MSS Women’s Day 2019
In the spirit of the International Women’s day on March 8th, the MSS Equity Committee invited members of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry to nominate an inspiring woman they know. We want to highlight the amazing work that female healthcare professionals, researchers, students or residents do every day and the success they have achieved! We would like to congratulate the several female professionals nominated and share with you the inspiring submissions we received.
Maria is an absolutely fantastic person! She works extremely hard and puts her heart and soul into everything she does (even staying until midnight almost every day at the dentistry lab to perfect her drilling skills!). She always has a smile on her face and treats everyone around her with kindness and respect, no matter who they are. She inspires me to work hard and to stay positive, no matter what.
Dr. Beth-Ann M. Cummings
As a young woman, she occupies a major leadership role in a very traditional institution. Dr. Cummings’ dedication to the medical students of McGill University is unbelievable. Her work is often not recognized by them to its rightful value but she continuously inputs countless hours to strive for something she firmly believe in: the best possible medical education for us. Despite her busy schedule, she takes the time to mentor students and to make sure to answer each individual inquiry with a prompt, complete, and honest reply. She is exemplary as a medical educator and woman leader.
Kelly’s dedication in all spheres of her life is what inspires me most. She is able to be involved in multiple extracurriculars (ACE, Explore! Careers in Health, Family Medicine student symposium, research, etc) and never fails to fully commit to them. She goes above and beyond in every single of her endeavours, and never expects recognition, though she deserves praise for her ability to challenge the status quo and create positive change for her community. For instance, in 2017, her leadership and dedication allowed the Explore! Careers in Health team to open their program to rural high school students, a component of the program that keeps growing every year since.
Xin Mei Liu
Xin is like a ball of fire. Whether it is by leading the MSS, creating Probeficiency, an ultrasound teaching service or giving to the Haitian community, Xin is able to connect with people, make them feel heard and empowered, and create change. Her fierceness and open mind make her a trusted leader in the different communities she belongs to. She is not scared to fight for what she believes in and challenge the status quo, and this makes her a model for her peers.
Anudari has undertaken many projects in the past related to youth empowerment and organ donation which she still leads today. In this nomination text, I will focus on her initiatives in global surgery to outline her qualities. Anudari initiated a collaboration between the Center for Global Surgery at the McGill University Health Centre and the only trauma center in Mongolia, her home country.
The first time she traveled there with the purpose of establishing this collaboration, she had to start from scratch. With her natural charisma and determination, she eventually built a team of medical students and officials at various Health institutions in Mongolia to evaluate improve the trauma care in Mongolia. Two years later, her team now has partners at the Ministry of Health, Centre for Health Development, and Mongolian National University in Medical Sciences. They have also established many research involving local medical students, residents, doctors, and nurses, and implemented a Trauma and Disaster Team Response course. More stakeholders are joining the conversation with the goal of improving the trauma system in Mongolia. The collaboration has now become official and both institutions agreed to collaborate on research, educational and exchange projects for the next decade. As one of the key architects of this growing partnership, Anudari was an ambassador, cultural mediator, and negotiator—unique roles that exemplify her abilities as a communicator, collaborator and leader.
I had the chance to witness her work ethic in the past years. Leading this type of international collaboration requires her to be accountable and responsible to ensure its constant evolution. A long-lasting partnership like this one must be established on solid bases of honesty from both part and she makes sure of it by being transparent with all her colleagues on the progress of the research projects, the feasibility of some initiatives, and the various obstacles they encounter.
However, at its core, I believe Anudari’s involvement epitomizes her altruism. Put simply, Anudari lives to serve those in need. She is the most selfless person I know—and most of my friends have dedicated their life to patient service. Constantly placing the needs of others before her own, she is continually seeking to improve herself in the optic of one day serving others while remaining respectful and honest with her colleagues. She seeks not only her own growth, but also that of those around her.
Dr. Wendy Chiu
Dr. Chiu is not only passionate and empathetic towards her patients, she also was wholeheartedly devoted to teaching the medical students the ins and outs related to each patient. Extremely likable, she brought out the sunshine in a place where people were very elderly and inflicted with co-morbidities. When I was there, I loved the interpersonal dynamics of the department, that people worked together, communicated frankly, and had a very positive vibe. I loved working with and learning from Dr. Chiu, and the same was felt by my fellow students.
Dr. Preetha Krishnamoorthy
Phenomenal teacher, great clinician, humanistic values and inspires students to stay well and pursue their interests. Genuine attempts to accomodate students and help them meet their career goals. Empathy towards patients and families and very involved in faculty, all this while maintaining a great life balance.