Award: 2021 PARO award recipients announced

The Professional Association of Residents of Ontario’s (PARO) annual awards recognize individuals across the medical education pathway who exhibit a commitment to ensuring the wellbeing of others and enriching the educational experience for their peers or students.

Dr. Karin Hahn, Interim Chair/Chief, Oncology, Dr. Shane Freeman, PGY4, Emergency Medicine and Sarah Luciw, Medicine Class of 2021, were selected as the 2021 recipients.

Dr. Hahn was honoured with the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award, which recognizes clinical faculty who provide exceptional patient care, high-quality bedside teaching, and have a demonstrable interest in their trainees’ personal development and well-being. Based on these criteria, clinical faculty are nominated for this award by the residents they teach.

Luciw, who is a student leader in curriculum development and holds a position on the student council, received the PARO Citizenship Award for Medical Students. This award honours students who have contributed to improving the welfare of their peers. The Undergraduate Medical Education Awards Committee (UAC) is responsible for selecting a Schulich Medicine student for the award from a list of peer nominations.

 “Sarah is someone who advocates in a respectful, yet effective way. She has worked tirelessly, especially in the past year, to ensure her classmates’ voices have been heard and best interests accounted for,” the UAC said in their submission to PARO about Luciw.

“She prioritizes student well-being and has made tangible changes related to this. Her interactions with faculty are meaningful and effective.”

As the recipient of the PARO Resident Teaching Award, Dr. Freeman is recognized for his exceptional efforts in providing clinical teaching opportunities to junior residents and clerks. 

“He has been a leader in the teaching of Point of Care Ultrasound in undergraduate and postgraduate programs,” said Dr. Lois Champion, Associate Dean Postgraduate Medical Education. “Dr. Freeman is an outstanding example of what it means to be a dedicated clinical teacher.”