Award: Dr. Jane Thornton named recipient of the prestigious Murray Stalker Award

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has named Dr. Jane Thornton as the recipient of the prestigious Murray Stalker Award for 2018.

Dr. Thornton is a resident physician, researcher and advocate for physical activity for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. She has led a national strategy on physical activity in the undergraduate medical curriculum, and created and curated resources for both patients and physicians on the topic. Dr. Thornton has a PhD in kinesiology and sports medicine from Western. She loves the sport of rowing, having competed on the national rowing team for a decade and participating in the 2008 Olympics.

The Murray Stalker Award, named in memory of Dr. Murray Stalker, the College of family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)’s first President (1954/55), recognizes and promotes the scholarly activities of family medicine residents. It is awarded to an outstanding family medicine resident who is recognized as a potential future leader in the discipline.

Dr. Jane Thornton was selected as this year's recipient by the CFPC Section of Teachers’ Selection Committee, from among the 17 Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award recipients and the Indigenous Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award recipient.

The value of the Murray Stalker Award is $1,000. The recipient also receives complementary registration for Family Medicine Forum (FMF) 2018 for the day the award is presented. FMF 2018 takes place in Toronto, Ontario, from November 14th to 17th.

The award will be presented at the annual Section of Teachers Dinner at FMF and Dr. Thornton will be asked to deliver a short speech.