perspective into Canadian medical education. She has co-authored policy papers and position statements on Indigenous health, and is working to develop educational tools for teaching the social determinants of Indigenous health.
Sauvé has also established herself as a strong advocate for mental health awareness. She developed an innovative narrative-based peer support workshop at Western, aimed partly to reduce mental health stigma and partly to promote positive networks and help-seeking behaviours in medical students impacted by mental health. She continues to advocate for changes in the stigma towards mental health in the medical field through continued research, conference participation and collaboration with Canada’s medical student leaders.
Part of the application process was an essay describing an inspirational laureate of The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF). Sauvé wrote about Dr. Sylvia Fedoruk, one of Canada’s foremost medical biophysicists and the only woman who was conducting medical-physics research in Canada in the 1950s.